Peter Morgan's acclaimed Netflix series The Crown will come to an end with a fifth and final season of Royal drama. Following in the footsteps of Claire Foy and Olivia Colman who have played Queen Elizabeth at different points in her life, Imelda Staunton will be the final actress to take on the role in the series. 

Speaking about the decision to bring the show to a close, and the casting of Imelda Staunton, The Crown's creator Peter Morgan had this to say. 

"This is the perfect time and place to stop. I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”I’m absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty The Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st century. Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.”

Netflix's Cindy Holland added;

“The first three seasons of The Crown defined an era, and I know the upcoming fourth season will build further on that success. It’s a stunning example of award-winning entertainment, created in the UK and loved by millions of fans around the world. I fully support Peter Morgan’s creative decision and am excited to see how he, Imelda Staunton and the cast and crew of Season 5, bring this landmark series to a fitting and spectacular end.”

Traditionally, each era of The Queen's life has occupied two seasons, and up until Morgan's announcement, it was believed that The Crown would run for six seasons. It remains unclear why the endgame has been brought forward; the series has been greeted with high praise from critics, millions of fans, and a string of accolades. Reportedly, the fifth season will take events up until 2003, and will consist of the usual ten episodes.

The Crown will return to Netflix for its fourth season later this year.