The Crown series five: Dominic West’s son Senan, 13, ‘is cast as teenage Prince William’ after his father landed role as Prince Charles
- The 13-year-old, whose father is replacing Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, is said to have impressed casting agents with his audition tape
- According to Variety, Senan will play Prince William as he begins to mature into a young man and will appear in the final few episodes of the season
- The publication reports that the young actor’s audition tape caught the attention of casting agents after a nationwide search was conducted
- The fourth series of The Crown, which streamed in November last year, told the story of the early romance between Charles and Diana
- The high-profile fifth series of The Crown is set to feature controversial issues such as the divorce of Charles and Diana and the fallout from her death
Dominic West’s son Senan has reportedly been cast to play a young Prince William in The Crown.
The 13-year-old, whose father is replacing Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, is said to have impressed casting agents with his audition tape.
According to Variety, Senan will play Prince William as he begins to mature into a young man and will appear in the final few episodes of the season.
Family: Dominic West’s son Senan has reportedly been cast to play a young Prince William in The Crown (pictured with his children L-R, Dora, 15, Christabel, five, Senan, 13, Francis, 12, and Martha, 23, in 2016)
The publication reports that the young actor, despite his father being on the show, auditioned like anyone else and sent in a tape through his agent.
Senan will play the teenage version of William, while child actor Timothee Sambor will portray the prince as a child.
Dominic is father to Dora, 15, Senan, Francis, 12, and Christabel, five, with his wife Catherine FitzGerald while he shares daughter Martha, 23, with his former partner Polly Astor.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Netflix and Dominic West for comment.
Cast: The 13-year-old, whose father is replacing Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, is said to have impressed casting agents with his audition tape (Dominic pictured as Prince Charles)
impressive: The 13-year-old is said to have impressed casting agents with his audition tape (Senan pictured left in 2016 and Prince William pictured right in 1995)
Senan’s casting came after The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden revealed The Crown bosses were scrabbling to find an actor to play William with just a fortnight to go until filming was set to begin.
‘A lot of parents would think twice before letting their son appear in such a drama,’ a source told Eden. ‘It’s going to be a harrowing role that will create a major backlash.’
The job description said Netflix was seeking: ‘A boy aged between 13 and 15 years old to play 13-year-old Prince William in the next series… talented, intelligent and sensitive boy who can rise to the challenge of playing this famous character alongside leading British acting talent.’
Role: Senan will play Prince William as he begins to mature into a young man and will appear in the final few episodes of the season (William pictured with Princess Diana and Harry in 1994)
Prince William was just 15 when his mother Princess Diana died in a car crash alongside her partner Dodi Al Fayed, who will be portrayed by Khalid Abdalla.
Emma Corrin took on the role of Diana in season four while she has been replaced by Elizabeth Debicki for the fifth season.
The fourth series of The Crown, which streamed in November last year, told the story of the early romance between Charles and Diana.
The high-profile fifth series of The Crown is set to feature controversial issues such as the divorce of Charles and Diana, the fallout from Diana’s death and and entire episode dedicated to Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview with Diana.
Other notable events during the time period included a fire at Windsor Castle, her golden wedding anniversary in 1997, and the deaths of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and the Princess of Wales.
Young star: While Senan takes on the role of teenage William, Timothee Sambor, 11, (pictured left) will play a younger depiction of Prince William (right in 1992) in the Netflix drama
Impressed: The publication reports that the young actor’s audition tape caught the attention of casting agents after a nationwide search was conducted (Charles and William pictured in 2000)
Imelda Staunton is taking over the role of Elizabeth II from Olivia Colman who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in 2020 and 2021.
Also joining The Crown in series five is Lesley Manville, 64, who is set to star as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce, 73, will take over the role of Prince Philip for the seasons showing the Royals navigating the 1990s and early 2000s.
James Murray will take on the role of Prince Andrew, replacing Tom Byrne, who played the Queen’s second son in series four.
It comes after it emerged the Royal Family could have grounds to sue Netflix over their portrayal in The Crown, after friends of The Firm sought their own legal advice.
WHO HAS BEEN CAST IN SERIES FIVE OF THE CROWN?
PRINCESS DIANA – PLAYED BY ELIZABETH DEBICKI (REPLACING EMMA CORRIN)
Out with the old… MailOnline takes a look at The Crown’s new stars for series five – it was announced that Elizabeth had been cast as Princess Diana last August, and fans of the Netflix show were delight to hear that the Australian actress would be taking on the role
Screen star: From her big break in 2013’s The Great Gatsby to becoming a household name thanks to 2016 TV series The Night Manager, Elizabeth steadily climbed up the ranks of showbusiness to secure the career-making role
It was announced that Elizabeth, 30, had been cast as Princess Diana last August, and fans of the Netflix show were delighted to hear that the Australian actress would be taking on the role – replacing Emma Corrin.
