Netflix's The Crown likely to halt production following Queen's death

Emmy-winning series The Crown is expected to halt filming after Queen Elizabeth II died at age 96.

The writer of the Netflix series revealed the news in an email to Deadline, adding that the series is a ‘love letter’ to the Queen.

Imelda Staunton as the Queen in The Crown.
Imelda Staunton has stepped into the role of the Queen for The Crown's latest season. Photo: Netflix

Peter Morgan kept it simple and wrote: “The Crown is a love letter to [the Queen] and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.”

The fifth season of the royal drama is supposed to be released on the streaming platform in November 2022, with Imelda Staunton making her debut as the monarch.


Other new cast members include Dominic West as Prince Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales.

Her Majesty’s death won’t have come as a surprise to executives on the show, as they have discussed it in the past with Deadline.

L: Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki as Prince Charles and Princess Diana on The Crown. R: Princess Diana and Prince Charles
Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki have been cast as Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Photo: Netflix & Getty

Stephen Daldry, who directed some of The Crown’s first season previously said that it would be ‘right and proper to show respect to the Queen [if she passes].’

“It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do,” the director told the publication in 2016.

There have been a long list of actresses who have portrayed Queen Elizabeth II over the last few decades, with one of the most notable being Dame Helen Mirren, in the 2006 film The Queen.

Her interpretation of the monarch was critically acclaimed, and she won an Academy Award for her performance.

Dame Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen in the 2006 film The Queen
Dame Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of the Queen. Photo: Canal+

It wasn’t the only time she’s stepped into the Queen’s shoes, as she also played Her Majesty in the stage play The Audience, winning an Olivier Award for her portrayal.

Taking to Instagram, the actress shared a black and white photo of the Queen alongside a touching message.

“I am proud to be an Elizabethan. We mourn a woman, who, with or without the crown, was the epitome of nobility,” she wrote.

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