Imelda Staunton will Play The Queen in the Final Season of “The Crown”

Imelda Staunton. Photo by Massimo Insabato/Shutterstock (10450885y)

It’s been a rocky year for fans of the royal family, but this latest piece of news may be the pea that tips the crown…

It has been announced that Netflix’s series which follows the lives of the monarchy, The Crown, will end after its fifth season. 

“At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” show creator Peter Morgan said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”

Olivia Colman is currently playing Queen Elizabeth II during the middle period of her life. She will continue to do so for another season before Imelda Staunton takes over. 

“As an actor, it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts,” said the Maleficent actress. “I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion.”

Season 5 of the show does not yet have a premiere date.