Past: Emma Corrin played the People’s Princess in the show’s fourth series
From her big break in 2013’s The Great Gatsby to becoming a household name thanks to 2016 TV series The Night Manager, the star steadily climbed up the ranks of showbusiness to secure the career-making role.
A former ballerina in training, Elizabeth switched to theatre during high school. She studied at University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, where she was also awarded the Richard Pratt Bursary for outstanding acting students.
She shot to stardom after making her debut in The Great Gatsby in 2013, after impressing the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann, with her brief appearance in the 2011 Australian movie A Few Best Men.
Since then, she has appeared in several movies including The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Tenet and The Cloverfield Paradox.
Elizabeth has also done voiceovers for Peter Rabbit and appeared in television series The Kettering Incident and The Night Manager alongside Tom Hiddleston.
The actress said of her casting last year: ‘Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many. It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.’
PRINCESS ANNE – PLAYED BY CLAUDIA HARRISON (REPLACING ERIN DOHERTY)
Who’s who? The actress playing Princess Anne in The Crown’s fifth season has been revealed as The IT Crowd and Humans star Claudia
RADA-trained performer Claudia was spotted in character on-set at Scotland’s Covesea Lighthouse on Tuesday, where she was shooting opposite Imelda Staunton, who is taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix show.
Claudia, 45, boasts a number of TV gigs on her CV as well as a high-profile co-star following her turn in 2005 thriller Archangel, where she starred opposite Daniel Craig in the show about a mystery concerning dictator Josef Stalin.
Throwback: The role of Princess Anne was previously played by Erin Doherty in The Crown’s third and fouth series
She is a farmer’s wife and a mother-of-three and is said to have been ‘shocked and delighted’ when she was chosen to play Anne when the Royal was aged in her 40s.
As well as Imelda, Claudia was also shooting alongside Theo Fraser Steele, who is thought to be playing Anne’s second husband Timothy Laurence.
After she was seen on set of Tuesday, tongues began wagging over the identity of who was playing the royal and also over her remarkable likeness to Princess Anne.
One Twitter account entitled Royal Watcher, shared a message reading: ‘Ok I think the actress playing Princess Anne is called Claudia Harrison? #TheCrown’, alongside a trio of images of Claudia in different roles as well as an image from on-set.
The role of Princess Anne was previously played by Erin Doherty in 2019’s third and last year’s fourth series of The Crown.
TIMOTHY LAURENCE – PLAYED BY THEO FRASER STEELE
Royal role: The Crown’s fifth season will feature The Thick Of It star and London deli owner Theo Fraser Steele playing Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence (pictured on-set on Tuesday)
Busy: Theo’s acting career spans back to 1996, when he starred in Casualty while he also played Christian Holhurst in political satire The Thick Of It in 2005. As well as acting, he is a successful deli owner and runs a shop with his wife in Hackney
The Thick Of It star and London deli owner Theo Fraser Steele plays Princess Anne’s husband Timothy Laurence.
He cut a dapper figure during filming to play the role of Anne’s spouse, who she married in 1992 after splitting from Mark Phillips.
Theo’s acting career spans back to 1996, when he starred in Casualty while he also played Christian Holhurst in political satire The Thick Of It in 2005. As well as acting, he is a successful deli owner and runs a shop with his wife in Hackney.
Theo comes from Essex and trained to be an actor in London before working with Bill Nighy and Stella Gonet in Richard Eyre’s production of David Hare’s Skylight at the National Theatre aged just 23.
He went on to have many stage roles both in the capital and across the country. In The Thick Of It he played an MP’s son who was shoved up against a wall and subjected to a torrent of abuse by the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker.
Speaking in 2018 about moving from acting to food, when he told The West Morland Gazette: ‘We didn’t choose to do it – we sort of fell into it. It started with just me. We now own the business and have a staff of 12’.
PRINCE ANDREW – PLAYED BY JAMES MURRAY (REPLACING TOM BYRNE)
The Crown series 5: James Murray is set to take on the role of Prince Andrew following his TV appearances in Cutting It and Primeval (James pictured in 2018)
Working hard: The Mancunian actor (pictured with his wife Sarah Parish and their daughter Nell in 2019) is also currently filming Masters of Air – the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks-produced Apple TV series
New guard: Tom Byrne played the Queen’s second son in series four
James Murray, 46, will take on the role of Prince Andrew, replacing Tom Byrne, who played the Queen’s second son in series four.
