The sixth and final season premieres on Netflix on November 16.
Here's how the actors look in real life compared to their regal on-screen personas.
Caroline Praderio contributed to an earlier version of this post.
Claire Foy played Queen Elizabeth II in the early days of her reign.
Foy is equally regal in real life.
Foy won a Golden Globe for her work in "The Crown," and actually thanked the real Queen Elizabeth in her acceptance speech, according to The Telegraph.
"I really, really, really wouldn't be here if it wasn't for some extraordinary women, and I'm going to thank them. One of them is Queen Elizabeth II," he said. "She has been at the center of the world for the past 63 years, and I think the world could do with a few more women at the center of it, if you ask me."
Olivia Colman took over the lead role for seasons three and four.
Queen Elizabeth II is a mother of four children on season three.
Colman won an Oscar in 2019 for her role as Queen Anne in "The Favourite." She's been nominated for two more since.
"I'm so thrilled to be part of 'The Crown,'" Colman said in a statement shared by Netflix. "I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius. She's an incredibly hard act to follow."
For seasons five and six, the Queen is played by Imelda Staunton.
Staunton was announced as the lead in 2020, when it was still thought that the show would only be five seasons, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
"As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan's scripts. I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking 'The Crown' to its conclusion," said Staunton.
The real Queen Elizabeth died in September 2022.
Staunton is probably best known for her role as Dolores Umbridge in the "Harry Potter" franchise.
Besides that, though, Staunton has had a decades-long acting career. She also has acted with her husband, Jim Carter, in both "Downton Abbey" films.
Matt Smith played Prince Philip, who married Elizabeth when she was still a princess.
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met in 1934 at the wedding of Princess Marina and Prince George, according to the Royal Family's official website. They got married on November 20, 1947.
Smith is currently starring on HBO's latest smash hit "House of the Dragon."
He responded by speaking out in support of equal pay.
Tobias Menzies played a middle-aged Prince Philip.
The real Elizabeth and Philip were married for an incredible 73 years until Philip's death in 2021.
You might recognize Menzies from "Game of Thrones" or "Outlander."
He played Edmure Tully, the brother of Catelyn Stark and uncle of Sansa, Arya, and Bran — and the aspiring king who was roundly mocked on the series finale.
On the flip side, he played the absolutely terrifying Black Jack Randall in "Outlander," as well as his sweeter descendant Frank Randall.
Most recently, he starred opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "You Hurt My Feelings."
Prince Philip is now played by Jonathan Pryce.
At the time of Philip's death in 2021, he was the longest-serving British royal consort.
Pryce was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2021.
Pryce was cast in August 2020, just a few months after he was nominated for an Oscar his performance in "The Two Popes," according to Deadline.
Pryce is also known for his roles in "Game of Thrones," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, and "Tomorrow Never Dies."
Erin Doherty began playing Princess Anne in season three.
Doherty plays an older Princess Anne, the only daughter and second child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
Doherty recently starred in the film "Firebrand" as British poet Anne Askew.
"To be a part of 'The Crown' feels both special and surreal," Doherty wrote of her new role in a statement. "There is such a special dynamic within Princess Anne that I am incredibly grateful to be able to explore. She is a woman of great strength and heart — I feel privileged to fight her corner."
Claudia Harrison took over as Princess Anne in season five.
Season five covered the demise of Princess Anne's first marriage and her courtship with now-husband Timothy Laurence.
Harrison is a little less buttoned-up in real life.
"Anne's an extraordinary character. She's not there to make people feel better about themselves, but she is superb at her job and is a proper feminist," Harrison told Town and Country. "She's someone we can really look up to and I think she has no sense of entitlement."
Josh O'Connor portrayed an all-grown-up then-Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.
King Charles is the eldest child of the royal couple. He was invested as Prince of Wales by the Queen on July 1, 1969.
After his mother Queen Elizabeth's death in 2022, he was officially crowned as King Charles III in May 2023.
O'Connor won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in "The Crown."
"Seasons three and four will follow some of the most turbulent events in the Prince of Wales's life and our national story and I'm excited to be bringing to life the man in the midst of it all," he said of his role in a statement.
Dominic West will play Prince Charles through the end of the show.
