Netflix has confirmed on Twitter that Tobias Menzies will play Queen Elizabeth’s husband in the upcoming third season of the show.
As it was announced earlier this year, the new season of Netflix’s acclaimed show The Crown will see a change of cast and after months of speculation, we finally know who is going to replace Matt Smith in the role of Prince Philip.
Tobias Menzies, 44, is famous for playing Frank Randall and his ancestor Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall in Starz’ historical time travel drama Outlander, which had him nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor in a Series back in 2016.
The English actor will share the spotlight with actresses Olivia Colman, who will replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth, and Helena Bonham-Carter, who will play Princess Margaret in place of Vanessa Kirby.
As reported by The Independent, the change in the cast was decided by series creator Peter Morgan to portray more realistic middle-aged characters.
A few names had been named for the role since the beginning of the year. Paul Bettany had to refuse because of his work schedule and according to the BBC, Hugh Laurie had been contacted too.
This is a busy moment for Menzies, who has played Edmure Tully in HBO’s Game of Thrones and is starring in the upcoming adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic novella “Carmilla”. He will also be seen in Ridley Scott’s horror series The Terror.