The stunning cast of the upcoming Netflix series The Crown have opened up about their experiences playing key members of the monarchy in the August issue of British Vogue. The period drama, which tells the story of then-Princess Elizabeth's journey from falling in love with Prince Philip to embracing motherhood to becoming a queen at the tender age of 25, stars English actress Claire Foy as the longest reigning British monarch.
Claire, along with her castmates Matt Smith ( Doctor Who), Vanessa Kirby and Ben Miles show off creations by Zuhair Murad Couture, Chanel Haute Couture and Elie Saab Haute Couture in the beautiful 10-page editorial.
Actress Eileen Atkins, who plays the Queen Mother, told the publication that her opinion on the Royal Family changed drastically after doing extensive research for her role. "Being a royal is no privilege," says the star, adding, "They are constantly on, they cannot ever slip off their shoes in public. Celebrities choose fame. Royals have it thrust upon them."
Matt, who takes on the role of the Queen's longtime love Prince Philip, revealed during an interview at a special Netflix presentation in Paris that he "grew to love" the royals during filming. "What’s brilliant [about the series] is .... you get to glimpse them as real human beings – getting ready for bed.”
In addition to exploring the life of the Queen, the 10-part series, which reportedly cost more than $200 million to make, examines the personal struggles, romances and political rivalries behind the monarchy. It is set to debut in November.