The Crown is an American television drama series created and written by Peter Morgan for Netflix. It is produced by Sony Pictures television and Left Bank Productions.


The series covers the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Peter Morgan, who wrote 2006 film The Queen and the recent stage play The Audience, teamed up with director Stephen Daldry to create the series.

The series follows a young Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) as she begins her reign and her husband Prince Philip (Matt Smith) as he struggles to serve her. Other stars include John Lithgow as Winston Churchill and Vanessa Kirby as Elizabeth’s sister Princess Margaret.


Seasons 1 & 2

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II
Matt Smith as Prince Philip
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret
Victoria Hamilton as Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother
Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary
Greg Wise as Lord Louis Mountbatten
Ben Miles as Peter Townsend
Jeremy Northam as Anthony Eden
Alex Jennings as Edward, Duke of Windsor
Lia Williams as Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
Jared Harris as King George VI
John Lithgow as Winston Churchill
Matthew Goode as Antony Armstrong-Jones
Anton Lesser as Harold Macmillan

Recurring Cast

Pip Torrens as Tommy Lascelles
Will Keen as Michael Adeane
Harry Hadden-Paton as Martin Charteris
Daniel Ings as Michael Parker
Harriet Walter as Clementine Churchill
Simon Chandler as Clement Attlee
Patrick Ryecart
as Jock Colville
Kate Phillips as Venetia Scott

Featured Cast
Featured cast are billed with the main cast in the episode in which they appear.

  • Stephen Dillane as Graham Sutherland, a noted artist who paints a portrait of the ageing Churchill
  • Gemma Whelan as Patricia Campbell, a secretary who works with Altrincham and types up his editorial
  • John Heffernan as Lord Altrincham, a writer who penned a scathing criticism of the Queen
  • Paul Sparks as Billy Graham, a prominent American preacher with whom Elizabeth consults
  • Michael C. Hall as John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States who visits the Queen
  • Jodi Balfour as Jacqueline Kennedy, the First Lady of the United States
  • Burghart Klaussner as Dr. Kurt Hahn, the founder of Gordonstoun, where Philip and Charles went to school

Seasons 3 & 4

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II
Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip
Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret
Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones
Erin Doherty as Princess Anne
Jason Watkins as Harold Wilson


Season 1

# Image Title Writer(s) Director
101 Wolferton Splash Wolferton Splash Peter Morgan Stephen Daldry
102 Hyde Park Corner Hyde Park Corner Peter Morgan Stephen Daldry
103 Windsor Windsor Peter Morgan Philip Martin
104 Act of God Act of God Peter Morgan Julian Jarrold
105 Smoke and Mirrors Smoke and Mirrors Peter Morgan Julian Jarrold
106 Geliginte Gelignite Peter Morgan Julian Jarrold
107 Scientia Potentia Est Scientia Potentia Est Peter Morgan Benjamin Caron
108 Pride & Joy Pride & Joy Peter Morgan Philip Martin
109 Assassins Assassins Peter Morgan Benjamin Caron
110 Gloriana Gloriana Peter Morgan Philip Martin

Season 2

# Image Title Writer(s) Director
201 201 Misadventure Peter Morgan Philip Martin
202 202 A Company of Men Peter Morgan Philip Martin
203 203 Lisbon Peter Morgan Philip Martin
204 204 Beryl Amy Jenkins and Peter Morgan Benjamin Caron
205 205 Marionettes Peter Morgan Philippa Lowthorpe
206 206 Vergangenheit Peter Morgan Philippa Lowthorpe
207 207 Matrimonium Peter Morgan Benjamin Caron
208 208 Dear Mrs. Kennedy Peter Morgan Stephen Daldry
209 209 Paterfamilias Tom Edge and Peter Morgan Stephen Daldry
210 210 Mystery Man Peter Morgan Benjamin Caron

Season 3

# Image Title Writer(s) Director
301 301 Olding Peter Morgan Benjamin Caron
The royal family mourns the passing of Winston Churchill. The United Kingdom ushers in a new prime minister, the Labour Party's Harold Wilson whom Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth hear might be a Soviet spy.
302 302 Margaretology Peter Morgan Benjamin Caron
While Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon visit the USA, the queen, at the bidding of Harold Wilson, asks them to make a side trip to Washington, D.C. to ask President Johnson for financial assistance for the United Kingdom.
303 303 Aberfan Peter Morgan Benjamin Caron
A horrible disaster in the Welsh town of Aberfan leaves scores of children dead, but when the Queen takes a week to decide to visit the town to offer solace to its people, she must confront her reasons for postponing the trip.
304 304 Bubbikins Peter Morgan Benjamin Caron
Left without a home by a political coup in Athens, Philip's eccentric mother, Princess Alice of Greece, is invited to live in Buckingham Palace by the Queen.
305 305 Coup Peter Morgan Christian Schwochow
While the Queen travels abroad to learn about horse training, unhappiness among the British elite with the devaluation of the pound involves Lord Mountbatten in a plan to oust Harold Wilson.
306 306 Tywysog Cymru James Graham & Peter Morgan Christian Schwochow
Prince Charles is sent to Aberystwyth to learn Welsh from an ardent nationalist in preparation for the ceremony for his investiture as Prince of Wales.
307 307 Moondust Peter Morgan Jessica Hobbs
The 1969 moon landing occasions a mid-life crisis in Prince Philip, who thinks of the adventures he has missed as the Queen's consort.
308 308 Dangling Man David Hancock & Peter Morgan Samuel Donovan
While Princess Anne dates her elder brother's polo rival Andrew Parker Bowles, Prince Charles falls deeply in love with Camilla Shand causing the Queen Mother and Lord Mountbatten to interfere.
309 309 Imbroglio Peter Morgan Samuel Donovan
Charles visits the exiled Duke of Windsor in his Paris chateau, only to find him very ill. But will the Queen make peace with her uncle before he dies?
310 310 Cri de Coeur Peter Morgan Jessica Hobbs
As her marriage falls apart, Princess Margaret finds solace in the arms of a much younger landscape gardener. The Queen and the nation celebrate Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee.


The series is intended to relay 10 years in 10 episodes per season and, should it come to pass, a planned 6 seasons would cover just about the span of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.[1]


Season 1 of The Crown premiered on November 4, 2016, and consists of ten one-hour episodes.


  • Head of Netflix confirms that there are six seasons planned for The Crown.[2]
  • Morgan originally envisioned three seasons chronicling the young, the middle-aged and the elder Queen Elizabeth.[3]
  • This is Netflix’s most expensive drama to date, and the first series to be made in the UK.



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