Imelda Staunton to be last Elizabeth in TV’s ‘The Crown’


    British actress Imelda Staunton will play an older Queen Elizabeth in the final season of award-winning television series “The Crown,” the show’s creator said on Friday.

    The Netflix series about the British royal family will end after five seasons rather than the six seasons originally envisaged, writer and executive producer Peter Morgan said.

    Staunton, best known for playing the vindictive Ministry of Magic official Dolores Umbridge in the “Harry Potter” movies, will take over from Olivia Colman, who played the monarch in middle age in season three and the yet-to-be-released fourth season of “The Crown.”

    Staunton said in a statement she was “genuinely honored” to be taking “The Crown” to its conclusion.