Meet Erin Doherty, the actress set to play Princess Anne in Netflix's 'The Crown'

With the focus gradually shifting to a different phase in the British monarch's life, a new addition to the plot would be that of Princess Anne, the only daughter of the Queen.


                            Meet Erin Doherty, the actress set to play Princess Anne in Netflix's 'The Crown'
Erin Doherty (Source: Getty Images)

Netflix is fast-tracking work on its historic period drama, 'The Crown'. Following a very successful two season-run online, the series chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth from the mid-1940s through modern times, is pacing up by one decade and moving into the 1970s for its upcoming season 3. This means a slew of fresh faces, characters, and actors. 

In the period chosen for depiction in the third season of the series, however, all the prime characters have naturally aged by at least ten years. With the focus gradually shifting to a different phase in the British monarch's life, a new addition to the plot would be that of Princess Anne, the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. 

If latest reports are to be believed, Netflix has already found it's Princess Anne and she is relatively a fresh face in the mix - actress Erin Doherty, whose other prominent credits include Call the Midwife (2012) and Les Misérables (2018). This is definitely not the first time the British period piece, created and principally written by Peter Morgan, has introduced such a fresh talent. Given the popularity of the series in the recent times, which has since its debut transcended the premise of its plot - that is history - it is quite natural that the streaming giant is tapping every means to keep their content relevant. 

And casting a comparatively lesser known actress, at this point, seems like a move in this direction. Doherty, however, would be joining an absolutely star-studded cast for season 3 of "The Crown'. Especially since the scepter of Queen Elizabeth has been passed on from Claire Foy to the new lead of the Netflix series, Olivia Coleman.

Apart from Foy, Matt Smith has also been replaced as the Queen's husband and the Duke of Edinburgh by Tobias Menzies. Best known for starring as Edmure Tully, the younger brother of Lady Catelyn Stark and former Lord of Riverrun, Menzies has built up quite a credential for himself with shows like 'Outlander' and 'The Night Manager'. Another prominent cast addition for the third season of 'The Crown' is of Helena Bonham Carter - of fame 'Ocean's 8', 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The King's Speech' - in the role of Princess Margaret. 

Previously portrayed by actress Vanessa Kirby, the storyline involving the Queen's younger sister, had stirred quite the drama in the second season - a baton that hopefully would be carried forth by Carter as well as by Doherty with her princess Anne plotline, involving a wedding to Mark Philips and an attempted kidnapping incident.     

However, though the series is reportedly filming now, several roles still remain without a name to it. Specifically, it has yet to be announced who will play the Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Camilla Parker Bowles.