Creator Peter Morgan says it was the “perfect time and place to stop.”

With that, the wildly popular Netflix series The Crown, about the lives of the British royal family, will end with Season 5, with Imelda Stanton confirmed to take the baton from Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth for the final season.

“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.” – The Crown creator Peter Morgan

Imelda Staunton is married to Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Staunton, whose career spans four decades, says she is honored to be taking the story into the 21st century and its conclusion:

“I have loved watching The Crown to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts.”

The Crown has racked up an impressive array of awards in its first three seasons: SAG awards for the series, for Foy, and for John Lithgow who played Winston Churchill, Golden Globe awards for the series, for Foy and for Colman and a BAFTA for Vanessa Kirby who portrayed Princess Margaret in the first two seasons.

Season 4 of The Crown is expected to release in late 2020.

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