Season 1 of “The Crown” starting streaming November 4 on Netflix and is already receiving rave reviews. Before you binge the entire first season about the rise of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and her husband Prince Philip (Matt Smith), check out our handy-dandy cheat sheet guide for who’s playing whom. Click through our “The Crown” cast photo gallery above.
Foy, who creator Peter Morgan says “makes me a much better writer than I am,” takes on the daunting task of portraying the Queen, while Smith plays the role of Prince Philip who’s browbeaten by the British establishment. Foy may be best known to American audiences for her breakout turn in “Wolf Hall” (2015), where she received nominations at the BAFTAs, Critics’ Choice and Gold Derby Awards. And Smith earned a BAFTA nom for his fan-favorite role as the titular “Doctor Who” (2011).
Other notable cast members for “The Crown” include Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, Jared Harris as King George VI, Alex Jennings as the Duke of Windsor, Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill. “He has two particular on-going dramas,” Lithgow tells Netflix. “One is teaching the Queen to be a Queen, and the other is hanging onto the role of Prime Minister, when he really shouldn’t be anymore. A lion in winter.”
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