The Crown season 4 photos confirm SPOILER is back

Justin Harp

From Digital Spy

Note: The following contains spoilers for The Crown's forthcoming fourth season.

The Crown fans will spot one very familiar face on set as filming continues on new episodes.

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Claire Foy, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of the Netflix series, has been back on the set filming what are expected to be flashback scenes for season four.

The crew are recreating The Queen's 21st birthday speech, which took place during a commonwealth tour of South Africa in 1947. Foy has just finished up an on-stage reunion with Crown co-star Matt Smith at the Old Vic in Lungs.

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Foy was replaced as The Queen by Academy Award winner Olivia Colman for the third series of The Crown, with rumours now circulating that Colman herself will be succeeded by Vera Drake and Harry Potter star Imelda Staunton in season five.

Before that, the fourth season will also bring in the era of The X-Files and Sex Education star Gillian Anderson as controversial Prime Minister Maggie Thatcher — setting the stage for a clash of egos with The Queen.

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Series showrunner Peter Morgan recently hinted on The Crown's official podcast: "They're six months apart. That's very much one of those emblems, the eagle with two heads, facing in opposite directions. A lot of similarities and a lot of differences.

"They were born just six months apart. They've got an awful lot in common, not least their gender. Sometimes the things that you think will bring two people together actually drives them apart."

The Crown is available to watch on Netflix.

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