Read The Crown Cast’s Emotional Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II’s “Dignity and Grace”

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last week, the production of the sixth and final season of The crown came to a break. Peter Morgan, creator of the Netflix drama about the Queen’s life and reign, described the series as “a love letter to her” and confirmed that filming would end out of respect, in line with a long-established plan. date on what would happen if the Queen were to pass away during filming.

In the meantime, the actors of the series have publicly paid tribute. Olivia Colman, who played the queen in the show’s third and fourth seasons, opened up about her legacy during an interview with Variety. Asked about the Queen’s impact, Colman admitted: “I wouldn’t know where to begin. She made a promise as a young woman and she absolutely delivered on it with such dignity. We are all incredibly in awe of what she did.”

Claire Foy, who originated the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the show’s first two seasons, also spoke about herself during an appearance at the Toronto Film Festival. “I think she was an amazing monarch,” Foy told the BBC (via Metro). “She united people and she was a huge symbol of continuity and dignity and grace. My main feeling is just thinking of her as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, really, and I’m very honored to have been a teenager – a very small part of her story.”

In the same interview with Variety, Colman was also asked about King Charles III, who made his maiden speech to the British public this week. “From a British point of view, he did it so well,” she said. “He did it about love, tolerance and gentleness, and that’s what she always wanted and she did. From the outside world looking at Britain, by right now we have comedy happening on one side – politics – and something so dignified. I felt proud to be British. I think he’s going to do a good job.

Imelda Staunton will take over the lead role of Queen Elizabeth in the upcoming fifth season of The crownwhich will launch on Netflix later this fall, and filming for the sixth season has reportedly resumed.

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