Princess Diana has long been one of the most beloved members of the royal family and with the upcoming release of Season 5 of The Crown, she will once again be at the forefront of the hearts and minds of the British public.
The new season, which premieres November 9, sees Tenet actress Elizabeth Debicki join the cast alongside Dominic West as Prince Charles, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip and Imelda Staunton as the late Queen Elizabeth II.
With already headline-grabbing scenes that are expected to be included in The Crown season 5 as well as the sixth season currently filming, we know it will show Diana as her and Charles’ marriage finally crumbles .
She will also feature as a patron of over 100 charities, shedding light on the HIV/AIDS crisis at a time when many public figures were pretending it wasn’t the case before her untimely death in a fatal car accident in Paris in 1997.
The activist’s charitable work, her relationships and her tragic death have been the subject of countless documentaries, but there have also been some brilliant historical dramas and biopics.
As Debicki prepares to add her own into the mix, here are some of the best TV and film portrayals of The King from recent years.
The crown Season 4 (2020)
Emma Corrin was the first actress to portray the Princess of Wales in the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown, making her debut in the first episode of season four, in which she meets then-Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor).
The 10-part arc took up his proposal in early 1981, their brief engagement led to the fairytale royal wedding on July 29, 1981 and the births of their sons Prince William and Prince Harry in 1982 and 1984 respectively.
It also didn’t shy away from her relationship troubles and alleged and admitted infidelities.
Acclaimed for her portrayal of the princess when she was younger, Emma won a Golden Globe and even earned an award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role at the Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Crown Seasons 5 and 6 (2022 –)
Elizabeth Debicki has landed the role in the fifth and sixth series of the show as she plays a slightly older Diana who is initially married to Charles and has two young sons.
A first look at the actress in the role sparked a massive reaction online and fans couldn’t believe the resemblance between the actress and the late Diana.
The series, which features Elizabeth’s version of the princess, has yet to air, but expectations are very high.
It has already been confirmed that the latest episodes will focus on events in the 1990s, including the split from Wales in 1992 and Diana’s famous strapless ‘revenge dress’, which she wore on the night of Charles’ infamously candid interview after their wedding.
In 2021, almost 25 years after the Paris tragedy, US actress Kristen Stewart slipped into the role of Princess Diana.
Spencer follows the princess during a Christmas holiday in 1991, which she spent with the rest of the royal family in Sandringham, amid the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles.
The Twilight actress’ portrayal of the mother of two was met with critical acclaim from both the public and critics, and Stewart was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the film, directed by Pablo Larraín.
She lost to Jessica Chastain for her work on The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
The critics absolutely planned it, and it’s an incredibly poor 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, but Naomi Watt’s portrayal of the princess in 2013’s Diana is truly impressive.
British-Australian actress Watts completely transformed into the king and even had her mannerisms under control.
Diana chronicled the last two years of her life and was based on Kate Snell’s 2001 book Diana: Her Last Love.
Also featured were Naveen Andrews as Dr. Hasnat Khan, Cas Anvar as Dodi Fayed and Douglas Hodge as Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell.
Unfortunately, Watt’s excellent performance was overshadowed by problems elsewhere in the film – but if you’re a big Diana fan you should still see this film.
The fifth Crown series starts November 9th on Netflix.
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