‘The Crown’ confirms its new Prince Philip: Tobias Menzies

Late on Wednesday evening, Netflix confirmed their new casting for the role of Prince Philip: Tobias Menzies.

Mr Menzies will be taking over from Matt Smith, who played The Duke of Edinburgh for two series to Claire Foy’s award-winning portrayal of Elizabeth II.

It was rumoured a few weeks ago that Hugh Laurie was due to step into the royal shoes, and Deadline reported that Paul Bettany had been in ‘early talks’ to play the Duke, but talks fell through as he could not commit to the eight months of filming.

Menzies, 44, is known for his roles in Game of Thrones and Outlander; he played Edmure Tully and villain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall respectively.

Olivia Colman – who worked alongside Tobias for a few episodes in ‘The Night Manager’ – will take the lead role in the next, and the fourth series as The Queen; she has previously played The Queen Mother. Helena Bonham Carter is to play Princess Margaret.

The third series of The Crown will jump a little, into the 1970s. It will feature Princess Anne’s marriage to Mark Phillips, Princess Margaret’s divorce, the Golden Jubilee, and the introduction of Prince Charles to Camilla; there may also be a cameo for Lady Diana Spencer, who would have met the Prince at this time, as he briefly dater her elder sister.

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