Jonny Lee Miller To Play PM John Major On ‘The Crown’ Next Season
Jonny Lee Miller is joining the cast of the historical drama series The Crown on the Netflix streaming service. The Crown focuses on the history of the British royal family through each decade from the 1940s to the 2010s. The show particularly centers on the reign of the current Queen of England Elizabeth II (Claire Foy and Olivia Colman). He is best known for appearing in the films Trainspotting in 1996, Afterglow in 1997, Mansfield Park in 1999, The Flying Scotsman in 2006 and as the title character in the legal comedy-drama television series Eli Stone. Miller will portray Sir John Major, the leader of the Conservative Party who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997, succeeding Margaret Thatcher and preceding Tony Blair.
The fifth season of The Crown will be the penultimate season of the show, with the sixth season being confirmed to close out the series as it takes place in the 2010s. Miller is one of the many notable actors who will join the cast of The Crown. In addition to Miller joining the cast, Jonathan Pryce will portray Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh and the late husband of Queen Elizabeth II. Like with the previous two seasons, a large number of actors will replace the people who played the historical figures in the fourth season. Imelda Staunton will take over from Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, Lesley Manville will replace Helena Bonham Carter as the sister of the queen Princess Margaret, Olivia Williams will replace Emerald Fennell as Camilla Parker Bowles, while Elizabeth Debicki will portray Princess Diana, taking over from Emma Corrin who played the late Princess of Wales in the previous season.
Production of The Crown season 5 is expected to begin this summer and air sometime later this year.
Miller’s ex, Angelina Jolie, has recently been seen coming in and out of his L.A. apartment after the breakup of her marriage to Brad Pitt.