The first image Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix series The Crown has been released.
The actress, 44, is seen posing in an elegant pink jacket and with a tea cup in hand, as she transforms into the famous Royal for one of her first appearances on the show’s third series.
The Broadchurch star is taking over the lead role from Claire Foy, as the show’s time setting moves along to follow the monarch’s rule across the 1960s and 1970s.
Leading lady: The first image Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix series The Crown has been revealed
Olivia certainly embodies the famous monarch in the image – clad in a smart pale pink jacket and a string of pearls.
Sporting the trademark crop of curls and poised with a tea cup in hand, the actress proves to be taking to the regal role with ease, as she prepares for her debut on the forthcoming series.
The official Twitter page for The Crown shared the image to fans’ delight on Monday, simply captioned: ‘Patience’.
New girl in town: Olivia, who is also known for her roles in Peep Show and The Night Manager, was confirmed to be playing Queen Elizabeth II in October (pictured in November 2017)
Moving on: The Broadchurch star (L) is taking over the lead role from Claire Foy (R), as the show’s time setting moves along to follow the monarch’s rule across the 1960s and 1970s
Olivia, who is also known for her roles in Peep Show and The Night Manager, was confirmed to be playing Queen Elizabeth II in October.
She is taking over the role from Claire Foy, 34, who played the same role in the show’s first and second seasons in 2016 and 2017.
Ahead of the start of filming in July, the Norfolk-born star revealed she had been busy mastering the monarch’s plummy accent, with a little help from her predecessor.
First in line: Claire starred as Queen Elizabeth II in the show’s first and second seasons, alongside Matt Smith as Prince Phillip (back)
Speaking to The Sun, the award-winning actress admitted: ‘I’m really nervous to take over something that’s been so great — it’s scary.
‘They’re giving me a great voice coach who will make sure I speak like the Queen. So I’ll just learn the lines and try and copy exactly what they do.’
Olivia added that Claire has already offered to lend a hand, revealing: ‘Claire Foy has let me know I can call if I need to.’
Getting to work: Ahead of the start of filming in July, Olivia revealed she had been busy mastering the monarch’s plummy accent with help from predecessor Claire (pictured in June)
‘Honoured’: Meanwhile Claire has had nothing but praise for Olivia, stating after her casting: ‘I admire her so much and the idea that we sort of will be doing the same job’ (pictured in 2016)
Meanwhile Claire has been gushing in her praise of Olivia, who will take over the role for the next two seasons.
She said after her casting: ‘I just love her, I admire her so much and the idea that we sort of will be doing the same job but not actually working together is just enough, I’m honoured by that.’
On whether she had any advice for Colman, she added: ‘The only thing I would say is take vitamins and get lots of sleep.’
Main man: Olivia will be starring alongside Tobias Menzies, who has been cast to play Prince Phillip (pictured in March 2017)
Showing him the ropes: Tobias (L) is taking over the role from Claire’s co-star, Matt Smith (R)
Olivia will be starring alongside Tobias Menzies, who will take over the role of Prince Phillip from Matt Smith.
According to Deadline, the 44-year-old actor, who has starred in Game Of Thrones and Outlander, was chosen for the role after Paul Bettany dropped out during early talks.
They are joined on the star-studded cast list by Helena Bonham Carter, who will star as Princess Margaret, Jason Watkins as former Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and Josh O’Connor, who will play an older Prince Charles.
The group will follow in their predecessor’s footsteps and play the Royal couple for two seasons before the cast will change once again, in order to portray the characters accurately as they age.
The first season of The Crown was one of the most critically acclaimed dramas of 2016 – winning two Golden Globes and two SAG awards, and being nominated for four BAFTAs and five Emmys.
The show has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, with the first 10 episodes costing at least £100million to produce – making the show the most expensive drama produced by Netflix to date.