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Here’s Where You Have Seen the Cast of ‘The Crown’ Before

Get to know the cast of Netflix's The Crown.

Imelda Marcos, former first lady and wife of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was once again the talk of the town late Sunday evening, November 15, after being the butt of a joke in a scene from the latest season of the Netflix show, The Crown.

In a scene in the Netflix award-winning historical drama, Princess Margaret played by Helena Bonham Carter tells an entertaining story about meeting the Philippines’ first lady who “barges into the room” during a state dinner. Margaret then recalls Imelda saying she wanted to show off her “shell collection” — to which the rest of the royals take turns poking fun at Imelda’s pronunciation to “Shoe Collection,” which Imelda was infamous for owning. (Read: The Best Holiday Flicks to Binge Watch on Netflix Right Now)

After the episode aired and the “Imelda Joke” trended on social media, a lot of people gained interest in the TV show. And who can blame them? There are a lot of amazing scenes and a star-studded cast to look forward to in the season of The Crown. But if you’re looking forward to riding on the bandwagon but don’t know what the show is about, here is a mini backgrounder of the cast and where you’ve seen them before. 

The Crown Cast: Emma Corrin

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Photos from Emma Corrin Instagram, (Princess Diana) Des Willie / Netflix, and (Pennyworth) Frank Ockenfels 3 / Epix / Hollywood Reporter

At just 24, Emma Corrin landed the role of the most loved princess of all time, Princess Diana, in the fourth and all-new season of The Crown. The season introduces the incredibly complex royal life of the British princess who would go on to become beloved by her country. (Read: The Twitterverse’s cutest reactions to the new royal baby’s name)

According to some insights, Emma Corrin studied Princess Diana’s mannerisms and worked with a speech therapist to master the role. This will be Corrin’s first major role following her previous role on the epic Batman spin-off series, Pennyworth.

The Crown Cast: Gillian Anderson

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Photos from The Crown Netflix Instagram, (Margaret Thatcher) Netflix, and (The X-Files) Shane Harvey / FOX

In the series, Gillian Anderson plays the role of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female Prime Minister. The Crown explores the complicated relationship between Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth and other historical events that happened in 1979. 

Anderson is a well-known actress in Hollywood, who has won multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. She is best known for starring in The X-Files and, you might remember her from the Netflix show, Sex Education.

The Crown Cast: Josh O’Connor

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Photos from Andriy Makukha / Wikipedia, (Prince Charles) Des Willie / Netflix, and (Les Misérables) BBC / Lookout Point / Robert Viglasky

After starring in multiple TV series such as The Durrells, Peaky Blinders, and the BBC adaptation of Les Misérables, Josh O’Connor is moving on to play Prince Charles of The Crown. (Read: Freediving in the Philippines to Be Featured in Netflix Series)

The newest season of the series features how Prince Charles courts and marries Lady Diana Spencer, including the drama behind the throne. 

The Crown Cast: Olivia Colman

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Photos from Olivia Colman Instagram, (Queen Elizabeth II) Netflix, and (The Favourite) Atsushi Nishijima

In the fourth season of The Crown, Queen Elizabeth II is played by critically acclaimed actress Olivia Colman— who won the Best Actress Academy Award for playing Queen Anne in The Favourite. (Read: Queen’s Virtual Tea Party Highlights the Church’s Role in Social Issues)

The Crown Cast: Helena Bonham Carter

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Photos from Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images / Britannica, (Princess Margaret) Netflix, and (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) Warner Bros.

Princess Margaret was the Queen’s younger sister and only sibling. This season of The Crown will see her as a lonely objector to Charles and Diana’s wedding.

Helena Bonham Carter is not new to playing big roles, so portraying the likes of Princess Margaret, the Queen’s younger sister and only sibling in front of the camera comes easy. She already starred in numerous notable films, including The King’s Speech and Harry Potter in which she played Bellatrix Lestrange. 

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