Meet the new royals! Netflix made it official Thursday that Helena Bonham Carter and Jason Watkins will be joining the cast of The Crown in its third season.
Following much speculation after Vanessa Kirby was seen sharing selfies with the Sweeney Todd actress, the streaming giant has at long last confirmed that Bonham Carter will be taking the reins as Princess Margaret.
“I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about—doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby,” Helena said of taking over the role. “The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter than Vanessa.”
Kirby’s portrayal of the outgoing, unpredictable sister for the first two seasons won her praise from viewers and critics alike, as well as a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress two years in a row, in 2017 and 2018.
Jason Watkins, meanwhile, will play Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Harold Wilson as confirmed by Netflix via Twitter.
“I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show,” said the BAFTA winning actor in a statement. “And so thrilled to be working once again with Peter Morgan. Harold Wilson is a significant and fascinating character in our history. So looking forward to bringing him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically. And excited to be working so closely with Olivia, and the whole team.”
Helena and Jason will be joining Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, who are replacing Claire Foy and Matt Smith.
The Crown’s third season will also see Camila Parker Bowles and Princess Diana make their debut appearance, with the latter expected to play a bigger part in season four and five of the show.