The Crown's Emma Corrin speaks about the "immense pressure" of playing Princess Diana

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix

From Good Housekeeping

The Crown’s Emma Corrin has spoken out about her role as Princess Diana in the upcoming series - revealing the “immense pressure” she felt playing such a beloved public figure.

Emma, 24, makes her debut as the People’s Princess in season four of the Netflix royal drama later this month when we see Diana’s character for the first time. We join the royal family in the 1980s this time around, when Diana and Prince Charles first meet and get married.

Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t an easy role to play. “There was an immense pressure because she was so adored and because there is this sense from everyone almost of ownership, like they knew her, so I went into it with a huge sense of pressure,” she told The Graham Norton Show.

Last month Emma opened up about working with Olivia Colman as Her Majesty the Queen, telling The Telegraph about their relationship on set.

"I’m thinking: 'She’s meant to be horrible to Diana. How can I do this?'", she explained.

"[Olivia is] so nice, the least intimidating person in the world, and she’s got a lovely maternal energy on set. The Queen’s meant to be completely the opposite. But honestly, at the flick of a switch she was in character. I was absolutely terrified. No acting required.’

Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix

This will be the last series with the current cast, with a reboot for seasons five and six - including Imelda Staunton as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.

The Crown season 4 comes to Netflix on 15 November.

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