The creators of Netflix’s hit series ‘The Crown’ have revealed who will play Prince William and Kate Middleton in season 6.
Two actors have been cast as the young prince: 16-year-old Rufus Kampa and 21-year-old Ed McVey. Meanwhile, Meg Bellamy will play Kate Middleton.
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Season 5 of “The Crown” is scheduled to hit theaters in November. It will feature an all-new cast including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles. Jonny Lee Miller will also appear as Prime Minister John Major.
West’s son Senan West will also appear as a young Prince William (aged around 11). Teddy Hawley and Will Powell will both play a young Prince Harry at different ages.
While producers remain as tight-lipped as ever about which moments in the British royals’ lives they plan to revisit during the show, casting suggests that season 5 will focus on the 1990s, including events leading up to and possibly after. Diana’s death in 1997.
As Variety revealed last year, Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed, who died with her in the Paris crash, will be played by ‘The Kite Runner’ star Khalid Abdalla on the show, while his father, former department store owner Mohamed Al Fayed, will be played by Salim Daw (“Oslo”).
Given Kate’s on-screen debut and the casting of 16-year-old Kampa as a younger version of William, all signs point to Season 6, which is set to go into production this fall, focusing on the late 1990s and early 1990s. of 2000. Prince William was 15 years old in August 1997 when his mother died.
He took a gap year before enrolling at St Andrew’s University in Scotland in 2001, where he met classmate Kate. They continued dating for 10 years before finally tying the knot in 2011.
The 1990s and early 2000s continued to be a tumultuous time for the royals. The family’s popularity plummeted to its lowest ebb ever after Diana’s death and was rocked by several scandals. Princes William and Harry became known for leaving nightclubs in the wee hours of the morning, often surrounded by glamorous, chic blondes. Prince Andrew was in the throes of his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and allegedly abused his accuser Virginia Guiffre multiple times. Prince Charles was trying to rehabilitate his image while at the same time integrating his former mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles, into public life and conspiracy theories about Diana’s death ran rampant, with fringe fanatics even claiming Prince Philip.
There have also been several legal tangles since Diana’s death, including a high-profile criminal trial involving her former butler, Paul Burrell, after he was arrested for allegedly stealing hundreds of items belonging to the princess. The case was only stopped at the last minute after the Queen had a remarkable “recollection” that she had given him permission to take the items after all. The recall conveniently meant the trial collapsed and the royals were able to avoid testifying in front of what was sure to be a media circus.
Either way, there will be plenty of material for Kampa, McVey and Bellamy to sink their teeth into.
Campa has extensive stage experience, having starred in Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 & 3/4s The Musical in the West End, as well as at Waterloo East Theater and the Wycombe Swan, among others. She is due to join Tring Park School for Performing Arts – which counts Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley and Dame Julie Andrews among its alums – in September.
McVey graduated from the London Drama Center last year after completing a four-year training programme. He has appeared on stage at The Old Vic and Hammersmith Riverside Studios.
Bellamy is a complete newcomer, although she has done some amateur drama and film work, with the high-profile series marking her professional debut.
Kamba and Bellamy were both chosen after submitting audition tapes following a casting call on social media. “The Crown” will mark the trio’s professional screen debut.
He will also undoubtedly make stars out of all three. Emma Corrin, who will next appear opposite Harry Styles in the upcoming film ‘My Policeman’, has come into the limelight after emerging from relative obscurity to play a young Princess Diana in season 4. At the time she only had a handful of screen credits to her name.
Likewise, Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles in seasons 3 and 4, also rose to fame and won an Emmy for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance.
The show changes its cast every two seasons to portray the royals in different decades.
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