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The Crown
File:The Crown Title Card.jpg
Created byPeter Morgan
Written byPeter Morgan
Country of origin
  • United States[1]
  • United Kingdom[2]
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producersStephen Daldry
Peter Morgan
Production locationUnited Kingdom
Running time54–61 minutes
Production companyLeft Bank Pictures
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)

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The Crown is an American-British television drama series, created and written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures for Netflix. The show is a biographical story about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The first season consists of ten one-hour episodes, and was released in its entirety on November 4, 2016. A second season has already been commissioned.


The Crown will trace the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. It is expected to span 60 episodes over six seasons, with Claire Foy playing the Queen in the early part of her reign.[3][4]




  • Stephen Dillane as Graham Sutherland[9]
  • Andy Sanderson as Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester[5]
  • Michael Culkin as Rab Butler[5]
  • Nicholas Rowe as Jock Colville[5]
  • Rita McDonald Damper as Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark[5]
  • Amir Boutrous as Gamal Abdel Nasser[5]
  • Harriet Walter as Clementine Churchill[6]
  • Alex Jennings as Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor[6]
  • Rosalind Knight as Princess Alice of Battenberg[6]
  • Paul Sheridan as Eden's Aide[10]
  • David Shields as Colin Tennant[11]


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Peter Morgan, who wrote the 2006 film The Queen and the 2013 stage play The Audience, is the main scriptwriter, and director Stephen Daldry was also involved in the production.[12] The first 10-part season was the most expensive drama produced by Netflix and Left Bank Pictures to date.[13][14]


The series' first two episodes were released theatrically in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2016.[15] The first season was released in its entirety on November 4, 2016.[16][17] A second season has already been commissioned, which had already begun production before the first season was released.[18][19]

See also[]

  • The Crown
  • British Royal Family


  1. "The Crown: Claire Foy and Matt Smith on the making of the £100m Netflix series". Telegraph. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  2. "Netflix plans original UK drama about the Queen - BBC News". BBC.
  3. Rob Leane (June 19, 2015). "The Crown: Matt Smith nabs role in Netflix drama". Den of Geek. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Anita Singh (August 19, 2015). "£100m Netflix series recreates royal wedding". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "Trailers for Netflix series 'The Crown,' and 'The Get Down'". Geeks of Doom. January 6, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016.[better source needed]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Kenji Lloyd (January 7, 2016). "The Crown trailer: First look at Peter Morgan's Netflix drama". Final Reel. Retrieved January 7, 2016.[better source needed]
  7. Thorpe, Vanessa (August 21, 2015). "Why Britain's psyche is gripped by a different kind of royal fever". The Guardian. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  8. Patrick Munn (October 5, 2015). "Netflix's 'The Crown' adds Greg Wise as series regular". TV Wise. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  9. "Stephen Dillane". Spotlight. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  10. "Paul Sheridan filming Netflix's The Crown". International Artists Management. February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  11. John Gruccio (January 6, 2016). "The trailer for Netflix's royal drama series, "The Crown"". TMStash. Retrieved January 6, 2016.[better source needed]
  12. "Netflix plans original UK drama about the Queen". BBC News. May 23, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  13. "The Crown: the Royal family are 'nervous' about Netflix's new £100 million series". The Telegraph. July 29, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  14. Anthony Couto (June 19, 2015). "Matt Smith starring in Netflix series, The Crown". IGN. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  15. "The Crown [Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2] (15)". British Board of Film Classification. October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  16. Dylan Kickham (April 11, 2016). "Matt Smith's Netflix drama The Crown gets premiere date". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  17. "Claire Foy and Matt Smith face the challenges of royal life in new extended trailer for Netflix drama The Crown". RadioTimes. September 27, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  18. "Netflix's glittering Crown could leave BBC looking a little dull". TheGuardian. November 4, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  19. "The Crown is a 'game changer for British drama'". Telegraph. November 4, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016.

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