The Crown Confirms Helena Bonham Carter to Play Princess Margaret

The Crown has been making headlines this week. First it was reported that Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II, was to back paid €200k after it was revealed that The Crown actress, Claire Foy, who played Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than her co-star, Matt Smith, who starred as her husband Prince Phillip, for her role in the hit show.

The second headline hitter is the news of who will be playing (everybody’s favourite) Princess Margaret in the upcoming series three of the show.

We already knew that the third series will see the show entirely recast, with Olivia Colman taking over as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip.

But there had been no official announcement about Vanessa Kirby’s replacement, until now…

The Evening Standard reported earlier in January that Helena Bonham Carter and Netflix were in talks and rumours have been swirling ever since.

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Finally, we have had confirmation from Helena who said in a statement that she is “terrified” to be following in the footsteps of Vanessa Kirby, whose performance as the princess has earned her universal acclaim.

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“I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about – doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret. The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter (than Vanessa),” the statement read.

Bonham Carter, 51, is known for her many film roles, including her Bafta-winning peformance in The King’s Speech, as well as The Wings of the Dove, Hamlet and the Harry Potter films.

Jason Watkins has also been announced to play former Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

The first series covered the period 1947 to 1955; the second 1956 to 1963 and The Crown series three will land in 2019.