‘The Crown’ star Claire Foy abdicating as Queen Elizabeth II after season 2

Claire Foy has already won the Golden Globe and SAG Award for her portrayal of the young Queen Elizabeth II on “The Crown.” And she is far out front to win Best Drama Actress at the upcoming Emmys as well for her nuanced performance as this most public of figures who has a surprisingly rich private life. However, despite the series being planned for seven seasons, the actress will be bowing out after the sophomore edition, which will see the reign of Elizabeth threatened by scandals in the 1960s.

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As Foy explained at the recent BFI and Radio Times Television Festival in London, neither she nor Matt Smith, who plays Prince Phillip, will be old enough to portray these icons as the story moves forward into the 1970s. The actress made merry with this switcheroo, which she deemed to be a “substitution.”

Extending that sports metaphor, she explained, “I’m on the bench. I’m not even on the bench; I’m just in a different team on my own, unemployed.” However, Foy was quick to clarify that she knew this would happen when she said yes to the series. “That’s not a shock; we always knew when we signed up to it, and also not to be funny but it’s also a real plus.”

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On that point Foy eloquently elaborated, “As an actor there’s nothing worse than the sound of ‘seven years’. I’m sure to some people it sounds amazing but to us it’s like, seven years of playing the same person.” But she readily admitted, “I’m going to miss it terribly” before adding that she intends to remain a viewer of “The Crown” as “I just can’t wait to see where it goes.”

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