THE CROWN’S ROYAL SHUFFLE
As the Netflix series examining the British monarchy moves towards season three there is much shuffling of cast members. The Queen Claire Foy becomes Olivia Colman. The two actors should see much of one another over the next few months as they campaign for Oscar nominations in respectively First Man and The Favourite.
Matt Smith becomes Tobias Menzies. Just eight years older than the former Doctor, Menzies is a legend among fans of timetravelling bodice-ripper Outlander. Princess Margaret Vanessa Kirby becomes Helena Bonham Carter. Everyone loves this. The breakout star of the first series – great in the last Mission: Impossible film – Kirby gives way to theatrical aristocracy.
Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Victoria Hamilton become Marion Bailey. Here’s a top fact. The Queen Mum will now be played by Mike Leigh’s wife.
Julian Baring hands over to dishy, rising star Josh O’Connor. You will recall him shagging muddily in Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country.