The Crown's Princess Margaret star Lesley Manville pays tribute to 'lovely' co-star


Lesley Manville is set to take over from Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret for the fifth season of The Crown, dropping on Netflix this week. The latest series will see the Queen's younger sister face continuous health woes in her final years before she died in 2002. The fifth season will also see her reunion with her former lover, Group Captain Peter Townsend, played by Timothy Dalton, who she highly praised.

Speaking about working with Timothy, she simply stated: "He was lovely, and I think he's just spot-on as Peter Townsend."

The news of the series going ahead with the original release date came as a shock to many fans after the news of Queen Elizabeth II's death.

This also included the filming for the drama's sixth and final season, with creator Peter Morgan commenting: "Nothing's changed."

Speaking on the sixth series, Lesley added: "We're still doing the scripts. Nothing's changed, they haven't been rewritten. Why would they? We're dealing with the 1990s.

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"One's feelings about what the whole nation has been through is kind of a private thing. Obviously, we talk to each other a lot [about it].

"But the actual process of making the programme is the same," she added to Entertainment Weekly.

Season five will look at the Royal Family's life from the early-to-mid 1990s and will focus on then Prince Charles (played by Dominic West) and Princess Diana's (Elizabeth Debicki) marriage breakdown.

The season is also set during John Major’s tenure as England’s prime minister from 1990-97 which has also caused some controversy.

Netflix decided to add a disclaimer at the beginning of the first trailer which read: "Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatisation tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign."

However, it is unsure whether they will continue to show the disclaimer when the episodes land on Netflix.'s own Neela Debnath recently gave her opinion on what the fifth and penultimate series is like.

She wrote: “After the countless headlines and column inches devoted to condemning the new series before its premiere, the episodes themselves fall flat, lacking the explosive drama viewers may have been expecting.”

She added: “The central problem with season five is the subject matter: it's so well documented it's practically etched into the nation's consciousness.

“There's nothing new or surprising and feels like a poor reenactment of these events.”

The Crown season five lands on Netflix on Wednesday, November 9.