Playing historical figures is never easy; actors must balance staying true to the script, being accurate to history, and dealing with the pressure of playing a real person - a pressure that doubles if that figure is still alive and can watch their portrayal.
In the case of The Crown, the actors who portray the royal family are embodying some of the most prominent figures in recent memory. From minor characters who appear in only a scene or two, all the way to Queen Elizabeth II, stepping into these roles is a challenge.
What's that process like? We've rounded up what the actors who starred in The Crown actually said about the characters they played. Vote up the most enlightening accounts.
- 127 VOTES
Erin Doherty Wanted There To Be More Princess Anne
- 225 VOTES
Matt Smith Liked That Prince Philip Did What He Wanted
- 320 VOTES
Emma Corrin Felt Less Pressure Because We Didn’t Know Young Diana
- 415 VOTES
Claire Foy Focused On Who The Queen Was In Relation To Her Family
- 532 VOTES
Elizabeth Debicki 'Didn’t Overthink' Playing Princess Diana
- 629 VOTES
Dominic West Said He Couldn’t Make Moral Judgments Playing Prince Charles