While the real-life royal family aren’t exactly renowned for letting their hair down, it seems their counterparts in the most recent series of The Crown didn’t struggle to cut loose quite as much.
During an interview with US talk show host Seth Meyers, Gillian Anderson – who plays Margaret Thatcher in the latest series of the Netflix drama – shared some behind the scenes footage from the set of the royal show, including the time they all recorded themselves performing a dance routine to a Lizzo track.
No, we didn’t think we’d ever see the day that Margaret Thatcher would serve actual choreo to Good As Hell, but there you have it.
Seth explained that the clip was recorded while the cast were filming a funeral scene, with Gillian saying: “Olivia [Colman] apparently does a dance class in the area that she lives with a bunch of friends, on a regular basis.
“And the last time she did the dance, they had danced to that Lizzo song, and she asked if we would happen to be interested in maybe doing it, and she would video it? And then she would just share it only with her friends, the other dancers. So it was never meant to see the light of day.”
“And yet, here we are,” Seth added, before introducing the group number, which saw most of the cast – yes even Prince Philip and the Queen Mother – getting in on the fun.
It wasn’t just busting moves that the cast used to pass the time though, with Olivia Colman previously admitting that she got most of her co-stars hooked on Naked Attraction.
“We were given our own log cabins, but I don’t like being on my own,” Olivia explained. “So I forced Marion [Bailey, who plays the Queen Mother] to let me live with her. And she’s just too polite to say no.
“And once I said to her, ‘you’ve got to watch this, it’s brilliant, you see everybody’s willies and fannies and it’s really funny’... and she looked slightly horrified. And I said, ‘well what do you do of an evening normally, Marion?’, and she said, ‘well sometimes we listen to classical music and talk about plays’. Shit, I really brought it down a notch.”
Olivia did then claim that her on-screen mum “ended up loving it”, though.
All four series of The Crown are now available to watch on Netflix.