"He's a fascinating man, Charles, and it's a fascinating life, and a fascinating role. I mean, apart from anything else, it's a huge show, and I loved the first four seasons. I realized that I could very happily live with this character for two years," West told Entertainment Weekly.
Season six will cover the death of his ex-wife, Diana, and his 2005 wedding to Camilla, the now-Queen Consort.
You might recognize West from "The Affair."
West's hair is a little shaggier in real life.
Emma Corrin played the people's princess, Princess Diana, in season four.
Lady Diana Spencer — who became Princess Diana following her marriage to Prince Charles — was a huge presence in season four of "The Crown."
"I have been glued to the show and to think I'm now joining this incredible talented acting family is surreal," Corrin wrote in a statement. "Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring."
The real Diana met Prince Charles in 1977, when he was dating her older sister, and they got married after a brief courtship in 1981.
Corrin recently co-starred with Harry Styles in "My Policeman."
Corrin has appeared in British series such as "Grantchester" and "Pennyworth," as well as films like "My Policeman" and the recent Netflix adaptation of "Lady Chatterley's Lover."
Like their co-star Josh O'Connor, Corrin won a Golden Globe for their performance on "The Crown." Corrin was also nominated for an Emmy.
Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana through the end of her life.
Princess Diana's death in 1997 is in season six of "The Crown."
"It's my hope that people feel that there's an enormous evolution in her as the season progresses. For me, it's a journey into a human finding a part of themselves that is profoundly strong — there's a piece that has survived so much and can flourish," Debicki told Entertainment Weekly.
In real life, Debicki has longer hair.
Debicki is known her roles in "Widows," "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "Vol. 3," "Tenet," and "The Great Gatsby."
In real life, she also sports an Australian accent, as she hails from Melbourne.
Camilla Parker Bowles, as she was known then, was introduced in season three played by Emerald Fennell.
One of the most iconic — and uncomfortable — scenes in "The Crown" is between Fennell's Camilla and Corrin's Princess Diana, when they passive-aggressively compete over Charles.
Fennell has had a busy few years between appearing in "Barbie," winning an Oscar for "Promising Young Woman," and writing and directing "Saltburn."
Fennell's role as Midge was one of the silliest parts of "Barbie," but nevertheless iconic.
Olivia Williams plays Camilla in the final two seasons.
Season five addressed one of the most infamous moments in recent royal history: "Tampongate."
According to Radio Times, the final conversation in all of "The Crown" will be one between Queen Elizabeth and Camila, Williams said.
Williams said that "in the very last moments of the last episode," the Queen "finally accepts Camilla and is warm and complimentary to her."
Williams is almost unrecognizable as the Queen Consort.
Williams is set to star in the upcoming "Dune" spin-off, "Dune: Prophecy."
Dodi Fayed, Diana's partner at the time of her death, was introduced in season five played by Khalid Abdalla.
Fayed died in the 1997 car crash that also took Diana's life.
Diana and Dodi began their relationship earlier that year, and the two were soon discussing engagement, the Washington Post reported.
Abdalla was first introduced to mainstream audiences in 2006's "United 93."
Abdalla felt pressure to get his performance of Fayed just right. He called it "one of the great honors of my life" to play him, according to Deadline.
"People know his name and they know virtually nothing else about him. What did he sound like? What was his story?" he said. "There are people who still ask me if he's alive, and that tells you a lot about the world we live in."
Vanessa Kirby portrayed Elizabeth's younger sister, Margaret, during seasons one and two.
Princess Margaret was entangled in a forbidden romance throughout season one. The relationship was one of the biggest scandals in royal family history.
Kirby opts for blonde hair in real life.
Kirby has also appeared in "Jupiter Ascending," "Mission: Impossible — Fallout," "Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning," and the upcoming "Napoleon" opposite Joaquin Phoenix.
In 2021, Kirby was nominated for her first Academy Award for her performance in "Pieces of a Woman."
Helena Bonham Carter took over the role as Princess Margaret for season three.
"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," she said in a statement. "The only thing I can guarantee is that I'll be shorter than Vanessa."
Carter is well-known for iconic roles in movies like "Fight Club" and the "Harry Potter" series.
"The Crown" wasn't Carter's first foray into the royal family; she won an Oscar for "The King's Speech," in which she played Queen Elizabeth II's mother.
She was also nominated for back-to-back Emmys for "The Crown."
