‘The Crown’ Adds Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret for Season 5

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The Crown has found its third Princess Margaret in Lesley Manville (Love Life, Phantom Thread) who will take on the role for Season 5 of the Netflix hit.

While Season 4 has yet to arrive, the news comes on the heels of the show’s previously announced Season 5 lead Imelda Staunton, who will portray Queen Elizabeth II. The announcement was made via the show’s Twitter page, revealing Manville’s reaction to joining the buzzy drama.

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“I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret,” Manville’s statement began. “The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down. Further more, to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.”

The character based on the British Monarchy’s real Princess Margaret has been a fan favorite since Season 1. Vanessa Kirby portrayed the princess in Seasons 1 and 2 and most recently Helena Bonham Carter played Margaret in Season 3. Carter will return to play Princess Margaret in the show’s forthcoming Season 4.

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Vanessa Kirby and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret (Credit: Netflix)

Dramatizing the rule of Queen Elizabeth over the decades, The Crown has changed its cast twice in an effort to reflect the characters’ aging. A third version of Prince Phillip and other figures have yet to be announced. Stay tuned for more news about The Crown as casting continues.

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