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Netflix's 'The Crown' - First Look at Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth Revealed!

The Crown is coming back, and there’s an exciting first look!

Production on Season 5 of the Netflix hit series is now underway, and the streamer just revealed the first glimpse of Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth.

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Imelda Staunton Dishes About Playing The Queen in Modern Times on 'The Crown'

Imelda Staunton is about to step into some big shoes on The Crown.

The 64-year-old actress will star as Queen Elizabeth in seasons five and six of the popular Netflix series, taking over from Olivia Colman, who previously took over for Claire Foy.

During an appearance on BBC radio’s “Woman’s Hour”, Imelda opened up about the unique challenge that faces her about playing Elizabeth in more modern times, versus the past like Olivia and Claire had done.

“I think my sort of extra challenge, as if I needed it, is that I’m now doing the Queen that we’re a little more familiar with,” she shared. “With Claire Foy, it was almost history and now I’m playing one that people could say ‘she doesn’t do that,’ ‘she’s not like that,’ and that’s my personal bête noire.”

Imelda was also asked about the fictionalization controversy that has surrounded the series, since Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden called out the program for presenting the show as fact.

“I think that is up to producers and directors,” she shared. “This isn’t verbatim; this isn’t taken from diaries. You’ve got to use your imagination, and I’d like to allow the audience a bit of intelligence. You can’t know that’s what Margaret and Elizabeth were talking about.”

Many other stars, including Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, have weighed in on the controversy as well. Here’s what they said…

'The Crown' to End With Season 5, Imelda Staunton to Play Queen Elizabeth!

The Crown is coming to an end – and there’s a new actress stepping in to play Queen Elizabeth for the show’s series finale!

The show will end with Season 5, with Imelda Staunton stepping in to play the Queen in the show’s final season, creator Peter Morgan confirmed on Friday (January 31).

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“I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty the The Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st century. Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman,” Peter said in a statement.

“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. I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”

Will The Crown cover Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s royal exit? Here’s what will happen…

Imelda Staunton Has Not Been Cast in 'The Crown'

Despite some reports, Imelda Staunton has not actually been cast in The Crown.

Netflix has announced that the 63-year-old Harry Potter and Downton Abbey actress does not have a confirmed role in seasons five and six of the series.

“We are currently filming season 4 of The Crown but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure speculation,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement (via Variety).

Imelda Staunton was rumored to take over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Olivia Colman.

Season three of The Crown recently debuted on Netflix. Production on season four is underway, though a premiere date announced has not yet been announced.

READ MORE: ‘The Crown’ Season 3 Pays Tribute to Prince George – Find Out How!

Michelle Dockery Goes Glam for 'Downton Abbey' Screening at Rome Film Festival

Michelle Dockery stuns on the red carpet at the screening Downton Abbey on Saturday night (October 19) in Rome, Italy.

The 37-year-old actress looked so pretty in a floral-print gown as she attended the screening held during the 2019 Rome Film Festival.

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Joining Michelle on the red carpet were her co-stars Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton along with the movie’s director Michael Engler.

You can catch Michelle in the upcoming movie The Gentleman with Matthew McConaughey and Henry Golding.

Downton Abbey is out in theaters in the United States now!

FYI: Michelle is wearing a Valentino gown.

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'Downton Abbey' Movie Cast Walks Red Carpet at London Premiere!

Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, and Allen Leech pose together on the red carpet at the Downton Abbey premiere on Monday (September 9) at Cineworld Leicester Square in London, England.

More cast members stepping out for the event included Robert James-Collier, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, Imelda Staunton, Raquel Cassidy, Sophie McShera, Phyllis Logan, Geraldine James, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, Simon Jones, Lesley Niccol, Max Brown, Michael Fox, and David Haig.

At the premiere, Allen and his wife Jessica Blair Herman revealed that they are expecting their first child!

The Downton Abbey movie will be released in theaters in the U.S. on September 20.

FYI: Michelle is wearing a Galvan dress. Elizabeth is wearing a Zac Posen dress. Laura is wearing a Monse dress. Tuppence is wearing a Copurs dress and Jessica McCormack earrings.

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'Downton Abbey' Releases Sneak Peek Featurette - Watch Now!

Downton Abbey is teasing more of the highly anticipated film!

The Michael Engler-directed movie hits theaters on September 20, and released a new “Sneak Peek Featurette” on Tuesday (August 20).

Here’s a plot summary: this fall, the worldwide phenomenon Downton Abbey becomes a grand motion picture event, as the beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.

The movie was written by series creator Julian Fellowes and stars the original cast.

Watch the sneak peek featurette for Downton Abbey inside…