James’ previous endeavours include his portrayal of Stephen Hart in ITV’s Primeval and playing Liam Carney in BBC One’s season four of Cutting It.
He acted as the lead DCI in completely improvised show Suspects.
The Mancunian actor, who is married to actress Sarah Parish, is also currently filming Masters of Air – the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks-produced Apple TV series.
PRINCE CHARLES – PLAYED BY DOMINIC WEST (REPLACING JOSH O’CONNOR)
New role: Dominic West is set to play Prince Charles in the final two series of The Crown
New role: A TV insider said: ‘Show bosses looked at several stars for the sought-after role, but he was by far their preferred actor. Now both parties are hammering out a deal’ (Dominic is pictured in July 2021)
Dominic West is set to play Prince Charles in the final two series of The Crown.
Critically acclaimed: Dominic will replace Josh O’Connor who has played the role for two series
The actor, 51, is understood to be taking on the role of Prince Charles at the time of his affair from Diana, Princess of Wales, with his second wife Camilla Parker Bowles.
A TV insider told The Sun: ‘Show bosses looked at several stars for the sought-after role, but he was by far their preferred actor. Now both parties are hammering out a deal.’
They revealed how the ‘irony’ of the casting will ‘not be lost on anyone’ following his recent scandal where he was pictured embracing actress co-star Lily James last year.
Dominic will replace Josh O’Connor who has played the role for two series.
PRINCE PHILIP – PLAYED BY JONATHAN PRYCE (REPLACING TOBIAS MENZIES)
New role: The Two Popes actor Jonathan Pryce, 73, has said he is ‘confident’ to take on the ‘daunting’ role of Prince Philip in The Crown’s final two seasons
Out and about: The actor’s role in The Crown comes after he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Netflix’s The Two Popes. However he lost out on the gong to Joaquin Phoenix (Jonathan is pictured with his wife Kate in 2011)
Jonathan Pryce has said he is ‘confident’ about ‘tackling the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip’ in seasons five and six of The Crown.
It was revealed in August that the actor, 74, will join the star-studded cast of the hit Netflix show and portray the royal through the 1990s and 2000s.
Past: Tobias Menzies played the late Royal in series three and four
Speaking after the announcement, Jonathan added that it will be ‘a joy’ to act alongside Imelda Staunton as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.
In a statement shared on social media by Netflix, Jonathan said: ‘I am delighted to be working with Netflix again.
‘The positive experience I had making The Two Popes has given me the confidence to tackle the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip.
‘To be doing so with Peter Morgan in the company of Imelda [Staunton] and Lesley [Manville] will be a joy.’
As well as praising the other on-screen talent lined up for the show, Jonathan added that he was excited to be working with screenwriter Peter Morgan.
The actor’s role in The Crown comes after he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Netflix’s The Two Popes. However he lost out on the gong to Joaquin Phoenix.
In previous instalments of The Crown Prince Philip has been played by actors Matt Smith, in the first two seasons, and Tobias Menzies, in series three and four.
PRINCESS MARGARET – PLAYED BY LESLEY MANVILLE (REPLACING HELENA BONHAM CARTER)
Congrats! Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown
Exciting: Lesley is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen’s younger sister during one of the ‘darkest periods of her life’ (pictured in February 2020)
Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret.
The actress, 64, will be taking the reins from current star Helena Bonham Carter for the fifth and final series of the Netflix hit.
Goodbye: The actress, 64, will be taking the reins from current star Helena Bonham Carter for the fifth and final series of the Netflix hit
Lesley is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen’s younger sister during one of the ‘darkest periods of her life’.
Confirming the news in a statement, she said: ‘I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret. The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down.
‘Furthermore, to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.’
The role has been played by Helena for season three and upcoming season four, and was taken on by Vanessa Kirby in season one and two.
A source told The Sun: ‘Lesley is hugely respected by the creators of The Crown and was their first choice to play Princess Margaret this time.
‘They wanted a star who could tackle the difficult role of a royal entering one of the darkest periods of her life, when the Windsors faced endless scandals and she was dogged by ill health.
