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Buckingham Palace's Most Famous Intruder Will Play a Role in Season 4 of The Crown

Production has started on new episodes of the Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth's reign.
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Fans of The Crown, the Netflix series chronicling Queen Elizabeth's reign, is set to return for its third chapter later this year, but die-hard fans of the show are already getting excited about season four when the story will introduce Princess Diana.

Here's everything we know so far:

MICHAEL FAGAN WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE IN SEASON FOUR.

Buckingham Palace's most famous intruder, who broke into the Queen's bedroom in 1982, will reportedly make an appearance in the show's fourth chapter. According to the Daily Mail, he'll be played by actor Tom Brooke.

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THE FIRST PHOTOS FROM SEASON FOUR WERE JUST REVEALED.

Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin in character as Prince Charles and Princess Diana during the filming of The Crown's fourth season
Photo by ENRICO BORRA/SPLASH NEWS.

This snapshot shows actors Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin filming in Spain, but recreating an iconic moment from Prince Charles and Princess Diana's 1983 royal tour of Australia. This official visit was the first time that Diana had traveled overseas, and also Prince William's first royal tour at just nine months old.

Here's another picture of Corrin in costume, again recreating that iconic tour of Australia:

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Photo by SPLASH NEWS.

NETFLIX RECENTLY CONFIRMED WHO WILL PLAY MARGARET THATCHER.

Gillian Anderson alongside Margaret Thatcher
Photo by GETTY IMAGES.

Gillian Anderson is set to play the first woman prime minister of the U.K. The show announced the news on social media, noting that season four was already in production. "Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era," Anderson said in a statement.

Previously, several outlets had reported that she'd been cast, but The Crown had yet to comment on the news.


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THE SHOW HAS ALSO CAST ITS PRINCESS DIANA.

Photo by GETTY / FAYE THOMAS.

Netflix shared the news that Emma Corrin, a relative newcomer who has appeared on Grantchester, will be playing the late Princess of Wales on Twitter in April.

"I have been glued to the show and to think I'm now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal," Corrin said in a statement about the role. "Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan's writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice."

Diana will be introduced in season four, which has begun filming.

Previously, the Sun published what it purported to be an ad for the role, which called for an actress between the ages of 18 and 20. "We need a mesmerizing new young star with extraordinary range," it reads, per the Sun. "She has to play charming comedy, flirt and social exhibitionist on the world stage, desperate and lonely self-harmer at her lowest ebb and the kind of psychological intensity of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby."

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MOST OF THE REST OF THE SEASON'S CAST IS ALREADY IN PLACE.

While there was an enormous upheaval between seasons two and three—showrunner Peter Morgan famously recast the entire show—the majority of the characters will be played by the same actors in seasons three and four. For example, Olivia Colman will star as Queen Elizabeth in both seasons, and Helena Bonham-Carter will portray Princess Margaret.

"It was very sad to say goodbye to the season one and two cast; they were brilliant and we'd all become friends," executive producer Suzanne Mackie told the Hollywood Reporter of the process. "But I don't think any other show has recast its characters between seasons, so there is something both nerve-wracking and exhilarating too."

SEASONS THREE AND FOUR ARE BEING FILMED BACK-TO-BACK.

Hopefully, this means that fans of the show won't have to wait such a long time between installments. At this point, Netflix has yet to confirm a schedule for future seasons of the show. Morgan has previously said he hopes for the show to run for six seasons. Season three of The Crown will premiere on Netflix on Sunday, November 17.

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WATCH A PREVIEW OF THE CROWN'S THIRD SEASON HERE:

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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