Towards the end of last year, it was revealed that Bafta-winner Olivia would succeed Claire Foy in the royal role, portraying the Queen as she enters middle age.
On Monday, Netflix shared the first photo of Olivia in character, tweeting a picture of her portrayal of the Queen drinking tea, alongside the word “patience”.
Olivia will lead a new cast when the third series of ‘The Crown’ begins streaming next year, including ‘Outlander’ and ‘Black Mirror’ star Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, roles which bagged their successors, Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby, nominations at this year’s Emmys.
Claire Foy has also been nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series.
After being announced for the role, Olivia admitted she was “full of fear” at the thought of succeeding Claire Foy, who has won near-unanimous praise for her portrayal of the Queen, claiming: “You don’t want to be the one who screws it up.”
Despite winning critical acclaim for its two series so far, ‘The Crown’ faced its share of bad press earlier this year, when it emerged that Claire Foy had been paid less than co-star Matt Smith when she first signed up for the show, despite her role being the biggest.
Producers at the time put this down to Matt having been a bigger star at the time, thanks to his tenure as the lead in ‘Doctor Who’, though they later issued a public apology.
Speaking back in April, Claire said on the subject: “It’s really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I’m allowed to stand up for myself about.
“And I think that’s really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It’s been only a positive thing - even though, embarrassing.”
Filming is now underway for the third series of ‘The Crown’, which is expected to begin streaming next year.