Lesley Manville to Play Princess Margaret in the Final Season of 'The Crown' – Get to Know Her

Joe Akins
Jul 03, 2020
08:00 A.M.
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Netflix's "The Crown" announces that the series' producers have cast "Mums" actress, Lesley Manville in the much anticipated season 5 of the series.


Netflix's "The Crown" has once again passed the baton of roles from one actress to another. The official Twitter account of the Netflix show revealed that the role of Princess Margaret would be passed on to actress Lesley Manville in the upcoming fifth series.

Lesley Manville attends a career retrospective conversation at SAG-AFTRA Foundation at The Robin Williams Center on February 18, 2020 in New York City. | Photo :Getty Images


The concise text was accompanied by a poster of Manville and a statement of gratitude from her, expressing how excited she was to have been chosen to play Princess Margaret. The announcement read:

"Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret in the fifth season of The Crown."

The actress's note revealed that she could not be happier to be playing the role, expressing how much she did not want to put on a disappointing performance after receiving the baton passed on from two formidable actresses.


Manville would be replacing famous actress Helena Bonham Carter, who replaced Vanessa Kirby for the third and fourth seasons. Kirby played Princess Margaret for the first two seasons. Manville was ready to take on the role with eager hands.

Lesley Manville's time on "The Crown" will be unavoidably cut short.

Manville's new character is based on the true story of Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth, the current monarch and head of state of the United Kingdom. The entire Netflix series is based on the life of the Queen from the 40s to modern times.


Sadly, Manville's time on the show will be cut short to a year, unlike her predecessor, who got to spend two years as Margaret. The series' creator, Peter Morgan, revealed that the producers decided season five was where they would stop. Morgan in an interview with People said:

"I had imagined "The Crown" running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on...season five, it has become clear...this is the perfect time and place to stop."

The drama creator added that despite the looming end of the series, he was still very grateful to Netflix and Sony, one of the series' production companies, for supporting his decision to finally bring the production to a halt.


Even with Manville's time on "The Crown" cut short, the actress hardly needs any more time to establish her name, being a very prominent figure in the industry herself.

Born in Brighton, East Sussex, Lesley Manville's career began in the 70s, and her film debut in Mike Newell's 1985 film "Dance With a Stranger" was the beginning of great things for the now-64-year-old. 

Lesley Manville on "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" on February 20, 2020 | Photo : Getty Images


Today, the actress has many great chart-topping films and other productions, with awards and nominations under her belt to boast of, including five BAFTA Television and Film nominations, a 2010 Oscar nomination, and an Olivier Award.

Despite being such a popular figure, Manville can occasionally be found doing mundane things like taking the bus in an attempt to cling on to the anonymity she was new to, according to The Guardian. Manville is a great actor and an equally incredible person. Princess Margaret's story is in great hands!