Josh O'Connor

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Josh O’Connor

Josh O’Connor and Marion Bailey have joined the cast of The Crown.

O’Connor, nominated for a Bafta and winner of a BIFA for his breakout role in God’s Own Country, will play Prince Charles in series three of the Netflix drama. 

Bailey, whose roles include Allied, Mr. Turner and Vera Drake, replaces Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother.

Many major roles in the period drama, produced by Left Bank Pictures, have been recast for seasons three and four.

Olivia Colman is replacing Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth, Tobias Menzies takes on Matt Smith’s role of Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter will play Princess Margaret, replacing Vanessa Kirby.

Josh O’Connor said of his new role: “Seasons 3 and 4 will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales’s life and our national story and I’m excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all. I’m very aware it’s a formidably talented family to be joining, but reliably informed I have the ears for the part and will fit right in.”

Marion Bailey Netflix

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Marion Bailey

Bailey added: “It’s a brilliant show and we have a tough act to follow but what a gift to be playing the fascinating and greatly loved Queen Mother.”

The Crown creator Peter Morgan discussed recasting the show’s lead actors after season 2 with Screen last year, saying: “I’ve got strong feelings about how far you can go as an actor, I think you can age ten years younger than they are and ten years older and no more.”