Netflix has announced that Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Elementary) has signed on to join the new cast of the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s acclaimed drama The Crown. Miller is set to portray the role of John Major, the prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party from 1990-1997. He also takes over the mantle from Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher. Season 5 Production is scheduled to begin next month.
Like previous seasons, The Crown Season 5 will now feature an entirely new cast led by Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, and Dominic West as Prince Charles.
In Season 4, as the 1970s are drawing 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), who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.
The Crown is created by Peter Morgan with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Since its debut, it has won a number of awards including three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, and Emma Corrin. The fourth season also took home multiple major awards including Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.
Seasons 1-4 of The Crown are already available for streaming on Netflix.