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‘The Crown’ Has Chosen Its Prince Philip For Final Two Seasons

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‘The Crown’ Has Chosen Its Prince Philip For Final Two Seasons

The Crown has officially found its Prince Phillip for the final two seasons, casting Jonathan Pryce in the role.

According to Variety, the 73-year-old actor, best known for playing High Sparrow in Game Of Thrones, will be picking up the part of The Queen's husband for the fifth and sixth season of the show - which will also be the last.

Game Of Thrones' Jonathan Pryce will be taking over (Credit: HBO)
Game Of Thrones' Jonathan Pryce will be taking over (Credit: HBO)

He will be playing alongside Imelda Staunton, who will take over from Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, and Lesley Manville, who replaces Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.

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Previously, Prince Phillip has been played by fellow Game Of Thrones star Tobias Menzies and Doctor Who actor, Matt Smith.

The news comes just one month after The Crown show-runner Peter Morgan confirmed the sixth season would conclude the Netflix series.

"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," he said.

The actor will play Prince Phillip in the fifth and sixth seasons (Credit: PA)
The actor will play Prince Phillip in the fifth and sixth seasons (Credit: PA)
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"To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day - it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail".

Season 4 of the Emmy nominated hit is set to land later this year, although an exact date has not been announced.

The upcoming segment will cover Margaret Thatcher's time in power, and delve deeper into Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage.

Tobias Menzies previously took on the role (Credit: BBC)
Tobias Menzies previously took on the role (Credit: BBC)
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The fifth and final season will then take a filming break before re-starting production in 2021, and airing in 2022.

Jonathan Pryce was recently nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Two Popes, narrowly missing out to Joaquin Phoenix.

You might also remember the actor playing alongside Madonna in Evita, or in his role of a Bond villain in Tomorrow Never Dies.

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Topics: TV News, The Crown, TV Entertainment

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