Rumors are circulating that Helena Bonham Carter is to play Princess Margaret in the upcoming seasons of The Crown, the Netflix series that follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Bonham Carter would be replacing Vanessa Kirby in the period drama.
According to multiple sources, Helena Bonham Carter hasn’t signed on yet with The Crown, but a deal is in the works.
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For her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech, Bonham Carter won best supporting actress (BAFTA) and was nominated for an Oscar. She brilliantly played Helen Schlegel in Howards End.
Period drama fans loved her in an early role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove, and will likely remember her as Caroline Abbott in Where Angels Fear to Tread, Edith Ellyn in Suffragette, Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII, Serena Staverley in A Hazard of Hearts, and Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables.
You may have missed her in the 1930s set A Merry War (1997), The Lone Ranger (2013), Hamlet (1990), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), Francesco (1989) and Toast (2010).
Helena Bonham Carter’s earliest period roles include Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane and Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View.
Every two seasons The Crown will be recast: Olivia Colman will replace Golden Globe winner Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the third and fourth seasons of the period series from Netflix.
There’s no word yet on who will be cast as Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, in the new season, which reportedly will pick up in the 1970s.
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