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Who Plays Princess Diana on The Crown?

Start Practicing Your Curtsy, Because The Crown Just Cast an Actress to Play Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales, wears an outfit in the colours of Canada during a state visit to Edmonton, Alberta, with her husband.

As Netflix's highly anticipated third season of The Crown begins to take shape, we've found ourselves with one very important question: who will play Princess Diana? Since the series is going to move into the late '70s by the end of the new season, that means a young Diana will come into the picture by season four. Luckily it seems the streaming platform has found the perfect actress to play her.

On Tuesday, Netflix revealed that after an extensive casting search, newcomer Emma Corrin will take on the role of Diana Spencer, who will go on to become the future princess of Wales as the series moves forward. She won't appear in the third season alongside new cast members Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, and Gillian Anderson, among others, but we're excited to see how she'll mix into things when season four premieres.

"Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer," The Crown's creator Peter Morgan said in a statement about the exciting news. "As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation."

Corrin previously appeared in one episode of the British drama series Grantchester as a character named Esther Carter, and is starring in the upcoming pageant film Misbehaviour with Gugu Mbatha-Raw. She'll also make her US TV debut in Epix's Batman drama Pennyworth, which is a prequel revolving around the life of butler Alfred Pennyworth before he got involved in the caped crusader's extra curricular activities.

"Beyond excited and honoured to be joining The Crown for its fourth season," Corrin said of her casting. "I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I'm now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal. Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To be given the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan's writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice!"

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