When Netflix released The Crown in 2016, the world unexpectedly turned royalist again, enraptured by the series' sophisticated portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in their early years.
With the original cast—including Claire Foy, Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby—leaving the show to make way for the next generation of actors, who will portray the royal family in the '60s and '70s, the hype around the cult show is only set to continue.
The trailer for season four (including your first look at Emma Corrin as Princess Diana) has recently been released ahead of the November 2020 drop. In the meantime, we're doing a deep dive on the romantic relationships of the series' actors.
From Matt Smith to Vanessa Kirby, these are the real life partners of the stars of The Crown—all seasons.
Olivia Colman, who picked up where Claire Foy left off as Queen Elizabeth II in seasons three and four of The Crown, met her husband, Ed Sinclar, when they were both 20, starring in a play together in London. She has since said she fell in love with him at first sight: "[I thought] that's the bloke I'm going to marry... for me it was thunderbolts straight away." Colman and Sinclair have three children together.
Tobias Menzies, who plays Prince Philip in seasons three and four, is best known for his appearance in Outlander. Despite being in the public eye for quite some time, little is known about his private life, apart from the fact he briefly dated Oscar-winning actress Kristin Scott Thomas in 2005.
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Helena Bonham Carter played Princess Margaret in The Crown. The actress began a relationship with director Tim Burton in 2001, with the pair welcoming two children in 2003 and 2007 respectively. In 2014 Bonham Carter and Burton revealed they had separated. The usually-private actress spoke to Harper's BAZAAR about the separation, saying: "With divorce, you go through massive grief—it is a death of a relationship, so it's utterly bewildering. Your identity, everything, changes."
Josh O'Connor joined the cast as 'The Firm' as Prince Charles in season three. As of right now, he doesn't appear to be linked to anyone.
Emerald Fennell who was cast as Camilla Shand, later Camilla Parker Bowles (and even later Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall), is currently dating director Chris Vernon. According to The Sun, the pair live in Los Angeles together and are expecting their first child.
Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in seasons one and two of The Crown, married fellow actor Stephen Campbell Moore in 2014, who she met while filming Season of the Witch in 2011. Foy gave birth to their daughter, Ivy Rose, in March 2015, later revealing she auditioned for The Crown while heavily pregnant. In January this year it was revealed that Moore was battling a brain tumour, his second in a decade. A month late the couple announced their separation, revealing they had been separated for "some time".
Matt Smith, who portrays Prince Philip, dated Baby Driver and Mamma Mia 2 star Lily James from 2014, when they met on the set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In 2018 reports emerged that the pair were engaged, after James attended the BAFTAs with a sizable diamond on her ring finger. However, according to The Daily Mail, recent paparazzi photos look to prove that Smith is now single.
Vanessa Kirby, who burst onto the scene with her portrayal of a young, chain-smoking Princess Margaret, has reportedly been dating boyfriend War and Peace actor Callum Turner for more than two years. Kirby keeps her private life under-the-radar, but according to The Daily Mail, she and Turner have recently split.
Matthew Goode, who appeared in season two as fashion photographer and Princess Margaret's husband, Anthony Armstrong Jones (AKA Lord Snowdon), began dating Sophie Dymoke in 2005, with the pair marrying in 2014. They share three children, daughters Matilda, Teddie and a son Ralph.
Greg Wise, who portrayed Prince Philip's polarising uncle, Lord Mountbatten, in seasons one and two of The Crown, married Oscar-winning actress and writer Emma Thompson in 2003. The pair met on the set of Sense and Sensibility in 1995 (Thompson won the Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for the film the following year), and married in 2003. Their daughter, Gaia, was born in 1998.