Who plays Princess Diana in The Crown season 6?

Elizabeth Debicki inherited the role from Emma Corrin in season 5

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in The Crown season 6
Elizabeth Debicki reprises her role as Princess Diana in The Crown season 6. (Netflix)

Princess Diana and the tragic final years of her life are set to take centre stage in The Crown season six.

Australian actor Elizabeth Debicki will reprise her role as the real-life icon, having inherited the role from British star Emma Corrin, who swept awards season in 2020 for their portrayal of the young Diana.

But while Debicki is a striking lookalike to the People's Princess, where else would we know her from? And what does the actress even think of the weight of taking on such a beloved real-life person?

Here's everything you need to know.

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in The Crown season 6
Debicki is one of Hollywood's brightest rising stars. (Netflix)

Elizabeth Debicki, born 24 August 1990, was the eldest of three children to ballet dancer parents. Born in Paris, France, she was raised in Melbourne, Australia from the age of five.

Initially following in her parents' footsteps, Debicki pursued a career in dancing as a child, before switching arts and focusing on acting.

By the time she graduated high school, Debicki had earned two perfect scores in Drama and English. She then pursued a drama degree at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 2010.

Making her film debut in 2011's A Few Best Men, she was spotted by acclaimed film director Baz Lurhmann, who flew her out to audition for his 2013 movie, The Great Gatsby.

She got the part and the rest, as they say, is history, with a collection of well-timed career moves setting her as one of Hollywood's brightest rising stars.

Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Debicki and Joel Edgerton in The Great Gatsby
The Australian star played Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby. (Warner Bros.)

The Great Gatsby role of Jordan Baker gave Debicki her first major foothold in Hollywood. She starred alongside Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

In 2015, she starred in Guy Ritchie's reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E opposite Henry Cavill.

But for most, her name really exploded in 2016 when she starred opposite Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie in The Night Manager, based on the John Le Carré book of the same name.

The Night Manager proved to be an international success, and shortly after that she was cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing golden Sovereign leader Ayesha in Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2.

Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
She made her MCU debut in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios)

Debicki reprised the role in the third instalment of the franchise, released in 2023, after her character created a new being known only as Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter.

By 2020, she was part of the all-star cast of Christopher Nolan's Tenet.

Other major roles include The Cloverfield Paradox, The Kettering Incident and Widows, the last of which earned her no less than 13 best supporting actress nominations for her role opposite Viola Davis.

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in The Crown season 6
She previously auditioned for a cameo in The Crown season 2. (Netflix)

Before landing the role of Diana, Debicki had actually previously auditioned for a "small cameo role" in season two of The Crown. While she didn't get that part, she was remembered when the time came for casting the ill-fated princess.

"This was so many years ago that I sort of put it on the shelf," she told Entertainment Weekly. "I didn't put any eggs in the basket — well, maybe there was one egg in the basket. "Then, years later, it came back around. When Peter [Morgan, showrunner] actually asked me, I didn't have to give it much thought."

She has also tried to placate worries that The Crown will handle the Princess's death in an insensitive way for the sake of dramatisation.

In October 2022, Debicki was pictured in Paris in outfits similar to what Diana wore in her final days. As such, it's expected Diana's death will air as part of the final season six.

"Peter and the entire crew of this job do their utmost to really handle everything with such sensitivity and truth and complexity, as do actors," she said. "From that very first meeting [with] Peter, I knew that I'd entered into this space where this was taken seriously [in] a deeply caring way. So that's my experience of the show."

Peter Morgan and Elizabeth Debicki at Westwood Regency Village Theatre
Debicki with The Crown creator Peter Morgan. (Variety via Getty)

Princess Diana was 5'10" in real life, taller than the average woman, and roughly the same height as King Charles III, but Elizabeth Debicki is an even more statuesque 6'3" in real life.

"I think my height is something … I mean, you're probably the first journalist who's not asked me directly about it in question three: How do you feel about being tall? How has it affected your work? And I always find it an odd question," Debicki said in an interview Vulture in 2018 while discussing her role in Steve McQueen's Widows.

"[McQueen's] got this incredible radar for what's actually going on, and you can tell him one thing but he knows it's the other. But I remember one day he pulled me up [when I was] slouching on set, compensating for somebody else's height, which was a really seminal moment actually. I remember being really struck by it, because I hadn't realised I was doing it."

Part one of The Crown season 6 launches on Netflix on Thursday, 16 November with part two arriving on Thursday 14 December.