The Crown casts Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles in new series
1st May 2021

Olivia Williams has been cast to play Camilla Parker Bowles in the new series of The Crown.

The 52-year-old will take over from Emerald Fennell in the hit Netflix show after she played Prince Charles' friend who later became his lover since the third season.

Olivia, known for her roles in HBO Max series The Nevers and The Ghost Writer, will start the role a year after she had a rare cancer tumour removed.

Olivia battled with doctors for four years to convince them she was potentially seriously ill and it was later found she had a rare pancreatic cancer tumour.

The actress has spoken about her love of acting in the past.

She told The Stage: "I’ve always had the most tremendous energy for work, and that hasn’t changed… My happiest moments from the past year were those times when theatres needed some actors to read through a few plays.

"I did an intense workshop at the Donmar Warehouse in which we read five classic plays in four days, and practically cried with gratitude. I realised how much I love my job. It is my lifeblood.”

Netflix is still looking for someone to play Prince Andrew in the fifth series, even after advertising the role online.

Bosses deny they have been "struggling" to fill the slot on the popular show.

The Duke of York stepped back from his royal duties following being scrutinised over his close relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

TV chiefs are still hunting for an actor aged between 30 and 40 to play Prince Andrew.

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Elizabeth Debicki has also been cast to play Princess Diana as well as Imedla Staunton for Queen Elizabeth.

The Crown's team said it was "normal practice for productions" to advertise in Spotlight.

A spokesperson said: “There is absolutely no struggle to cast any role for season five of The Crown and it is normal practice for productions to advertise in Spotlight.”

Actor Tom Byrne played Prince Andrew in the fourth series.

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