'The Crown' casts Princess Margaret for fifth and final season

Carla Harmon
July 3, 2020

Manville has been confirmed for the role of Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II and the Countess of Snowdon, in the upcoming fifth season. The actress was seen in the critically acclaimed drama, Phantom Thread, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

"The baton is being passed from two formidable actresses, and I really don't want to let the side down", said Manville in an official statement about her casting on The Crown.

This news has generated quite the curiosity among the fans of the actress and the viewers of the show. "To pay siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy".

Season three of The Crown took place during 1964 and 1972 and is covering major events in British history, like Princess Margaret's affair with Roddy Llewellyn, Margaret Thatcher's political rise, and the introduction of Camilla Parker Bowles. The Peter Morgan-created show will conclude with its season five which will see actor Imelda Staunton replacing Oscar victor Olivia Colman as United Kingdom monarch Queen Elizabeth II. Others were disappointed that Helena would only be remaining in the role for one more season, with one person tweeting: "I already just got used to Helena Bonham Carter (who was honestly so damn good) after Vanessa Kirby". The 64-year-old theater-trained actress is the ideal fit for the role, having amassed a devoted following in her years onstage and onscreen.

The 64-year-old will take over the role in the series' fifth season, which is expected to be released late next year.

While season 5 now has its Margaret, Netflix has yet to announce who will be taking over the role of Philip in that final season.

Season 4 will introduce a storyline about the marriage of Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin).

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