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What the Stars of The Crown Look Like in Real Life

Once you've watched their portrayal of the royal family in the 1950s, see what the cast of The Crown looks like in modern times.
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Netflix's series The Crown spared no expense when it comes to period-appropriate costumes—and it shows. The series' high-production value is just one reason it has been such a hit. But what do to actors and actresses look like without all of the regalia? Read on to find out.

Queen Elizabeth II: Claire Foy


It's no small feat stepping into the Queen's royal shoes, but fortunately actress Claire Foy has experience playing monarchs. She previously portrayed Anne Boleyn on PBS's Wolf Hall.

Prince Philip: Matt Smith


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Best known for his role as the eleventh doctor on Doctor Who, Matt Smith has retired his Tardis to portray Prince Philip.

John F. Kennedy: Michael C. Hall


The former Dexter star joins The Crown's second season as one of America's most iconic presidents.

Jackie Kennedy: Jodi Balfour


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The South African actress originally pursued modeling and pageants but shifted to acting around 2008. The Crown marks her first big debut.

The Duke of Windsor: Alex Jennings


The controversial Duke of Windsor is Alex Jennings most recent British royal role. He has previously portrayed King Leopold on the TV series Victoria.

Wallis Simpson: Lia Williams


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Best known for her roles in theater and television, Lia Williams is back in The Crown’s second season as Wallis Simpson.

Anthony Eden: Jeremy Northam


Cast as Anthony Eden, the short-lived UK Prime Minister, is Jeremy Northam. A regular on the period drama circuit, so to speak, Northam previously starred in Emma and Gosford Park, and the Showtime hit series The Tudors.

The Queen Mother: Victoria Hamilton


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Victoria Hamilton is no stranger to portraying members of the royal family. Notably, she played Queen Victoria in the BBC TV movie Victoria & Albert.

Winston Churchill: John Lithgow


As much as this show is about royalty, it's about politics, with John Lithgow standing in for the British Bulldog himself.

Princess Margaret: Vanessa Kirby


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Before playing Elizabeth's headstrong younger sister Princess Margaret, Kirby was seen in films like Me Before You and Everest, and on-stage alongside Downton Abbey alum Jessica Brown Findlay in the Almeida Theatre's production of Uncle Vanya.

King George VI: Jared Harris


While The Crown primarily focuses on Queen Elizabeth and her early years as monarch, Jared Harris gives a moving performance as her father, the dying King George VI, in the first few episodes of season one.

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