Oscar-nominated actress Lesley Manville will join the cast of The Crown’s next season, and she will replace Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.


Netflix confirmed on Thursday that Lesley Manville has signed up for the fifth and final season of the lavish royal drama, which British producer Left Bank Pictures will begin shooting next year.

She joins Imelda Staunton, who signed up to play Queen Elizabeth II in January, replacing Olivia Colman. Princess Margaret is the Queen’s younger sister and was portrayed by Vanessa Kirby in Seasons 1 and 2.

In a quote published on The Crown’s Twitter account, Manville said she is taking over from “two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down.” She added that Staunton is a “dear friend.”

Manville received a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her work in Phantom Thread in 2017. She has also featured in ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’ and is the lead in hit BBC comedy ‘Mum’.

Peter Morgan-penned ‘The Crown’ will return for Season 4 later this year. The show snuck under the wire in wrapping just before the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the UK, but it did rob the current cast of a farewell party.