The Crown series five: Lesley Manville has ‘been cast as Princess Margaret’

Lesley Manville has reportedly been cast as Princess Margaret in The Crown.

The actress, 64, is slated to be taking the reins from current star Helena Bonham Carter for the fifth and final series of the Netflix hit, according to The Sun.

The star, who is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen’s younger sister during one of the ‘darkest periods of her life’.

Congrats! Lesley Manville has reportedly been cast as Princess Margaret in The Crown

A source told the publication: ‘Lesley is hugely respected by the creators of The Crown and was their first choice to play Princess Margaret this time.

‘They wanted a star who could tackle the difficult role of a royal entering one of the darkest periods of her life, when the Windsors faced endless scandals and she was dogged by ill health.

‘That’s why Lesley was one of the first actors they approached to join the new cast, and remains one of the few who has fully committed to The Crown.

Portrayal: The star, who is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen's younger sister during one of the 'darkest periods of her life' (pictured 1995)

Portrayal: The star, who is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen’s younger sister during one of the ‘darkest periods of her life’ (pictured 1995)

Taking over: The actress, 64, is slated to take the reins from current star Helena Bonham Carter for the fifth and final series of the Netflix hit, according to The Sun

Taking over: The actress, 64, is slated to take the reins from current star Helena Bonham Carter for the fifth and final series of the Netflix hit, according to The Sun

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The insider revealed that several A-list actors are currently in the running to be signed for the fifth series, but only Lesley and Imelda Staunton have signed so far.

Lesley, who recently played the lead in BBC sitcom Mum, has previously starred in Vera Drake and Maleficent alongside Imelda.

The role of Princess Margaret was first taken on by Vanessa Kirby, who portrayed the Royal in her twenties during her love affair with Peter Townsend.

Lined up: The insider revealed that several A-list actors are currently in the running to be signed for the fifth series, but only Lesley and Imelda Staunton have signed so far (pictured in February 2020)

Lined up: The insider revealed that several A-list actors are currently in the running to be signed for the fifth series, but only Lesley and Imelda Staunton have signed so far (pictured in February 2020)

Starring roles: Lesley, who recently played the lead in BBC sitcom Mum, has previously starred in Vera Drake and Maleficent alongside Imelda

Starring roles: Lesley, who recently played the lead in BBC sitcom Mum, has previously starred in Vera Drake and Maleficent alongside Imelda

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