The Crown Casts New Queen Elizabeth for Seasons 3 and 4

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The Crown Casts New Queen Elizabeth for Seasons 3 and 4

Claire Foy is handing over the reins.

We've known for some time now that Claire Foy would be leaving the role of Queen Elizabeth on Netflix's hit series The Crown after Season, but now we have the long-awaited announcement of exactly who is going to replace her: Olivia Colman! Based on the award-winning play, "The Audience", the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). As such, a replacement has already been found: Actress Olivia Colman will take over the role, according to EW.

Foy's final season will premiere December 8, and is expected to cover the Queen's life from the late '50s to the mid-'60s.

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She and co-star Matt Smith only signed on to play the royal couple for the first two seasons and were both well prepared to abdicate the throne. Her performance has earned her an Emmy as well as a Golden Globe award and SGA award as best actress in a drama.

The Crown season two will see many new faces coming to Buckingham Palace, including Dexter's Michael C Hall as President John F Kennedy and Jodi Balfour as his wife Jackie Kennedy. She portrayed the present Queen of England Queen Elizabeth's mother, in the film Hyde Park on Hudson.

Colman, 43, has starred in Broadchurch and AMC's The Night Manager, for which she won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress and was nominated for an Emmy award as well.

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