The Crown season 5—everything we know so far about the cast, plot and release date

The Crown season 5 will see new cast members taking centre stage in the hit drama

The Crown (TV series), season 4: Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II
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The Crown season 5 might not have landed yet, but that hasn’t stopped people wondering who is joining the cast of the hit drama-and what Royal Family moments it could cover. 

The Crown season 5 is sure to have all the magnificent costumes and shocking scenes we’ve come to expect from the hit Netflix drama. Season 4, saw the show move to cover much more recent history, focusing on the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. And from the moment it arrived on the popular streaming platform, it had fans hooked, with many speculating on how accurate The Crown really is. Some prominent figures, such as Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer, expressed fears that people could forget The Crown is “fiction” and mistake events for fact. 

Despite this, the show has kept audiences entertained with its fictional depiction of royal history. Now, almost seven months after season 4 premiered on Netflix, some might be eager to dive back into the world of the British Royal Family. 

But when exactly is The Crown season 5 release date and who is joining the cast?

Prince Charles and Princess Diana in Netflix's The Crown

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What is The Crown season 5 release date?

Unfortunately for eager viewers, the official The Crown season 5 release date has not yet been announced. Though back in April this year, Variety reported that production on The Crown season 5 is set to start in July. The publication claimed that cameras hope to start rolling then under strict Covid-19 protocols, whilst the Radio Times previously claimed that the royal drama was reportedly always due to take a production hiatus between seasons 4 and 5 and has suggested season 5 will not be released until 2022. If this turns out to be true, it could mean that whilst the precise release date for next year remains unknown, The Crown season 5 is not quite so far away after all. 

Will there be a The Crown season 6?  

Though the wait for The Crown season 5 to debut might prove challenging as fans re-watch their favorite episodes from seasons 1-4, there is an even greater reward for this patience coming in the future. Last year Netflix took to Twitter to confirm that there would not only be a The Crown season 5, but a season 6 too. 

‘News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five!’ they wrote excitedly, before going on to share more detail from show creator Peter Morgan in a follow-up Tweet.

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“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons”, Peter’s statement declared.

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So whilst we might have to be patient as we wait for The Crown season 5 to land on Netflix, it seems we’ll have plenty more drama to enjoy long after we’ve raced through to the series finale.

Who is in The Crown cast season 5?  

As viewers have come to expect after watching previous seasons, the cast will be undergoing some changes in The Crown season 5 as the Royal Family members reach different stages in life. In the earlier seasons, Doctor Who star Matt Smith played Prince Philip, before the role was taken over by Tobias Menzies. 

Now for The Crown season 5, Jonathan Pryce will be playing the Duke of Edinburgh and where Vanessa Kirby and Helena Bonham Carter once portrayed the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, Olivier Award winner Lesley Manville will be taking up the mantle. 

The Crown (TV series), season 4: Emma Corrin as Diana, Princess of Wales

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Meanwhile, though Emma Corrin won huge praise for her portrayal of Princess Diana in The Crown season 4, she will be handing this role over to Elizabeth Debicki. And given how prominent Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage was as a plot point in season 4, it’s perhaps only expected that many fans will be speculating on who will be playing Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in season 5. 

Whilst Olivia Williams has reportedly been cast as the future Duchess of Cornwall, the casting for Prince Charles has not yet been confirmed.

Who will play the Queen in season 5 of The Crown?

We might have got used to watching everyone’s favorite Oscar-winning actor, Olivia Colman, shine in her role as Queen Elizabeth II on the Netflix show, but from The Crown season 5, there’s a new Queen in town. Imelda Staunton, perhaps best known for her role as Professor Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film adaptation, will be stepping into Olivia’s shoes next season. Olivia Colman previously issued a warning to Imelda about her itchy wig prior to filming and Imelda will be the third actor to take on this iconic role, following on from Olivia and Claire Foy.

THE CROWN Netflix TV series with Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth in series 3

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According to The Hollywood Reporter after being cast as Queen Elizabeth II, a delighted Imelda revealed she has “loved watching The Crown from the very start”, before going on to praise her predecessors.

“As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts. I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion,” she declared.

What plot points will The Crown season 5 cover? 

With filming said to have not yet started, it’s not been confirmed exactly what period of history The Crown season 5 will be covering. The Crown season 4 came to an end in 1990, following Margaret Thatcher’s resignation and it’s been speculated by some that The Crown season 5 could move forward into the 90s, during the period when John Major was Prime Minister. The early 90s would certainly make for some dramatic storylines, with the Queen herself describing 1992 as her “annus horribilis” (horrible year). 

It was then that her only daughter Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips got divorced and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York also split. In November 1992, a fire also broke out at the Queen’s Berkshire home, Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle On Fire November 1992

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And whilst 1992 was definitely a challenging year, things did not get easier as the 90s progressed. Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced and her shocking panorama interview aired in 1995. Two years later in 1997, the Princess of Wales tragically passed way. It’s not known whether The Crown season 5 will cover this devastating time, though it’s thought likely that if it does not, The Crown season 6 might well do so.

Until an official synopsis is released, fans will just have to wait and see exactly what The Crown season 5 might cover. 

Though for anyone that just can’t wait that long, catching up on the recent Kate and William anniversary documentary, and all of The Crown's previous dramatic seasons on Netflix is the perfect way to spend a summer evening!

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