Olivia Colman makes 'The Crown' debut in first teaser trailer

Tom Butler
Senior Editor
Olivia Colman as Her Madge in the The Crown S3. (Netflix)

Olivia Colman has made her debut as the Queen in a new teaser trailer for the third season of The Crown.

Colman is taking over as the Queen from Claire Foy in the lavish period drama series from Netflix, and the streaming giant has revealed her portrayal of the monarch in a new short clip.

It references the transition to an older version of the Queen, as she assesses a recent portrait she has had taken for a new set of stamps.

She is told by an aide that the portrait is "an elegant reflection of Her Majesty's transition from young woman to..." before the monarch interrupts: "Old bat?"

Her aide corrects her: "Settled sovereign... just the tiniest changes."

As Colman's Queen looks at an older stamp, showing Foy as the Queen, and
the new one, she adds: "A great many changes.”

"Nothing one can do about it, one just has to get on with it."

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The new series of The Crown will cover the period from 1964 to 1977 and will see Tobias Menzies take over the role of the Duke of Edinburgh from Matt Smith, while Helena Bonham Carter will take over as Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby.

Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies in The Crown. (Netflix)

Ben Daniels will take over as Tony Armstrong-Jones from Matthew Goode, while Josh O'Connor will play the Prince of Wales, Erin Doherty will appear as the Princess Royal, Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother and Jason Watkins as prime minister Harold Wilson.

Killing Eve writer Emerald Fennell will play Camilla Shand, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

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Synopsis: The third season of The Crown sees a new guard sweep into Downing Street, as Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family struggle to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing Britain. From cold-war paranoia, through to the jet-set and the space age - the exuberance of the 1960s and the long hangover of the 1970s - Elizabeth and the Royals must adapt to a new, more liberated, but also more turbulent world.

Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles in The Crown. (Netflix)

Written by Peter Morgan, The Crown also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon, Jason Watkins as Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten.

The new series will launch on the streaming service on 17 November.

With reporting by PA.