Matt Smith Coming to Netflix
A cast of well-known actors will get the royal treatment in a new Netflix political drama, The Crown.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith will portray Philip Mountbatten, the Duke of Edinburgh, the streaming service announced Thursday. The British drama also will feature Third Rock from the Sun’s John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill and Claire Foy of PBS’ Wolf Hall as Queen Elizabeth II.
The show, set in the years after World War II, follows the power struggle between Britain’s royal and political addresses: Buckingham Palace vs. 10 Downing St. The 10-episode season will look at love, lies and the dynamic relationship between the Crown and prime ministers that shaped the country in the post-war years, the Netflix announcement says.
The Crown is inspired by the award-winning West End and Broadway play The Audience, and follows the story of Queen Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne and her relationships with the various prime ministers over the years.