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The Crown S4: First look at Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher

Netflix has given a first look at season 4 of The Crown, which introduces Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher – and it looks like we’re in for a right royal romp.

In case you haven’t yet caught up on the hit show, now would be a good time to binge. 

Inspired by the play, The Audience, The Crown is the inside story of the decades-long reign of Queen Elizabeth II and the duality of her private and public life. 

There’s personal intrigue, romance, and an insight into the politics and events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.  

There’s growing tension between Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), and the Queen…

Gillian Anderson is Margaret Thatcher
Marion Bailey is the Queen Mother

Season 4 begins as the Seventies draw to a close. Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), still unmarried at 30. 

There’s growing tension between Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), and the Queen which only grows worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War. Meanwhile, Charles’ romance with young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) looks to be the fairytale that’ll unite the nation. Of course, things aren’t quite so serene behind closed doors.

Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) on the lookout for a bride…
Lady Diana Spencer played by Emma Corrin

Written by Peter Morgan, The Crown‘s fourth season also stars Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles and Marion Bailey as the Queen Mother. 

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