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Here's your first look at Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter in The Crown

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Our first look at Season 3 of The Crown is finally here!

New stills from the upcoming series of the royal Netflix drama have been released on The Crown’s official twitter page showing Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Daniels as Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon respectively. 

Colman is taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from British actress Claire Foy, who portrayed the Queen in the first two seasons, which covered the years 1947-1963. Colman is set to take over the role for the third and fourth seasons which are expected to follow the Royal family through the seventies. 

Colman, who made her name in 2016’s The Night Manager as well as the BAFTA award winning Broadchurch said she was ‘thrilled’ to be joining the cast, noting however that Foy would be an ‘incredibly hard act to follow’. Foy won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2017 for her performance on the show.

Colman looks every bit the part in the still that has been released, complete with pearls and cup of tea in hand. The role of Prince Philip, which was previously played by Matt Smith, is set to be played by Game of Thrones actor Tobias Menzies.

Helena Bonham Carter will be taking over the role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby, who has recently been nominated for an Emmy award for her work on the show. Bonham Carter revealed recently ‘I'm not sure which I'm more terrified about – doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby. The only thing I can guarantee is that I'll be shorter than Vanessa.’

Ben Daniels has also been shown in his role as Princess Margaret’s husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, Lord Snowdon - who was previously played by Matthew Goode. Both Bonham-Carter and Daniels’ characters are expected to play a large role in the upcoming series that is predicted to focus significantly on the breakdown of their marriage.

The decision to actually recast actors every two seasons was explained by showrunner Peter Morgan: ‘You can’t ask someone to act middle-aged. Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it. The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds’.  

The period drama is expected to return for its third season next year.

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