Matthew Goode signs on to star in 'The Crown'

By Sarah Walker

The man famous for his role on Downton Abbey is joining the hit Netflix show The Crown for its second season. According to the U.K.'s Radio Times, Matthew Goode will take on a larger than life role in the series, that of Antony Armstrong-Jones -- the society photographer who goes on to marry Princess Margaret in 1960.


Matthew will play Princess Margaret's former husband Lord Snowdon.

According to the publication, the romance between the pair will play out across several seasons. Lord Snowdon, as Antony was also known, and Princess Margaret were married until 1978 when they divorced.

The plot line follows season one's depiction of Margaret's controversial relationship with Peter Townsend, a partnership that ended because of pressure from the Royal Family.

Off screen, Lord Snowdon passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 13 of this year.

Matthew also starred in Downton Abbey.

Many will recognize Matthew from the hit show Downton Abbey where he played race car driver Henry Talbot, who went on to woo and Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery). He's also appeared on The Good Wife and in the film Leap Year, starring Amy Adams.

The second season of The Crown has reportedly begun filming and is slated to return to Netflix closer to the end of 2017.

It will pick up where the first season left of, around the 1956 Suez Crisis and will highlight events that impacted the Royals until the mid-1960s.

Claire Foy and Matt Smith, who star as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, will reprise their much-lauded roles as the monarchs. The 32-year-old actress even went on to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Television for her portrayal of the young Queen.

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