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Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher debut in tomorrow's The Crown

Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher debut in tomorrow's The Crown

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More than two decades after her death, princess Diana's ill-fated entry into the British royal family is the main storyline in the long-awaited fourth season of the hit Netflix drama The Crown.

Emma Corrin, a 24-year-old actress little known until now, immerses herself in the role of the young Diana, capturing her soft voice and timid gaze from under a heavy fringe.

But the actress admitted in an interview with The Sunday Times that she felt a "huge amount of pressure" to pull off the role in the new season, which starts on Sunday (Nov 15).

READ: Roles aren't for keeps on Netflix's The Crown, even newcomer Princess Diana

The love triangle of Diana, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowle is one of the main storylines in the fourth season, which covers the late 1970s and the 1980s.

The period was marked by deadly violence over British rule in Northern Ireland, which included the assassination of Charles' great-uncle and confidant, Louis Mountbatten, by the IRA in 1979.

It also included the Falklands War with Argentina in 1982 during which Charles' younger brother, Andrew, served as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot.

The scriptwriters also dramatise a notorious incident that year in which a 33-year-old man, Michael Hagan – frustrated at being unemployed and separated from his wife – broke into Buckingham Palace and entered the queen's bedroom.

The queen, who kept her legendary sang-froid, is again played by Olivia Colman, the British actress, who won an Oscar for The Favourite in 2019.

In the fifth series, she will hand over the role of the older queen to 64-year-old Imelda Staunton, known for playing the cruel Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.

US actress Gillian Anderson plays Margaret Thatcher, the imperious first woman to head the British government, in a season dominated by strong female roles.

READ: How Gillian Anderson captured Margaret Thatcher's look in Netflix's The Crown

A critical and popular success, The Crown was first broadcast in 2016 and has won numerous awards, including three Golden Globes and 10 Emmy Awards.

A total of 73 million people have watched at least one episode of the series, Ted Sarandos, Netflix's joint chief executive and chief content officer, said in January.

Source: AFP