The Crown Season 5: Lesley Manville on Portraying Princess Margaret

As Netflix’s acclaimed drama series The Crown heads into its fifth season, the narrative is falling on darker times as the Royal family moves into the ‘90s. Inspired by true events, showrunner Peter Morgan’s controversial depiction of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to power has intrigued audiences since its streaming premiere in 2016 with political dissension, romance, and luxury. In the series, the award-winning cast is constantly rotating as the decades progress. In Seasons 5 and 6, Academy Award-nominee Lesley Manville is stepping into the role of the Queen’s younger sister Princess Margaret, taking over for Helena Bonham Carter. Manville is known for her work on screen, as well as on the stage, having done a number of theatrical productions.

During her interview with Collider’s Steve Weintrab, Manville shared her enthusiasm in joining The Crown, the exceptional set designs and departments involved with the series, and bringing her own portrayal of Princess Margaret to the show. She also shares her thoughts on moving into increasingly difficult times for the Countess of Snowdon in Season 5, emotional scenes to come and how Morgan’s series puts a “microscope on [the Royal family] as human beings, so it humanizes them.”

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