‘That’s why Lesley was one of the first actors they approached to join the new cast, and remains one of the few who has fully committed to The Crown.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II – PLAYED BY IMELDA STAUNTON (REPLACING OLIVIA COLMAN)
Her Royal Highness: The very first image of Imelda Staunton in character as Queen Elizabeth II was revealed last week
Casual: Speaking about joining the hit show, Imelda, 65, admitted she is ‘frightened’ to take on the Queen Elizabeth role in The Crown
Speaking about joining the hit show, Imelda, 65, admitted she is ‘frightened’ to take on the Queen Elizabeth role in The Crown.
The actress is following on from Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, but says she has an ‘extra challenge’ playing a recent version as it will be fresh in the audiences mind.
Before: Oscar-winner Olivia Colman has played the monarch for two series
Speaking to The Sun, Imelda said: ‘When Claire was in the first series, to all of us that felt like history. Then following on from that with Olivia, again it seems like history.
‘Now we start in 1991 playing someone much more recent. That’s the extra challenge I have, people saying, “Oh, I don’t think she’s like that at all”‘.
Many members of the series four cast have also joked that they won’t be giving any advice to their successors. Oscar-winning actress Olivia said recently: ‘I haven’t spoken to Imelda and I wouldn’t dare offer any advice about playing the Queen.
‘Imelda is extraordinary and she’s going to do it all much better than me. I can’t wait to watch what she does.’
The Crown lovers took to Twitter to react to the news.
One wrote: ‘Gonna miss this Queen [Olivia Colman] but I’m sure Imelda will do a brilliant job. My time with the crown is done, some of last seasons cast and this seasons were just not it for me. Good luck to everyone involved tho.’
One fan simply penned: ‘perfection’ with another calling the new line-up ‘very strong’.
Worried about how they themselves are likely to be portrayed in the upcoming fifth series, close friends of the Royal Family reportedly approached law firms Farrer & Co and Harbottle & Lewis.
The response they received was that they may have legal grounds to sue The Crown’s creators, paving the way for the Royal Family to make a similar claim.
In an attempt to combat this confusion, the Government previously requested showrunners to include a disclaimer, but such a message has not been included by the show yet.
Controversial: The high-profile fifth series of The Crown is set to feature controversial issues such as the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana (Pictured: Elizabeth Debicki as Diana in series five)
Earlier this year, in August, the Queen was reportedly ‘ordering’ officials to plan a legal fightback against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Sources say the ‘exasperated’ Queen told palace officials to ‘lawyer up’ with libel experts after ‘repeated attacks’ on the Royal Family from the US-based Sussexes.
It followed claims made in the interview that an unnamed royal had raised concerns over their son Archie’s skin colour before his birth.
Days later Buckingham Palace released a statement saying ‘recollections may vary’ in response to allegations.
But the row was reignited after it was revealed in a chapter of Finding Freedom that a source had accused the royals of ‘failing to own’ their part in the fallout.
Sources close to the Queen previously told the Sun that the feeling ‘coming right from the top’ was that ‘enough is enough’.
Key historical moments involving the Royal Family between 1999 and 2003
1999: The marriage of the Queen’s son Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex: The wedding took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
2000: The Queen celebrates the Millennium: Millennium celebrations take place throughout the UK. The Millennium Dome in London is officially opened by HM The Queen on January 1.
2001: Queen Elizabeth reacts to 9/11 terrorist attacks: A week after the tragedy she sent a message to the British ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer to offer her condolences.
She wrote: ‘Each and every one of us has been shocked and numbed by what we have witnessed in these recent days.
‘At your service today, we think especially of the British victims. These are dark and harrowing times for families and friends of those who are missing or who suffered in the attack – many of you here today.
‘My thoughts and my prayers are with you all now and in the difficult days ahead’.
On September 13 The Queen ordered the Changing of the Guard ceremony to be paused for a two minute silence, followed by the playing of the American national anthem.
2002: The Queen’s Golden Jubilee: The Queen celebrated the milestone on February 6 and it was an international event to mark the 50th anniversary of her ascension to the throne.
On June 4, an estimated one million people headed to central London to line The Mall on the last day of the official celebrations.
Queen guitarist Brian May played ‘God Save The Queen’ from the roof of Buckingham Palace in her honour.
2002: The Queen dines at 10 Downing Street with the five living former Prime Ministers who served under her. She met with Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan and Edward Heath.
2002: The death of Princess Margaret: The Queen’s younger sister dies after suffering a stroke aged 71. The pair had had a troubled relationship after The Queen said she couldn’t marry her love Peter Townsend.
2002: The Queen Mother dies: She passed away aged 101 at Royal Lodge Windsor.
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