The Crown: Imelda Staunton says season 5 is 'dignified and respectful'

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9 Nov 2022, 08:45

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The highly anticipated fifth season of The Crown drops on Netflix today (9th November), and Imelda Staunton has spoken about how it remains respectful to the Queen Elizabeth II.

Staunton has taken over the role of the late monarch from Olivia Coleman as The Crown enters a new era spanning the 90s and the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage.

The new series, which has been subject to some criticism from the likes of Dame Judi Dench, is touching on perhaps some of the most sensitive topics in the royal’s history, and it comes just two months after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

However, Staunton believes it deals with the story in the most respectful way possible.

Speaking to and other press on the red carpet of The Crown season 5 in London last night (8th November), she spoke about how this series might be perceived differently from the others.

She said: "I think, inevitably, there's a different feeling now, of course, that she's died, and I think people are feeling sensitive about that. But as I said, we finished [filming] six months ago.

“It's still as dignified and respectful as it’s always been, and I hope that people take comfort from spending some more time with this family.”

Another thing that is causing some tension with the new series is how close it is creeping to the present day. Season five covers events that happened in many people’s lifetimes and things that the British public still remembers quite clearly- such as the death of Princess Diana.

Speaking more about how that could affect the audience’s perspective of the show, Imelda added: "Well, I mean, you know, we are in 1992. For some people, that is history.

“The first series was like a costume drama, it's so long ago. So it's creeping closer, but it isn't now, and I think that's important to remember. It isn't now.

“But I mean, feelings are raw, probably still and that is understandable. But we feel that too as actors. We know that too, and we feel it.”

As previously mentioned, Staunton will be playing the part of Queen Elizabeth II in this new series, and she revealed it took quite a while to get her mannerisms down.

When asked what was the hardest part of becoming the monarch, Imelda laughed and said: “All of it.”

She added: “When the writing is that good, that's taken care of. So, you're not thinking ‘how am I going to make the scene work?’ That's all taken care of.

“You want the voice to be right and it's not an impression as such, it's a fine line. That's the challenge- to make them real people, which of course they are. This is Imelda Staunton doing it, not Olivia Coleman, not Claire Foy- I have to do my version.

“So, you know, I just have to make it my own without it being too much of me. It’s good and challenging, and it's an absolute privilege.”

The Crown season 5 is available to stream on Netflix.