The Crown’s Emma Corrin says she’s ‘pleased to move on’ from playing Diana

Louis Chilton
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Emma Corrin en La corona (Des Willie/Netflix)
Emma Corrin en La corona (Des Willie/Netflix)

Actor Emma Corrin has said she is “pleased to move on” from playing Princess Diana in The Crown.

Corrin portrayed the late Princess of Wales from the ages of 16 to 28 in the recent fourth season of Netflix’s hit period drama.

In the next season, the role, which served as a breakthrough for the 25-year-old Corrin, will be taken over by Widows star Elizabeth Debicki.

Speaking to The Guardian, Corrin seemed to embrace leaving the series behind, and revealed that she was keen to see what Debicki made of the role.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she said. “Though I’m sad I only did one series, I always knew that was all I was signing on for, and I played her from 16 to 28. I took her from girl to woman, and I loved that arc. But I’m also quite pleased to move on.”

“The industry loves to pigeonhole,” she added. “The sooner I can move away from doing posh English, the better, even though that’s what I am.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Corrin also addressed last year’s debate over the proposed need for a “fiction warning” before episodes, alerting viewers to the fact they a watching a work of fiction.

The disclaimer was proposed by the UK’s culture secretary Oliver Dowden, prompted by controversy over some of the factual inaccuracies contained within the show.

Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in season four of The CrownDes Willie/Netflix
Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in season four of The CrownDes Willie/Netflix

“On some level, I do understand it,” said Corrin. “These people are alive. There’s bound to be protectiveness. I just think it does a disservice to the appreciation of cinema, television, writing, even the imagination.”

The Crown can be watched now on Netflix.

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