I missed out on Margaret drum role
LESLEY Manville has revealed that she only just missed out on seeing her Crown character Princess Margaret play the drums in real life.
Illness meant the actress had to turn down the chance to spend an evening as a guest of the Queen’s late sister at her house on Mustique.
Asked on Radio 4 if she had prepared for her Netflix role by visiting the Caribbean island, Lesley, 65, said: “I have actually been to Mustique a very long time ago and I missed meeting Princess Margaret by one night.
“I had mastitis and I had to fly home...and apparently that night she was playing the drums. I mean, really…” she said.
Lesley, who was in Channel 4’s I Am Maria last night, has begun filming for the fifth and sixth series of The Crown, taking over from Vanessa Kirby and Helena Bonham Carter.
She said: “I’ve read all the books. Then you start to listen to [Margaret] in the more recent history, which is when I will be playing her.” The fifth series covers the Royals’ stormy 1990s.