Lesley Manville was cast as Princess Margaret for seasons five and six.
Manville called Princess Margaret "so avant-garde. So naughty, delightful and funny. What a wonderful woman to play" during an interview with Deadline.
Manville starred in "Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris" in 2022.
"The Crown" isn't Manville's only period TV show — she also starred in the Starz adaptation of "Dangerous Liaisons" in 2022.
Ben Miles played Peter Townsend, Margaret's controversial lover, in the first two seasons.
When Margaret asked for her sister's permission to marry Townsend, Queen Elizabeth II refused, according to Town and Country.
Because he was previously divorced, the Church of England and Parliament were reportedly against the match, despite the public's support.
Miles is perhaps best known for his starring role on the British TV comedy "Coupling."
He is also known for his roles in "V for Vendetta" and "Speed Racer." Miles has recently appeared in "Andor," and had a role in the "Tetris" movie.
Miles will reunite with Kirby in on screen in "Napoleon," as well.
Townsend returned in season five to catch up with Princess Margaret. He was played by former James Bond actor Timothy Dalton.
Dalton appeared in just one episode of season five, but it was an impactful appearance as Princess Margaret took stock of her life and her many relationships over the years.
Dalton is a little more salt and peppery in real life.
Dalton will be best known for his two films as 007 in the '80s: "The Living Daylights" and "Licence to Kill."
Matthew Goode joined the cast as Margaret's future husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, in season two.
Three years after announcing that she wouldn't marry Townsend, Margaret married Armstrong-Jones, who later became known as Lord Snowden.
The couple's love story had some scandalous twists and turns.
Goode, who's appeared on "The Offer" and "A Discovery of Witches," is actually a brunette.
He has also appeared in films like "Leap Year," "The King's Man," and "Downton Abbey," as well as the miniseries about "The Godfather," "The Offer."
Ben Daniels portrayed an older Armstrong-Jones in season three.
After the birth of their second child in 1964, Armstrong-Jones began sleeping with other women while away on photographic assignments, The Evening Standard reported.
Daniels is a celebrated stage actor.
Daniels recently starred on season two of the Apple TV+ series "Foundation" and will appear in the upcoming spy film "Argylle."
Eileen Atkins played Queen Mary, Elizabeth and Margaret's grandmother.
The real-life Queen Mary died in 1953.
In real life, she's an accomplished stage actress who was named a dame by the real Queen in 2001.
Atkins has recently starred in "Magic in the Moonlight" and "Paddington 2."
Victoria Hamilton played the Queen Mother in the first two seasons.
The Queen Mother is the affectionate name given to Elizabeth and Margaret's mother, who was was the wife of King George VI.
Hamilton traded old-fashioned finger waves for a blonde pixie cut.
Hamilton, an accomplished stage actress, starred in the 1995 film "Pride and Prejudice" and the 1999 film "Mansfield Park."
Marion Bailey played the Queen Mother in seasons three and four.
"Wonderful to be joining 'The Crown,'" she said in a statement. "It's a brilliant show and we have a tough act to follow but what a gift to be playing the fascinating and greatly loved Queen Mother."
Bailey is equally graceful but more brunette in real life.
Marion Bailey is known for films like "Allied," "Mr. Turner," "Vera Drake," and the Netflix miniseries "All the Light We Cannot See."
Marcia Warren took over as the Queen Mother in season five.
The Queen Mother lived to be an impressive 101 years old, dying in 2002.
Her death will be covered in season six.
Warren has a more chic bob in real life.
Warren is a two-time Olivier Award winner.
Jared Harris played King George VI, Elizabeth and Margaret's father, during season one.
King George VI reluctantly claimed the throne in 1937, after his older brother gave it up in order to marry an American socialite.
His daughter Elizabeth became queen directly following his death in 1952.
Offscreen, Harris usually grows out his beard.
Harris played another king, the infamous Henry VIII, in "The Other Boleyn Girl."
His father was the late Richard Harris, who is best-known now as the original Dumbledore.
Alex Jennings played King Edward VIII, the older brother of King George VI who abdicated the throne in 1936.
Directly after his father died in 1936, Edward VIII took the throne. Less than a year later, in a scandalous, unprecedented move, he renounced the throne in order to marry an American divorcee.
