Matt Smith, Claire Foy Set for Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth II Series

Matt Smith The Crown Cast

Your Majesty, the doctor will see you now.

Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and John Lithgow (How I Met Your Mother, Third Rock from the Sun) will co-star in Netflix’s original series The Crown.

They join Wolf Hall‘s Claire Foy as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the drama about the monarch’s decades-spanning reign and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain’s post-war destiny.

Smith will portray Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, while Lithgow steps into Sir Winston Churchill’s iconic shoes.

The 10-episode series — penned by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon), with Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) directing some installments —will debut in 2016.

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  1. Yay, Matt Smith! But it’s DOCTOR Who, not Dr.

  2. maria says:

    I was waiting for this one. Good for Matt Smith! :D

  3. Wordsmith says:

    I can’t quite picture John Lithgow as Churchill. I’m sure he can pull off the gravitas and charisma, but he seems like completely the wrong physical type

    • Jules says:

      I thought the same thing. Simon Ward played him as a young man and he would’ve been perfect as the older Winston, too, but he is no longer with us. Simon Russell Beale? Warren Clarke played him on stage. Richard McCabe (who just won a Tony) and Michael Gambon (who has a certain star status from playing Dumbledore) have both played Churchill on TV.

    • tsevca says:

      My thoughts exactly.

  4. Shira Simon says:

    I feel the need to point out that Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, is Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband. So, he’s really the love interest, without the “will they or won’t they.”

  5. this sounds pretty good but i wonder how far the time span is gonna go

  6. Bark Star says:

    Hope Smith takes some acting lessons first.

  7. Hambleton says:

    Great news. Smith is an extraordinary actor. Check out Party Animals, Moses Jones, Christopher and His Kind or Bert and Dickie if you’ve never seen any of his earlier stuff. With Claire Foy on board and John Lithgow, this has to be one of the very best casts on any project at the moment. Wonder if they’ll keep the leads across the series or do an American Horror Story and refresh leads each time? Either way, certainly going to watch.