Imelda Staunton to Star as the Queen on “The Crown” Final Season

Imelda Staunton. Photo by Massimo Insabato/Shutterstock (10450885y)

Season five will be The Crown’s last. 

A statement from the creator and writer of Netflix’s acclaimed drama Peter Morgan confirms that the show will end after five seasons, not six like he originally thought. 

In his statement, he also announced who will succeed Claire Foy and Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty The Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st Century. Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman,” Morgan said. “At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop. I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”

“I have loved watching The Crown from the very start. 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 honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion,” Staunton said in a statement.

The Crown’s third and current season covers 1964-1977 with season four to track the 1980s. It has yet to be announced what period the fifth and final season will handle.