The sixth and final series of Netflix’s The Crown will be released on November 16.
Ahead of its release, Imelda Staunton, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in the hit royal drama, said the late monarch “gave people a sense of importance” during her reign.
“She didn’t worry about, ‘What do I look like?’ What should I do?’ She would go, hat, coat, bag, away. Talk to them, talk to them and be friendly and have something to say. And that was her job,” Ms. Staunton explained.
The British actress, 67, will reprise her role as the late Queen Elizabeth, which previously earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Ahead of the launch of the sixth series next week, Ms Staunton said: ‘For the royal family and for the queen, I hope she knows how good she was at her job and she probably knew the effect she had because she had seen her father and her mother have that effect so you’ve seen it your whole life.
Imelda Staunton (pictured), who plays Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown, has said the late monarch ‘gave people such a sense of importance’ during her reign
“I don’t think she cared in any way about how she came across, what she looked like. What she wanted to do was the job that made people feel like it was an extremely important day for them, for this building, for whatever she was doing, that she was there and made people feel important and that she cared . enough to do it.”
Elsewhere, Dominic West – who plays Prince Charles in The Crown – has claimed the King is an “emotional” and “outspoken man” in private – “despite his buttoned-up appearance” in public.
His co-star Olivia Williams, 55, meanwhile praised Queen Camilla for being ‘provoked and provoked and provoked’ but ‘never being able to do it’.
Dominic, 54, said: ‘(Charles) is very emotional and he has real anger and I think he has real sadness and real compassion, and so I think he is very emotional.
‘The great thing about The Crown is that you see these public figures in private and I suspect in private he is quite emotional, well, that’s how I played him anyway.
“I’ve kind of come to the conclusion that Charles is an emotional and quite outspoken man, despite his buttoned-up appearance, which he obviously has to have in public,” the British actor concluded.
Dominic, who played Queen Elizabeth II’s son in both the fifth and sixth seasons of the Netflix hit, added that he “admires” the king — but believes the now monarch “gets a lot of support and I didn’t want any of that to add. ‘.
‘I’ve spoken to a lot of people who’ve met him, because he’s met a lot of people, he’s probably met more than anyone else except the Queen and Prince Philip. Almost everyone has extremely warm, kind things to say about him,” the actor added.
Elsewhere, Olivia, who plays Camilla, praised the royal family, saying she “deserved some credit” for being the “perfect companion of our king.”
‘There seems to be some kind of Camilla or Diana clash, while I don’t think it has to be that way. It was a terrible situation,” the British actress said.
‘It’s like a school subject: the causes of the Second World War. How did we get to a place in society where Charles ended up marrying Diana? That was just an extraordinary anomaly that was no fault of any particular person.
The British actress, 67, will reprise her role as the late Queen Elizabeth (pictured in 2011), which previously earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Elsewhere, Dominic West (pictured right) – who plays Prince Charles in The Crown – has claimed the King is an “emotional” and “outspoken man” in private – “despite his buttoned-up appearance” in public.
“But going forward, Charles and Camilla have shown that their marriage is excellent, and that she is the perfect companion for our king, and so I thought that deserved some credit, and also the fact that she really still hasn’t written — You know, where is the book, Camilla, her story, Camilla, in her words, you know?
“She’s been provoked and provoked and provoked, and never got up; she’s a better woman than me.’
Stars of The Crown also said they were reduced to tears while filming scenes surrounding Princess Diana’s death.
The Netflix series has faced backlash for choosing to dramatize the tragic events of 1997, despite executives insisting the portrayal was done with the utmost sensitivity.
Elizabeth Debicki, 33, who plays the princess, said she found filming the scenes leading up to her death “tough and very manic and incredibly invasive.”
Ahead of the launch of the sixth and final series, she said: “It was hard to recreate.
‘Sometimes it’s almost an animal reaction when you’re being chased by so many actors playing the press, because you have nowhere to go and you only have to be in that situation for about a minute before you realize that this is completely unbearable. ‘
The Australian actress said filming Diana’s last 24 hours had been “very demanding”, adding: “I think it’s going to be very interesting to see how people react to the show.”
Jonathan Pryce, 76, who plays Prince Philip, said he ‘couldn’t stop crying’ as director Christian Schwochow put together clips from the series so they could watch Diana’s death.
He added: ‘Neither could the cameraman who filmed it, nor the director who filmed it. It was an extraordinary moment. It was a reliving of waking up and listening to the radio.’
Fellow cast member Khalid Abdalla, 42, who plays Dodi Fayed, said he even walked the route of the car the couple died in in the Alma Tunnel to better “understand” what happened.
The actor said: ‘There are all kinds of things I understood about the geography of what happened that day that I didn’t understand before I did this, or until I did what I did walking all the way from the car down . to the Alma Tunnel, back and forth, to understand it.
Netflix recently released new images to promote the latest series of the hit drama, including a poster (above) showing the three actors who played Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown side by side
“It’s a huge responsibility, and I hope that when the public sees it, they feel like we’ve done a good job and appreciate how sensitive it is.” Dodi’s father Mohamed Fayed, played by Salim Daw, is seen grieving in some scenes.
Young actor Fflyn Edwards, who plays Prince Harry, amazed director Schwochow with his ability to capture the prince’s emotion in the aftermath of his mother’s death.
“For me in my directing career, seeing this 12-year-old actor surrounded by a hundred extras, a hundred film crews and all these star actors and he showed an emotion from the first take that made us all stop breathing. Mr Schwochow said.
Crown producers came under fire earlier this year when it emerged they had shot scenes of the build-up to the crash, footage of a mangled car and Diana’s coffin. The late princess will also appear as a ghost in an emotional reconciliation with a grieving Prince Charles, played by Dominic West.
In other series six storylines, Prince William tries to integrate into life at Eton in the aftermath of his mother’s death. The Queen, played by 67-year-old Imelda Staunton, reaches her Golden Jubilee and considers the future of the monarchy with the wedding of Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
Lesley Manville, 67, reprising her role as Princess Margaret, said she understood some of the criticism of the Queen’s sister as she was a “spoiled princess” who “didn’t do much to earn money”.
The first four episodes will be released on November 16 and the rest on December 14.