Matt Smith’s replacement for The Crown has been confirmed

It has now been confirmed who will be stepping in to the role of Prince Philip on Netflix's The Crown, as Matt Smith prepares to bid farewell to the character he has played for two seasons.

The popular show recently revealed that British actor Tobias Menzies will be next to take on the role of Prince Philip, as the show begins filming its third season. It had widely been rumoured that Hugh Laurie could be stepping in to the role.

44-year-old Tobias is perhaps most well known for his role on historical series Outlander. Tobias has also appeared in Game of Thrones, and 2016 BBC hit, The Night Manager.

The actor will be joining his The Night Manager co-star Olivia Colman, who is set to take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy.

Tobias will be stepping into the shoes of Matt Smith, who has played the Queen’s husband for two series of the Netflix show.

Producers on The Crown have always discussed their intention to replace their actors as the series goes on, in order to accurately reflect the character’s changing ages through the years.

Tobias will portray the Duke of Edinburgh from the 1960s through to the 1980s. However, it hasn’t yet been confirmed how many series Tobias will play the role for.

During that time period, Prince Philip continued to support his wife in her many royal duties, with tours abroad and regular engagements.

It’s likely that Tobias’ run in the Netflix show will also see Prince Philip preparing his son for his eventual role of monarch, and his growing responsibilities.

Further casting for The Crown is yet to be announced, with only the actors playing the roles of the Queen and Philip having been confirmed.

However, it’s been widely suggested that Helena Bonham Carter could be set to play the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret.

Back in January, Vanessa Kirby, who currently holds the role, posted a picture on social media of her and the 51-year-old actress. She simply captioned the image, “Honoured”, tagging The Crown’s Instagram account.

Honoured @thecrownnetflix

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It’s not yet known when the third series of the Netflix drama will return, but rumours have circulated that filming is set to begin in July.

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