“Outlander” Star Tobias Menzies to Play Prince Philip in “The Crown”

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Award-winning series has added to the cast of seasons three and four. He will play Prince Philip, taking over the role from Matt Smith who played the royal in the first two seasons. Menzies joins previously announced Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Carter. Paul Bettany is also in talks for a role. The show was created by Peter Morgan.

The series follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth with each season following different decade in the Queen’s life. Season one centered on the monarch taking on the role after her father’s death and her relationship with Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Season two focused more on Elizabeth and Philip’s struggling marriage.

The show has been making headlines recently, not just for its casting announcements, but because it was revealed that star Foy, who won a Golden Globe for her performance, was paid less than her on-screen husband Smith. Lef Bank Productions has since said that going forward “no one gets paid more than the Queen” and issued a formal apology to the actors.

has been on a roll the past few years, with roles in both fan and critically acclaimed series Game of Thrones, Outlander, The Night Manager, and most recently in AMC’s The Terror. Menzies is represented by and Conway Van Gelder Grant in the UK.

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