Jonathan Pryce will be Prince Philip in final two series of 'The Crown'

Tom Beasley
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Jonathan Pryce attends a SAG career retrospective event on January 27, 2020. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
Jonathan Pryce attends a SAG career retrospective event on January 27, 2020. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)

Jonathan Pryce is set to take over the role of Prince Philip for the final two series of Netflix royal drama The Crown, according to Deadline.

The 73-year-old veteran performer will take over from Tobias Menzies, who portrayed the Duke of Edinburgh in series three and will reprise the role for the upcoming fourth series.

Matt Smith was the original actor playing Philip in the first two series, appearing alongside Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II.

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Imelda Staunton will play the Queen in the final pair of series, taking over from Olivia Colman, who won a Golden Globe for her performance.

Lesley Manville has also been confirmed for series five and six as Princess Margaret.

Tobias Menzies and Olivia Colman as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in 'The Crown'. (Credit: Des Willie/Netflix)
Tobias Menzies and Olivia Colman as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in 'The Crown'. (Credit: Des Willie/Netflix)

Pryce has had a varied career on both stage and screen, winning two Tony Awards and securing his first Oscar nomination this year for playing Pope Francis in The Two Popes.

On the small screen, he is best known for playing religious leader The High Sparrow in Game of Thrones.

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In a statement shared on Twitter, Pryce said he is “delighted” to be collaborating with Netflix again.

He added: “The positive experience I had making The Two Popes has given me the confidence to tackle the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip.”

The Crown is set to return later this year for its fourth series, having completed the lion’s share of its filming before coronavirus caused TV and film productions to shut down all over the world.

Cast members were able to help complete the series from quarantine, sending extra voice work through to the production team via their smartphones.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12:  A pregnant Diana, Princess of Wales with Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 12, 1982 in London, England. (photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
A pregnant Diana, Princess of Wales with Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1982. (photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

While series four of The Crown will not be affected by the coronavirus, the fifth series has been delayed and will not air until 2022.

Deadline reported that this delay had always been planned and was not a result of the pandemic.

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The fourth series of The Crown will be set during the 1980s, with Gillian Anderson portraying divisive prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

The final two series are set to feature events extending into the early part of the 21st century, likely including the death of Princess Margaret and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.