Imelda Staunton has told how she felt a lot of pressure to play Queen Elizabeth II in season five of The Crown.
It was announced earlier this year that the Harry Potter star would take the reins from Olivia Colman for one just chapter in the Netflix series.
Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford about the role on Wednesday’s This Morning, Imelda said she felt ‘pressure from every angle’ to play Queen Elizabeth.
‘I am following two extraordinary actresses, but I am also following one extraordinary human being, which is the Queen,’ she began.
‘Because she’s so much in a lot of our lives and we know how she looks and how she sounds.
‘Of course, I have to be like her as much as I can, but also I have to tell a story and a story of a day, whatever that is.’
The actress added: ‘And (writer) Peter Morgan’s job is to do her backstage life.
‘That’s where his writing comes in and it’s so extraordinary because we have all got so much footage of the Queen doing her speeches and things like that, and the strength of The Crown has been going inside their private lives and making it as real as you can.’
The Crown is about to return to our screens for season four, and it will be the last time we see the current cast in their roles.
Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret, replacing Helena Bonham-Carter.
Elizabeth Debicki will replace Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.
Emerald Fennell is currently playing Camilla Parker Bowles, but her replacement is yet to be confirmed.
It was also recently reported that Dominic West has signed up to play Prince Charles for the last two seasons.
According to reports, the actor is set to replace Josh O’Connor as the tortured prince in the upcoming instalments, following a time jump within the series which will see the current cast replaced.
Season five will track the breakdown of his relationship with Princess Diana (to be played by Elizabeth Debicki) and his subsequent affair with first love, Camilla Parker-Bowles, before his divorce.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV and The Crown returns to Netflix on Nov 14.
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