Matt Smith has cordially invited you to attend a royal coronation ceremony this fall as Netflix announces the launch date for historical drama, The Crown.
The series, which was shot entirely in the UK and is the most expensive series commissioned by the streaming service, will follow the young Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) as she begins her reign and her husband Prince Philip (Matt Smith) as he struggles to serve her.
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) 11 April 2016
The series is based on writer Peter Morgan’s play The Audience and features John Lithgow as Winston Churchill and Vanessa Kirby as Elizabeth’s sister Princess Margaret.
The series marks the first TV role for Smith since he departed the TARDIS and at a recent Netflix showcase in Paris, he spoke to the Radio Times about how in the eight months he spent playing Prince Philip made him ‘love’ the Royal Family.
“We grew to love them quite a lot, in a much greater way than we ever did,” he said. “I sort of learned a lot about the history of my own country that I was completely unaware of.”
Those of you worried that the production reeks of sycophancy, Smith has praised the dramas emotional honesty when it comes to portraying the human beings behind the headlines.
“I think the writing firstly is respectful but it’s not overly reverential. It’s honest about the human traits of these people. We as actors interpret that as honestly and as bravely as we can,” he said. “We had a wonderful time together, and at the heart of this is this really rich love story about two soul mates [the Queen and Prince Philip] who are put under great press about her responsibility to become Queen so early and so unexpectedly.”
The Crown will premiere on November 4th.