The Crown's Princess Diana star Emma Corrin offers advice to replacement

Susannah Alexander
·3-min read
Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

From Good Housekeeping

The Crown season five will see a new cast step into the famous roles of the Royal Family and the people around them, as the Netflix drama continues to push onward in time and the figures' portrayed age.

That means that actress Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana during her rise to fame in the show's fourth season, will be passing on her role to Guardians of the Galaxy and Tenet actress Elizabeth Debicki as the action moves through the 90s.

Corrin, who has been nominated for the 2021 Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her role as Diana, revealed to Vulture that she hasn't yet been in contact with the next Diana but she's certainly keen to chat to her.

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

"No, I haven't yet!" she said when asked if she had spoken to Debicki. "I would be so willing to if she wanted to reach out, but that's a decision she has to make for herself."

That sounds like a formal invitation to us, Elizabeth Debicki.

Corrin also shared the advice that she would give to her successor, which included some specific pointers.

"Make it your own. Put blinkers on for the rest of the world and for the pressure," she said. "Grab onto things that resonate with you, that you relate to, or that you empathise with. And always trust the script. It won't let you down."

Photo credit: Paul Bruinooge - Getty Images
Photo credit: Paul Bruinooge - Getty Images

The actress also spoke about the recent debate over whether Netflix should include a 'fiction disclaimer' with episodes of The Crown, with the UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden telling the Mail on Sunday that The Crown should make it "very clear" that it is a fictional work.

"I definitely don't think it's necessary," she said. "It's very clear that it's a fictional drama. Because it's now encroaching more and more into the present day, everyone is feeling a bit more sensitive about it, and that's to be expected. I trust that the show will always handle everything very sensitively, but the fact remains that it's a drama and it's a fiction."

Season four, which left off in December 1990, ended in sadness for Diana as she continued to feel unhappy in her marriage to Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor).

We don't yet have an official synopsis for season five but we do know that the 90s was a tumultuous decade for the Royal Family, with Diana and Charles announcing their separation in 1992 before their divorce was finalised in 1996. Diana was then tragically killed in a car crash in 1997.

The Crown seasons 1-4 are now streaming on Netflix, while seasons 1-3 are also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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