Netflix Adds Jonny Lee Miller to 'The Crown' Season 5 in a *Major* Role

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Alert the royal guard! Netflix isn’t holding back for The Crown’s fifth season.

The streaming service just announced that Jonny Lee Miller is joining the cast of the popular series. (You probably recognize him from Hackers, Trainspotting and Elementary.) The 48-year-old actor will take on the role of John Major, a British politician who led the country from 1990 to 1997 following Margaret Thatcher (played by Gillian Anderson).

Since the season four finale concluded with—spoiler alert—Thatcher’s resignation, the new installments will likely explore Major’s career as Prime Minister of the U.K. It proved to be a pretty scandalous period for Prince Charles and Princess Diana, since they filed for divorce during this time. Oh, and how could we forget about Diana’s biographer, Andrew Morton, who published his controversial book, Diana: Her True Story?

Miller will star alongside a star-studded group in The Crown season five, which is expected to begin production this summer. Other cast members include Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth (previously played by Olivia Colman), Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret (previously played by Helena Bonham-Carter), Dominic West as Prince Charles (previously played by Josh O’Connor), Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana (previously played by Emma Corrin) and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip (previously played by Tobias Menzies).

The Crown originally premiered back in 2016, but it starred a totally different cast. Due to the time jumps in the show’s story line, Netflix had to recast the characters every few seasons to maintain consistency. Although the fifth installment will be one of the show’s last, we have no doubt it’ll deliver.

Pleased to meet you, Jonny Lee Miller. *Curtsies*

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