The Crown has a wealth of historical people to feature across its seasons as it follows the tumultuous lives of the younger royals. This has led the series to play host to a number of impressive cameos across its first two seasons on Netflix. Express.co.uk has rounded up some of the best turns from famous faces in the hit show.
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In one of the most memorable episodes of The Crown, President Kennedy and his wife Jackie (played by Jodi Balfour) head to Buckingham Palace.
Michael C Hall plays the iconic leader with suave intensity in the episode that sees the Queen become jealous of Jackie Kennedy.
The actor spoke to Entertainment Weekly about playing the role: “It’s basically a sketch — I’m there momentarily here and there — but it took some risks in terms of how and what it was depicting.
“And I was excited in this day and age to give a speech that a lot of people in the states would crave to hear from a leader.”
Hall is perhaps best known for playing the serial killer lead in Dexter, as well as David Fisher in Six Feet Under.
Kate Phillips – Venetia Scott
Peaky Blinders actor Kate Phillips played Venetia Scott in the first season of The Crown.
The character was a young secretary who begins working for Winston Churchill (John Lithgow).
However, she tragically died in the Great Smog of 1952 when she was run over by a bus as she headed to Downing Street.
The death is key in spurring Churchill on to make a move on the deadly impact of smog in London.
Aside from The Crown and Peaky Blinders, Phillips also had a starring role in Wolf Hall as Jane Seymour.
Matthew Goode – Tony Armstrong-Jones
While he may not have been in many episodes of the hit series, Matthew Goode made an impression as Princess Margaret’s (Vanessa Kirby) future husband Tony Armstrong-Jones.
Goode is best known appearing in Downton Abbey as Henry Talbot, as well as in a number of films including The Imitation Game and Leap Year.
Viewers were first introduced to his character at the end of season two when his and Margaret’s relationship began to develop.
He was best known as a British photographer and filmmaker before he went on to become Margaret’s husband from 1960 until 1978.
The role will be picked up in the upcoming third season of The Crown by Ben Daniels.
Stephen Dillane – Graham Sutherland
Stephen Dillane played English artist Graham Sutherland in one episode of the show back in season one.
He is the artist who paints Churchill in a portrait commissioned for his 80th birthday.
Viewers will remember that the Prime Minister hates the finished painting and has it was seemingly destroyed.
Dillane is best known for playing Stannis Baratheon in the HBO series Game of Thrones, as well as appearing in films like Darkest Hour and Spy Game.
Anna Chancellor – Lady Rosse
Lady Rosse was played by Anna Chancellor in one episode of The Crown season two.
Also known as Anne Parsons, Lady Rosse was the mother of Tony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode) who becomes Margaret’s husband.
Fans will remember her as his slightly stern mother who pushes her son towards a match with Margaret.
Chancellor has appeared in a number of major films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The Crown season 3 returns to Netflix on November 17.