The Crown creator confirms series to be cut short

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
The Crown will end after it's fifth season. Photo: Netflix

In news sure to devastate die-hard fans of Netflix’s royal drama The Crown, creator Peter Morgan confirmed the series final season has been cancelled today.

The series was originally slated for a six-season run, but will now end after on it’s the fifth season, the creator said, adding he felt it was the ‘perfect place’ for the series to wrap up.

"At the outset, I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop," said Morgan in a statement.

"I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision."

The Crown creator Peter Morgan says the series will be cut at season five. Photo: Getty Images

Third queen actress confirmed as Imelda Staunton

The news came after the series confirmed the third iteration of the monarch would be played by UK actress Imelda Staunton.

Imelda Staunton has been confirmed as the third actress to play the Queen. Photo: Getty Images

Likely most recognisable as the brilliantly horrid Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter franchise, the actress is a veteran of British screen and theatre.

With five Olivier awards, a BAFTA award and an Oscar nomination under her belt, the star is expected to steer the character with as much success as did Claire Foy and Olivia Coleman, who just won an Academy Award for her take on the role.

“I am genuinely honoured to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking the crown to its conclusion,” she said in a statement to the New York Times.

The Crown loved by ‘millions around the world’

The series follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who is the UK’s longest-running monarch at 68 years on the job.

Since hitting screens in 2016 the series has become a cult-hit, something vice president of original content for Netflix Cindy Holland said in addressing the news.

"It’s a stunning example of award-winning entertainment, created in the UK and loved by millions of fans around the world,” she said.

“I fully support Peter Morgan’s creative decision and am excited to see how he, Imelda Staunton and the cast and crew of season five, bring this landmark series to a fitting and spectacular end." 

Fans are eagerly awaiting the series’ fourth season after images of fans recreating iconic historical moments went viral.

Certain fans were hoping the series would extend to include the recent Megxit controversy which saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex step back from their royal positions in an unforeseen move.

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