The Crown Season 3: Everything We Know So Far

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Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II – Copyright. Leftbank Pictures

One of the best Netflix Originals to come out in the past couple of years is The Crown. The multi-award-winning television show has garnered praise worldwide, and audiences across the world are waiting in anticipation for the release of season three. Here is everything we know so far about The Crown season 3.

There are many popular and fantastic Netflix Originals on Netflix. None have captured the hearts of audiences more than Netflix Original The Crown. The show is a dramatized adaptation of the life of Queen Elizabeth II, her relationships with her family, and the politics behind being the queen of an empire.

The events of the series take place over many years and include notable landmarks in the Queen’s life, such as her wedding to Prince Phillip, the death of her father, King George the VI, and her subsequent coronation, as well as some of the most notorious events in the British Empire’s history.

What happened at the end of season 2 of The Crown?


The finale of season 2 focused on the infamous Profumo Affair. It was a scandal that shook British politics to its core. Secretary of State War John Profumo had been having an affair with the model Christine Keeler. Keeler had also been in an affair with Soviet naval attache Eugene Ivanov.

Seen as a threat to national security, the scandal resulted in the resignation of both Profumo and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. The man who introduced the pair, Stephen Ward, committed suicide.

The narrative of the show focuses on both the Profumo Affair and the scandal of Prince Phillip, who supposedly was in attendance at the party where Keeler was introduced to Profumo. While Queen Elizabeth struggles with controversies surrounding both her husband and the inadequacies of the British government, she gives birth to her 4th child.

Casting News for Season 3 of The Crown

The finale of season two acted as a goodbye to the cast of seasons one and two as it was confirmed that for seasons three and four of The Crown would see a brand new cast take over the roles of the Royal Family. We have the current list of the new cast below:

Role Actress/Actor Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Queen Elizabeth Olivia Coleman Broadchurch, Hot Fuzz, Peep Show
Prince Philip Tobias Menzies Casino Royale, Rome, Game of Thrones
Princess Margaret Helena Bonham Carter Les Miserables, Fight Club, The King’s Speech
Prime Minister Harold Wilson Jason Watkins Being Human, Tomorrow Never Dies, Wild Child
Prince Charles Josh O’Connor God’s Own Country, Cinderella, The Durrells
Antony Armstrong-Jones Ben Daniels The Exorcist (TV), Flesh and Bone, House of Cards
Princess Anne Erin Doherty Call the Midwife, Les Miserables (2018)
Queen Mother Marion Bailey Allied, Mr. Turner, Vera Drake
Lord Mountbatten Charles Dance Game of Thrones, Gosford Park, The Imitation Game

According to Naomi Gordon at Harpers Bazaar, there have been leaked images of Call the Midwife actress Emerald Fennell performing with Josh O’Connor on set. The rumors now circulating are whether or not the role Emerald Fennell is playing is Camilla Parker. Netflix is yet to confirm if these rumors are true.


Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II

What Historical Events Could Take Place in Season 3 of The Crown?

Taking into consideration the historical significance and how accurately the show follows Elizabeth’s reign we can expect to see the following:

  • Decolonization of African and Caribbean Nations
  • Rhodesian Independence
  • The coronation of Prince Charles as the Prince of Wales
  • The Aberfan Disaster
  • Watergate Scandal
  • England’s 1966 World Cup Win
  • The rise of the IRA
  • Hung Parliament of 1974
  • Entry to the European Community
  • Constitutional Crisis of Australia
  • The Queen’s Silver Jubilee

The Events listed above take place between the years of 1965 up to 1977. During this time Prince Charles will be introduced to his future wife and mother of his children the late Princess Diana. Subsequently, he would also meet his second wife during this time, Camilla Parker-Bowles. The Queen’s sister Princess Margaret would also see her marriage fizzle out and she divorces Lord Snowden.

It has been confirmed that an episode will focus on Apollo 11’s successful mission to land on the Moon. The episode will focus on Philip’s reaction to the monumental moment.

Where are we up to with production of season 3 of The Crown?

Filming for the third season has finished and filmed for the fourth season is expected to begin later this summer (2019). There have been reshoots for the third season for some scenes but that has now been concluded.


Olivia Coleman (Left) pictured with co-star Helena Bonham Carter (Right) Copyright. Netflix

How has the cast reacted to season 3 of The Crown?

In a series of tweets from the official The Crown Twitter page, they released the responses from the cast and how they felt joining the cast of The Crown.

Do we have any photos for Season 3 of The Crown?

What is the cast of season 1 and 2 of The Crown doing now?

Leading lady Claire Foy gained international recognition for her role as Queen Elizabeth II. Her performance as the Queen earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Foy recently portrayed Janet Armstrong in First Man as the wife of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Foy has also been cast to play Lisbeth Salander in the movie adaptation of The Girl in the Spiders Web. It will continue to be a busy time for the actress as she is now one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood.

Matt Smith was already well renowned for his work as the 11th Doctor on the famous British Sci-Fi series Doctor Who. Smith’s work in science fiction will continue as he has been cast in the latest episode of the Star Wars saga. Notably, Smith has also been cast as Charles Manson in Charlie Says.

BAFTA award-winning actress Vanessa Kirby recently starred in the sixth Mission Impossible film as ‘The White Widow.’ Kirby has also been cast in the Fast and Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw which will focus on the characters that Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham portray in the franchise.

The Crown season 3 Trailer

The first teaser trailer for season 3 of The Crown has arrived!

When is the release date for season 3 of The Crown?

Thanks to the teaser video, we now know that The Crown season 3 will be coming to Netflix on November 17th, 2019

Will there be a season 4 of The Crown?

As stated earlier in the article, creator Peter Morgan is already writing the story for season four. As we’ve discussed above, filming for season three has concluded, but filming for season four is expected later this summer. We can expect a shorter wait between both seasons being filmed back to back.

It is expected that The Crown will have a total of 6 seasons, but depending on the success of seasons three and four, we will see if Netflix renews for another two seasons. The Crown is one of the most expensive shows in history, so the next 2 seasons will need to be a massive success, like seasons one and two, to warrant the cost of any subsequent seasons.

Are you excited for Season 3 of The Crown? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 as a fulltime writer having worked in numerous other industries until that point. Jacob covers all things Netflix whether that's TV or movies but specializes in covering new anime and K-dramas. Resides in Norwich in the United Kingdom.

 Poster Rating: TV-MA
Language: English
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Cast: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton
Season Additions:
  • - Season 6 - Part 2 was added to Netflix on December 14th, 2023
  • - Season 6 - Part 1 was added to Netflix on November 16th, 2023
  • - Season 5 was added to Netflix on November 9th, 2022
  • - Season 4 was added to Netflix on November 15th, 2020
  • - Season 3 was added to Netflix on November 17th, 2019
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