Claire Foy is of course the star of Netflix’s royal drama The Crown

In which she plays Queen Elizabeth II alongside ex-Doctor Who lead Matt Smith as Prince Philip.

You may remember that back in November it was made public that plans were in place for the pair to step down from playing the main parts in the show – and going on what Foy has to say about the matter now, she thinks the short two-season tenure is a positive.

There is good reason behind the recasting of the monarchical main characters, in that the show is extending the scope of its storylines to a time where Foy and Smith’s youthful looks won’t fit the bill – and instead of piling of age-alluding prosthetics, new actors are being brought in.

And now Foy is joking about the “substitution” during a panel at the BFI & Radio Times Festival this weekend, saying (via Radio Times): “That’s it, I’m on the bench. I’m not even on the bench – I’m just in a different team on my own, unemployed! We’re gone, we’re gone.

“That’s not a shock – we always knew when we signed up to it, and also not to be funny but it’s also a real plus,” she added.

“As an actor there’s nothing worse than the sound of ‘seven years’. I’m sure to some people it sounds amazing but to us it’s like, seven years of playing the same person? And this is a tough job, you know?

“It’s long, a good nine-monther. And that’s a lot of your life that you sign over to it.”

Foy finished by saying how once someone else inherits the throne on the show, that she will have fond memories of her reign and looks forward to see how her successor fares.

“I’m going to miss it terribly. But I just can’t wait to see where it goes, I just can’t wait.”

The Crown is streaming on Netflix, with season two expected to be added around November.

Swati Sharma

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