An unknown actress has landed her first professional acting role playing Kate Middleton in Netflix’s The Crown.
Meg Bellamy, 19, submitted self-taped auditions in response to a social media casting request, and she was awarded her first job.
Both Ed McVey, 21, and Rufus Kampa, 16, who play Prince William, are making their professional cinematic debuts. The sixth and last season of the show, which starts filming this fall, will feature all three stars.
The award-winning semi-fictional drama’s cancelation by Netflix had already been reported. However, after realizing a sixth season was required to “do justice to the richness and complexity of the story,” writer Peter Morgan had a change of heart.
The new cast members join a distinguished group of actors who have portrayed members of the Royal Family in the drama, including Matt Smith and Oscar-winner Olivia Colman. Up to the early 2000s, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign will be covered in season six along with the events that followed the death of the Princess of Wales.
Bellamy Will Portray Teenage Kate Middleton
Bellamy will portray a teenage Kate Middleton studying in Scotland at St. Andrews University, where she first met Prince William in 2001 before eventually becoming the Duchess of Cambridge.
According to the Daily Telegraph, she is thought to have learned about the role just a few months after graduating from Berkshire’s school.
While McVey portrays the prince in his later adolescent years, Kampa will portray a young Prince William in episodes that depict how the family dealt with Princess Diana‘s passing.
Kampa has a lot of theater experience, having performed in roles at the Waterloo East Theatre, Wycombe Swan, and more. He played the lead in Sue Townsend’s musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾. He will enroll in Tring Park School for Performing Arts in September, which boasts alumni the likes of Dame Julie Andrews and Daisy Ridley from Star Wars.
The fifth season, which will include four actors portraying Prince William and Prince Harry at various ages, will premiere on Netflix in November.
With the help of many actors playing prominent royals at various points in their life, The Crown partially fictionalizes significant historical events that occurred during Queen Elizabeth II‘s lengthy reign.
In the first and second seasons, Claire Foy played a young Queen during the early years of her reign, and in the third and fourth seasons, Olivia Colman played the queen.
Prince Harry Describes the Show as ”Fictional” but ”Loosely Based On The Truth”
The Duchess of Sussex’s husband, Prince Harry, who has a production agreement with Netflix, has previously said the drama is “fictional” but “loosely based on the truth.”
The Duke spoke last year about the show. “Of course, it’s not strictly accurate,” he said.
“It gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle [is like with] the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else…what can come from that,” he revealed.
Golden Globes, Emmys, and BAFTAs are just a few of the awards that The Crown has been nominated for and received.
Every two seasons, the cast is switched up to reflect the royals in various eras.