The Crown

The Crown and Ted Lasso sweep major categories

The Crown's prizes included best drama series and four acting wins - for Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman, Josh O'Connor and Tobias Menzies.

"What a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey with this lovely family," Colman said of her final series playing Queen Elizabeth II.

"I loved every second of it and I can't wait to see what happens next."

Becoming emotional, she added: "I wish my dad was here to see this. I lost my daddy during Covid, and he would've loved all of this."

Imelda Staunton pictured as Queen in Netflix's The Crown for first time

Netflix released the picture via their Twitter account, saying it was an "early glimpse" of the new monarch in the royal drama.

Staunton, 65, takes on the role played by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, as the latest series follows the royal family in the 21st century.

Netflix said the drama's sixth and last series will end in the early 2000s.

Netflix has 'no plans' for fiction warning

Responding to calls for a warning from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the streaming giant said the series has always been billed as a drama.

"As a result we have no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer," it said.

Mr Dowden earlier said younger viewers "may mistake fiction for fact" when watching the fourth series, which shows the breakdown of the marriage between the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The Crown's creator Peter Morgan has called the show "an act of creative imagination" with a "constant push-pull" between research and drama.

The Crown should carry fiction warning, says culture secretary

"I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact," Oliver Dowden told the Mail on Sunday.

He said Netflix's "beautifully produced work of fiction... should be very clear at the beginning it is just that".

Creator Peter Morgan has called the show "an act of creative imagination".

Mr Dowden told the paper he intended to write to Netflix this week to express his concerns. The production company has so far declined to comment.

Major Lindsay's widow 'upset' after The Crown includes ski tragedy

Sarah Horsley told The Sunday Telegraph she asked Netflix not to dramatise the 1988 disaster at Klosters, Switzerland.

Major Hugh Lindsay was a friend of the prince and a former Queen's equerry.

Mrs Horsley said: "I was horrified when I was told [the episode] was happening and was very concerned about the impact on my daughter."

She continued: "I'm very upset by it and I'm dreading people seeing it.

"I wrote to them asking them not to do it, not to use the accident.

The Crown: Elizabeth Debicki to play Princess Diana in final series

The Night Manager star will take over from the fourth season's Emma Corrin.

Debicki joins Jonathan Pryce and Imelda Staunton for the final two seasons of the royal drama, which is expected to cover the 1990s and early 2000s.

The fourth season is expected to be released this autumn.

"Princess Diana's spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many," Debicki said in a statement posted by The Crown's official Twitter account.

Jonathan Pryce: Netflix's The Crown casts its final Prince Philip

The Welsh actor was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for his role in The Two Popes, also for Netflix.

He will now star opposite Imelda Staunton's Queen Elizabeth II in the final two seasons of the royal drama, which is expected to cover the 1990s and early 2000s.

"The positive experience I had making The Two Popes has given me the confidence to tackle the daunting prospect of playing Prince Philip," said Pryce via The Crown's official Twitter page.

Newcomer Emma Corrin cast as Princess Diana

Netflix confirmed the decision in a press release, adding filming will begin later this year.

In an accompanying quote, Corrin said she was "beyond excited" to be joining the show - a dramatised history of the British monarchy.

"Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring," she said.

The Crown's creator Peter Morgan described Corrin as a "brilliant talent" who "immediately captivated" casting directors.