The 2021 Emmys are about to get underway, but some of this year's winners have already celebrated. At last weekend's Creative Arts Emmys, where mainly technical awards are handed out, Netflix walked away with a myriad of prizes, including four for The Crown season 4.
One of the winners was Claire Foy, who won Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series for reprising her role as the young Queen Elizabeth for a flashback sequence. Her total screen time in the episode was less than two minutes, not counting her voiceover. This is Foy's second Emmy for the show, after winning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for season two back in 2018.
Foy's appearance in the season came as a surprise to fans, who hadn't seen her in the series since the end of season two. Season 4, episode 8, titled "48:1", opened with Foy playing then-Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday, delivering a 1947 radio address from South Africa. The flashback takes place just five years before her ascension to the throne, following the death of her father King George VI.
Olivia Colman took over from Foy after season two, and she in turn will be replaced by Imelda Staunton for the show's upcoming fifth and sixth seasons. Season 5 of The Crown is expected to launch sometime in 2022, and will feature an entirely new cast including Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Leslie Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, and Jonny Lee Miller as British Prime Minister John Major.
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