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The Crown: Here’s how Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and others compare with the real royals

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Nov 16, 2019 01:19 PM IST

The third season of The Crown welcomes a new cast as it tells the story of the modern British monarchy. The series starts off in the swinging 1960s of London and Olivia Colman is Queen Elizabeth II. Helena Bonham Carter is Princess Margaret and Tobias Menzies is royal spouse Prince Philip.

The Crown: The cast is looking more and more like their real life counterparts with the new season.
The Crown: The cast is looking more and more like their real life counterparts with the new season.

Josh O’Connor and Erin Doherty join the cast as Charles and Anne, the grown offspring of Elizabeth and Philip. Casting and costuming were almost as crucial as the scripts by Peter Morgan. The stellar work by the production crew and make up department is best realised when one compares the pictures of the actors in the show to their real life counterparts. Check out these comparisons:

Olivia Colman portraying Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Queen Elizabeth II at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on Oct. 20, 1973. (AP)
Olivia Colman portraying Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Queen Elizabeth II at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia on Oct. 20, 1973. (AP)
Helena Bonham Carter, portraying Princess Margaret, in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Princess Margaret attending the Abbey Treasures Exhibition in the Norman Undercroft of Westminster Abbey in London on Jan. 13, 1966. (AP)
Helena Bonham Carter, portraying Princess Margaret, in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Princess Margaret attending the Abbey Treasures Exhibition in the Norman Undercroft of Westminster Abbey in London on Jan. 13, 1966. (AP)
Tobias Menzies portraying Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Prince Philip at Idlewild Airport, now called John F. Kennedy International Airport, in New York in 1966. (AP)
Tobias Menzies portraying Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Prince Philip at Idlewild Airport, now called John F. Kennedy International Airport, in New York in 1966. (AP)
This combination of photos shows actor Josh O'Connor portraying Prince Charles in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Prince Charles in London on March 25, 1968. (AP)
This combination of photos shows actor Josh O'Connor portraying Prince Charles in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Prince Charles in London on March 25, 1968. (AP)
Erin Doherty portraying Princess Anne in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Princess Anne arriving at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb. 29, 1968. (AP)
Erin Doherty portraying Princess Anne in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Princess Anne arriving at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb. 29, 1968. (AP)
This combination of photos shows actress Marion Bailey portraying Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London on Dec. 6, 1954. (AP)
This combination of photos shows actress Marion Bailey portraying Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London on Dec. 6, 1954. (AP)
Charles Dance portraying Lord Louis Mountbatten in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Lord Mountbatten in London on April 22, 1955. (AP)
Charles Dance portraying Lord Louis Mountbatten in a scene from the third season of The Crown, left, and Lord Mountbatten in London on April 22, 1955. (AP)
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson during opening session of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference at Marlborough House in London on Sept. 6, 1966, left, and actor Jason Watkins portraying Wilson in a scene from The Crown. (AP)
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson during opening session of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Conference at Marlborough House in London on Sept. 6, 1966, left, and actor Jason Watkins portraying Wilson in a scene from The Crown. (AP)

Talking about the new season, Peter Morgan, the series’ creator and writer, said transparency was the proper approach. “I thought, let’s just get it out in the open. It’s always best to, as it were, be honest and direct about it: We’re changing cast. This is the new one,” he said in a phone interview from London this week, with production for next season’s episodes in progress.

There’s change as well in 1960s Britain, where this season of The Crown begins with the Labour Party narrowly winning power and Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins) installed as prime minister. Cold War rumors that Wilson is a Soviet spy are feverishly circulating, a reminder that the spread of dubious information predates the internet. When the allegation reaches the queen via Philip, she sensibly asks the source. His nonchalant reply: “Friends at the club.”

Current events echo elsewhere in The Crown, including frustration over economic disparity that exposes the monarchy’s expensive upkeep to criticism, and fraying international relations, particularly between Britain and the United States under President Lyndon B. Johnson (the explanation offered: Johnson is peeved over Wilson’s refusal to support his Vietnam policy). The season ends in the late 1970s.

Morgan said he wasn’t “engineering” parallels between then and now, but realistically depicting a “country really at its own throat” during that period. “You have the left and the right screaming at each other, and not hearing and not listening to one another,” Morgan said. “In a funny way, it was reassuring because what the show has continually reminded me of, again and again and again, is that crisis is the default position rather than harmony. But we project a harmony into the past.”

The new season releases on Netfllix on Sunday.

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