The 65-year-old actress is following on from Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, but says she has an ‘extra challenge’ playing a recent version as it will be fresh in the audiences mind.
Speaking to The Sun, Imelda said: ‘When Claire was in the first series, to all of us that felt like history. Then following on from that with Olivia, again it seems like history.
‘Now we start in 1991 playing someone much more recent. That’s the extra challenge I have, people saying, “Oh, I don’t think she’s like that at all”‘.
Many members of the series four cast have also joked that they won’t be giving any advice to their successors.
Oscar-winning actress Olivia said recently: ‘I haven’t spoken to Imelda and I wouldn’t dare offer any advice about playing the Queen.
‘Imelda is extraordinary and she’s going to do it all much better than me. I can’t wait to watch what she does.’
While Josh, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Charles, also appeared to confirm his successor is The Affair star Dominic West – and joked he’d ‘laugh him off’ if the 51-year-old approached him for advice in an interview with GQ.
He said: ‘Playing that character has brought me a lot of joy. But it’s lovely to come away and go, “Great. Now hand it over to Dominic West” … But if Dominic West came to me asking me for advice, I’d laugh him off. I’d be like, “Dom! You’re Dominic West!”‘
Action packed: The fourth series of The Crown, which premiered last November, shows Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while maintaining his affair with the then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles (pictured Corrin and Josh O’Connor in The Crown)
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