The Crown season 5 will see Queen Mother portrayed by Marcia Warren

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The beginning of the end is in sight for The Crown as its penultimate series will soon be released. Season five is making its way to Netflix on Wednesday, November 9, giving an insight into the Royal Family during the 1990s. While much focus will be on the next generation of the royals, there are still the older relatives’ lives to look into as well in these upcoming episodes.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Crown.

Who plays the Queen Mother in The Crown season 5?

The Queen Mother has been with Queen Elizabeth II every step of the way, from her becoming the head of the monarchy, to the everyday rulings of England.

In the first two series of the period drama, this part was taken on by actress Victoria Hamilton who has starred in BBC’s Life, COBRA and The Trick in recent years.

As with the rest of the cast, Hamilton was replaced for seasons three and four to keep up with the ageing of the Royal Family.

Actress Marion Bailey, 71, was the next star to step into the Queen Mother’s shoes.

Fans may best recognise her from films including All or Nothing, Vera Drake, Persuasion, Mr Turner and The Therapist, just to name a few.

Most recently, Bailey has been in Drømmeren, Tommies and This is Going to Hurt on BBC One.

Series five will once again see another star take over the part and this time, it will be actress Marcia Warren.

The actress won two Olivier Awards for her stage roles in 1984’s Stepping Out and the 2002 drama play, Humble Boy at the Royal National Theatre.

Regarding her onscreen roles, Warren has appeared in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Quacks, Inside No.9, Don’t Forget the Driver, Not Going Out and Agatha Raisin.

Lifelong Coronation Street fans may also remember when she featured in the ITV soap as the school friend of Audrey Roberts (played by Sue Nichols), Gladys Braithwaite.

Warren was announced to be joining the cast of the Netflix drama last year and was seen filming the series in the summer, alongside some of her co-stars.

It isn’t clear though what part the Queen Mother is going to play in the fifth series.

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She most likely will be there, reacting to some of the big changes in the Royal Family, including the divorce of then-Princes Charles (Dominic West) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki).

In a 2021 Channel 5 documentary called The Queen Mother: Grandmother to the Nation, which aired Saturday on Channel 5, her thoughts on the split were revealed.

Royal author Tom Quinn stated that she didn’t understand why her grandson couldn’t continue his affair with the now Queen Consort and stay married.

Her views are likely to be expressed in the fifth season when it is released on Netflix.

Warren will be joined by Harry Potter star Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II during this period.

The Duke of Edinburgh is going to be portrayed by Jonathan Pryce, King Charles III by The Affair’s Dominic West and The Great Gatsby’s Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana.

Other cast members include Olivia Williams, Lesley Manville, Senan West and Jonny Lee Miller.

The Crown season 5 premieres on Wednesday, November 9, on Netflix.

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