How the Cast of The Crown Compares to the Real-Life Players

Olivia Colman‘s reign as Queen Elizabeth II has come to an end.

Sunday, Sept. 19 marks the last Emmy Awards where Colman will be up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on The Crown. Why? Because she’s since passed on the, well, crown to Harry Potter actress Imelda Staunton.

On July 30, Netflix released the first look of Staunton’s transformation into Queen Elizabeth II, a much anticipated image as the actress’s casting was first teased back in November 2019. In the first glimpse, Staunton donned the queen’s signature short bob, pearls and yellow-patterned outfit.

But she’s obviously not the first to hold the throne as part of the Netflix series: Prior to Staunton and Colman’s reigns, Claire Foy played Queen Elizabeth.

And it appears Colman is excited to hand over her crown. “Imelda is extraordinary,” she raved to the Radio Times in December, “and she’s going to do it all much better than me. I can’t wait to watch what she does.”

We don’t know about “better,” since season four of The Crown is up for several awards at the 2021 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and many acting nominations.

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