Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

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Series cast summary:
Claire Foy ...  Queen Elizabeth II / ... 20 episodes, 2016-2017
Matt Smith ...  Philip, Duke of Edinburgh / ... 20 episodes, 2016-2017
Victoria Hamilton ...  Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother / ... 17 episodes, 2016-2017
Vanessa Kirby ...  Princess Margaret 17 episodes, 2016-2017
Pip Torrens ...  Tommy Lascelles 16 episodes, 2016-2017
Will Keen ...  Michael Adeane 15 episodes, 2016-2017
Lizzy McInnerny ...  Bobo Macdonald / ... 13 episodes, 2016-2017
Chris Gordon ...  Duke of Edinburgh's Valet 13 episodes, 2016-2017
James Hillier ...  Equerry / ... 12 episodes, 2016-2017
Jeremy Northam ...  Anthony Eden 11 episodes, 2016-2017
Harry Hadden-Paton ...  Martin Charteris 11 episodes, 2016-2017
John Lithgow ...  Winston Churchill 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Clive Francis ...  Lord Salisbury 10 episodes, 2016-2017
Olivia Colman ...  Queen Elizabeth II 10 episodes, 2019
Teddy Lewis Teddy Lewis ...  Groundskeeper 10 episodes, 2016
Billy Jenkins ...  Prince Charles 9 episodes, 2016-2017
Nicholas Rowe ...  Jock Colville 9 episodes, 2016
Daniel Ings ...  Mike Parker 9 episodes, 2016-2017
Ben Miles ...  Peter Townsend 9 episodes, 2016-2017
Greg Wise ...  Lord Mountbatten 9 episodes, 2016-2017
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The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne....a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan's masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen's private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace....the leaders of an empire await. Written by Netflix

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4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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$156,000,000 (estimated)
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2.00 : 1
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In the Doctor Who (2005) episode Doctor Who: The Wedding of River Song (2011), Matt Smith's Doctor acted as an advisor to Winston Churchill. The character of Churchill also appears in this series, and is portrayed by John Lithgow. See more »

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In reality the Queen and Princess Margaret were almost the same height. Whilst Claire Foy is of similar height to the Queen, Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret) is almost 4 inches taller. In a scene of them walking together, Kirby has flat shoes to offset the height difference. See more »

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16 November 2016 | by The_late_Buddy_RyanSee all my reviews

Plot summary: A shy young woman, descended from a long line of hardworking German immigrants, doesn't feel quite ready to take over the family business.

The first season, scripted by the brilliant Peter Morgan ("The Queen"), covers only the first few years of the young queen's reign, and this big canvas, like a painting by Breughel or Bosch (but with nicer furniture!), allows for a tight focus on some tiny but revealing details; I especially liked the episode in which ER II, who's only been taught French, deportment and the British constitution, uses her expert knowledge of the latter to outfox the palace HR department (it's complicated) and hires a tutor to teach her, among other things, how the H-bomb works.

The cast is just about perfect, and Morgan's done an amazing job of bringing these remote, puppetlike figures (especially so for those of us who grew up during that era) to life in a convincing way. Over the course of ten episodes, we see Claire Foy's soft, expressive face transformed into an impassive mask of authority (perhaps the makeup artists deserve some credit here). Mike "Dr. Who" Smith is especially impressive as a slightly feral Prince Phillip, likewise Jared Harris as a menschy George VI, and John Lithgow (6′4˝) totally crushes it as a supersize Winston Churchill (5′6˝).

It's all pretty great. Most of the drama consists of intense two-shot interactions in overdecorated rooms, but there's plenty of royal pageantry, plus excursions to Kenya and Australia (both played by South Africa, btw) and various primo huntin', shootin' and fishin' spots. On to season two! We're eager to see if Princess Margaret really had it off with Jagger during the 60s!


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