See How Olivia Colman Reacted to Being Cast as The Crown’s Queen Elizabeth II

In an exclusive new video, Olivia Colman opens up about landing her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. "I was very uncool," she says. Watch the clip here.

By Jonathan Borge Nov 02, 2020 8:00 PMTags

Olivia Colman's at-times icy portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II is just one reason to watch seasons three and four of The Crown on Netflix.

After stepping into the role Claire Foy first took on, Colman's performance earned her an Emmy nomination plus a 2020 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama. Now, fans are pumped to watch her return to the show for season four, in which she's expected to have a political showdown with Gillian Anderson's Margaret Thatcher, plus major disagreements with Emma Corrin's Princess Diana.

In an exclusive new clip that teases Sony Home Entertainment's Nov. 3 release of The Crown: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray and DVD, Colman looks back at the moment she found out she landed the part. 

"I was in the car with my family and my agent called me and she was trying to be discreet, I think, so she went around the houses and I didn't know what she was talking about. And then went, The Crown!" Colman says. "And I was very uncool and said yes."

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Also in the video, The Crown executive producer Benjamin Caron praised Colman's professionalism. "There are no airs and graces about Olivia," he says. "She will have us and the entire crew laughing for most of the day, but when you're on set and when you say action, there is that moment and the queen has arrived."

Helena Bonham Carter, who plays Princess Margaret, also couldn't help but gush about Colman's performance. "The first time I saw Olivia in her wig it was magical," she says. "It was like, ‘Oh my God, the queen is in the room."  

To watch her transform once again, watch The Crown season four when it hits Netflix on Nov. 15. 

The Crown: The Complete Third Season, which includes behind-the-scenes footage and a closer look at the costumes, is available Nov. 3 on Blu-ray and DVD.

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