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Will Imelda Staunton Join THE CROWN For Seasons 5 and 6?

Will Imelda Staunton Join THE CROWN For Seasons 5 and 6?

This afternoon, it was reported that Olivier Award-winner Imelda Staunton will take over as Queen Elizabeth on the hit Netflix drama, The Crown.

Reports stated that Staunton would assume the throne in 2021 and reign for seasons five and six of the acclaimed series.

UPDATE: Earlier this evening, Netflix refuted the report telling Variety, "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,"

Staunton would replace Academy Award-winner, Olivia Colman in the role originated by Emmy Award-winner, Claire Foy.

The news comes hot on the heels of the revelation that Staunton is set to return to the West End in the iconic title role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!

Imelda Staunton recently completed acclaimed runs in the 2018 West End revival Stephen Sondheim's Follies and a revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

She won an Olivier Award for her performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy. Amongst her many other theatre credits, notable performances include Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, for which she won an Olivier Award, Circle, Mirror, Transformation for the Royal Court and the role of Claire in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at The Almeida Theatre. In total, Staunton has been nominated for Eleven Olivier Awards, winning four. On film Staunton is perhaps best known for playing the title role in Vera Drake, for which she received the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and for the role of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.

The Crown is a British drama chronicling the life and reign of Britain's beloved monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

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