Jennings wears glasses in real life. He returned briefly for a series of flashbacks in season five.
Jennings has also starred on recent TV series like "This Is Going to Hurt," "Small Axe," and "Four Weddings and a Funeral."
Derek Jacobi played King Edward for one episode in season three.
The episode, "Dangling Man," focused on the former king's attempts to reconcile with his family, and his last meeting with his niece, the Queen, before his death in 1972.
Jacobi is a legendary British actor.
Like many other "Crown" actors, this wasn't the first time he appeared in a project about the royal family. He had a role in "The King's Speech" as Cosmo Gordon Lang, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Wallis Simpson, Edward's wife, was first portrayed by Lia Williams.
Simpson, an American socialite, was divorced twice before she fell in love with the royal. After Edward abdicated the throne for her, they married in 1937 and stayed together until Edward's death in 1972.
Williams looks sophisticated in real life with a blonde pixie cut. She also returned for flashbacks in season five.
Williams is known for films like "The Foreigner" and "The Missing," and the HBO series "His Dark Materials."
Geraldine Chaplin played Simpson in season three.
The real Simpson lived to be 89, dying in 1986.
Many members of the royal family attended her funeral, even though it was her relationship with the Duke of Windsor that led to his abdication.
She's the daughter of screen legend Charlie Chaplin.
You might know her daughter, Oona, from her role as Talisa in "Game of Thrones."
Greg Wise played Lord Louis Mountbatten, who served in the Royal Navy.
Mountbatten was a great-grandson of Queen Victoria.
You may recognize Wise from "Sense and Sensibility" or "Johnny English." He's also married to Emma Thompson.
He also co-wrote the Emilia Clarke rom-com "Last Christmas" with his wife.
John Lithgow — season one's only American actor — played Prime Minster Winston Churchill.
Churchill was prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955.
Lithgow wore a fat suit to portray the storied politician.
He had to don the fat suit again to play Fox magnate Roger Ailes in "Bombshell," reported Indiewire.
Churchill's wife, Clementine, was portrayed by Harriet Walter.
According to the History Channel, Churchill credited his wife as "the primary driver behind his astonishingly successful life."
Walter, who looks much younger in real life, was also named a dame by the actual Queen.
Walter portrayed Rebecca's mom Deborah in "Ted Lasso," and Caroline, the mother of Kendall, Siobhan, and Roman Roy, in "Succession."
She reunited with her "Crown" co-star Alex Jennings in the 2022 holiday film "Your Christmas or Mine?"
Jeremy Northam played Anthony Eden, the British politician who succeeded Churchill as prime minister.
Eden succeeded Churchill in 1955.
The real Northam usually opts for a clean-shaven face and glasses.
During season two, Anton Lesser portrayed Harold Macmillan, the prime minister who succeeded Eden.
Harold Macmillan took over as prime minister when Sir Anthony Eden resigned in 1957.
Lesser is fairly camera-shy in real life — here's how he looked a few years ago, in 2008.
You may also recognize Lesser for his role as Qyburn in "Game of Thrones" or Major Partagaz in "Andor."
Jason Watkins played Prime Minister Harold Wilson in season three.
According to CNN, Wilson was the first prime minister from a lower-middle-class background during Queen Elizabeth II's reign and they got along well.
Watkins stars on the ITV series "McDonald & Dodds."
He also starred on the British comedy-drama series "Being Human."
Gillian Anderson took on the role of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in season four.
Anderson, best known for her long-time role as Scully in "The X-Files," took on the Iron Lady during season four.
Thatcher became the first female prime minister when she was elected in 1979. She held the position until 1990.
Anderson doesn't actually rock Thatcher's signature bouffant in real life.
Anderson, who can most recently be seen in Netflix's "Sex Education," released a statement on joining the show, Variety reported.
"I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of 'The Crown' and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman. Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era," she said.
Anderson won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a SAG Award, and a Critics' Choice Award for her performance as Thatcher.
Jonny Lee Miller played season five's prime minister, John Major.
Major was the political leader of the UK from 1990 to 1997.
Miller is almost unrecognizable in the role.
Miller might best be known to audiences for playing Sherlock Holmes in the show "Elementary," or as Angelina Jolie's first husband.
He also starred in "Trainspotting" and its sequel.
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