Matt Smith Heads to Netflix for First Post-‘Doctor Who’ TV Role

The Crown, a new Netflix series which focuses on the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II and her Prime Ministers, has announced its cast today, which includes former Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

A ten episode first season of The Crown was ordered by the streaming service in Nov. 2014 and Netflix announced the main cast today. Claire Foy (BBC2’s Wolf Hall) will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith (Doctor Who) will portray Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh and John Lithgow (Third Rock from the Sun) has signed on as Sir Winston Churchill.

The Crown is storytelling that lives somewhere between television and cinema from Britain’s foremost chroniclers of modern politics, class and society,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix in a statement when the show was announced. “We are enormously proud to be the exclusive home of a series from [writer] Peter Morgan and [director] Stephen Daldry that promises to fascinate and entertain audiences around the world.”

You can read a description of the series, per Netflix, below:

The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street – and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. Two houses, two courts, one Crown.

The Crown will premiere on Netflix in 2016

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