Anglophiles across the global will have one less monarch to watch in the coming years. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Morgan creator of Netflix’s The Crown has announced the series will be abdicating its throne after Season 5. The award wining show chronicles the life Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family starting in 1947.
“At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” said Morgan. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”
The Crown has been praised for its flawless regeneration of series lead Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy (Seasons 1 & 2) to Olivia Colman (Seasons 3 & 4). Over the course of Foy’s reign, the actress received an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Coleman’s work on Season 3, released in December 2019, earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series at the 77th annual awards ceremony.
Peter Morgan also confirmed that Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films) will ascend to the role of Queen Elizabeth in Season 5. Rumors started circulating about Staunton joining the show back in 2019. With a powerhouse actress like Staunton waiting in the wings, fans should expect another award winning performance from The Crown’s third iteration of Queen Elizabeth.