Filming for The Crown season 6 has been suspended following the news. The series creator Peter Morgan has publicly proclaimed that The Crown is a ‘love letter’ to the former monarch, so a pause of respect is expected. According to Deadline, Netflix have ‘long had plans in place should Queen Elizabeth die during its run'.
With season five scheduled for November, we won’t be seeing anything of season six for a while. But that doesn’t stop little announcements from spilling into the press. Recently, Deadline reported that the roles of Will and Kate in The Crown's sixth and final season have been filled. Strangely: none of them has film or television experience. Here’s what we know about the new cast members.
Kampa: Prince William (aged 15)
16-year-old Rufus Kampa from Aylesbury is set to play the prince as a teenager. According to the Deadline report, Kampa will star in the episodes covering the aftermath and trauma of Princess Diana’s death in 1997.
Kampa made his West End debut in 2019 as the lead in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 3/4s at The Ambassadors Theatre. For the past five years, Kampa has been training with The British Theatre Academy and will start sixth form at the Tring Park School for Performing Arts in September.
Ed McVey: Prince William (late teenager/early adult years)
Devon-born Ed McVey, 23, plays a slightly older version of the prince. McVey recently starred in a production of the Mike Bartlett play An Intervention at Riverside Studios and performed at The Old Vic as an understudy in Camp Siegfried. He graduated with a BA in Acting at the Drama Centre London last year
Meg Bellamy: Kate Middleton
At 19, shortly after leaving the St Crispin’s School in Wokingham, Meg Bellamy will play the future Princess of Wales. The series will cover Middleton’s years at the University of St. Andrews, where she met Prince William in 2001. Bellamy has no professional experience on stage or on screen and, like Kampa, was discovered via self-submitted audition tapes after a casting call on social media.
Kampa, McVey and Bellamy will star alongside Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, and Dominic West as Prince Charles.
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