Imelda Staunton’s first speech before the Queen role

Imelda Staunton gave her first official address to The Crown fans that weekend ahead of season five.

The 65-year-old actress will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming episodes, with a time jump allowing a cast swap.

Imelda appeared behind her royal desk to give fans an “address” at Netflix’s TUDUM event on Saturday.

Outside the character, smiling into the cameras, Imelda paid tribute to the actresses who had played queen before her and discussed how she felt about taking on the role.


The show has only released one photo of the actress as Queen so far (Credit: Netflix)

“Hi, I’m Imelda Staunton and I’m currently on the set of The Crown where we just started filming season five,” she said.

“I am delighted to be here and to take on the role of Queen Elizabeth from two outstanding actresses. Lastly the wonderful Olivia Colman, and who could forget the actress who invented the role, Claire Foy. “

“I will do my best to maintain the very high standard that you have set. Hopefully I look calm, collected, and able. My stomach is doing somersaults meanwhile, ”she added.

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“On behalf of the cast and crew, we look forward to bringing you the next season of The Crown in November 2022.”

Olivia Colman plays the queen
Imelda takes on the queen role of Olivia Colman (Credit: Netflix YouTube)

The short and sweet speech was part of a massive Netflix event in which the streaming service gave numerous first glances, announcements and exclusives to the fans.

While that’s all we got from The Crown, we’re even more excited now.

Who will join Imelda Staunton in the new cast of The Crown?

Imelda is currently in the new line-up of The Crown …

  • Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip
  • Dominic West as Prince Charles
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana
  • Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker-Bowles
  • Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major
  • Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret
  • Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne
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The actress is the final portrayal of Queen Elizabeth (Credit: SplashNews)

When will The Crown Season 5 be released?

Although we don’t have an exact date, the series will return in November 2022.

The show is currently being filmed so it is unlikely to return any sooner.

However, Netflix previously surprised fans with early arrivals as they finished early or had openings on their schedule.

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For example, the third season of Cobra Kai fell a week earlier than originally announced.

Crown seasons 1-4 are now available on Netflix.

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