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How Does The Crown Season 5 Cast Stack Up To Their Real-Life Inspiration? You Judge.

Dominic West as Charles *might* be a stretch.

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Season 5 of The Crown has finally arrived, bringing with it some controversial casting choices. Dominic West as Prince Charles? Fans beg to differ. Still, some of the cast for this season, which spans from 1990 to the summer of 1997, feels spot-on. You be the judge.

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Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II

Say goodbye to beloved Olivia Colman in the role of QEII, and say hello to Staunton — arguably best known for her wicked portrayal of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter franchise.

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Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip

Jonathan Pryce is one of those actors you love in everything you see him in, which has been a lot. So this seems promising! He takes the place of Tobias Menzies, and, fun fact, both previously starred on Game of Thrones.

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Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret

Helena Bonham Carter was certainly memorable as Princess Margaret, but now it’s Lesley Manville’s turn to take a spin as Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister.

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Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana

Emma Corrin earned a Golden Globe for her performance as Princess Diana in Season 4, so Debicki has big shoes to fill. She seems to be up for the task, though — royal family biographer Andrew Morton says Debicki’s performance “was like being in the room with Diana.”

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Dominic West as Prince Charles

Whereas fans felt Josh O’Connor was well-matched to play Prince Charles, they seem more skeptical about newcomer Dominic West. The general consensus? He’s “far too hot” to play the now-king.

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Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne

First originated on screen by Erin Doherty, the role of Princess Anne will now be taken over by Harrison. You may recognize her as Dr. Aveling from the show Humans.

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Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles

Where Emerald Fennell depicted Charles’ second wife in previous seasons, Williams will slide into the role for what is sure to be a dynamic timeframe.

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Senan West as Teenage William

Here’s a fresh new face you’ll want to see much more of this season: Senan West as a teenage Prince William. If you think the name looks familiar, well, you’re right — he’s Dominic West’s son!

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Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major

You might be thinking, Wait, what? But somehow, Elementary star Jonny Lee Miller weirdly works as Prime Minister John Major.

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Bertie Carvel as Prime Minister Tony Blair

Prime Minister Tony Blair has been played by other actors before — Michael Sheen twice, in fact — so it will be interesting to see how Bertie Cavel (who is fantastic in Doctor Foster) will do as the politician.

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Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed

Khalid Abdalla steps into the role of Dodi Fayed, the Egyptian billionaire who dated Princess Diana for a few months prior to the tragic car crash in Paris that led to their deaths.

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