The former Sherlock Holmes of television is officially royalty – or rather, adjacent royalty.
Jonny Lee Miller, who played the eccentric sleuth at the center of CBS’s longtime procedural elementary, has been cast as Prime Minister John Major in season 5 of The Crown., Netflix announced on Friday.
Major was Prime Minister and Leader of the British Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997. Prior to that, he was Chancellor of the Exchequer and Margaret Thatcher’s Foreign Minister from 1987 to 1990.
Miller joins an ever-evolving ensemble that is expected to include Imelda Staunton (the Harry Potter films) as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread) as of Princess Margaret and Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager) as Princess Diana. Dominic West (The Affair) was also reportedly chosen to play Prince Charles.
Season 4 of The Crown bowed in November and featured Gillian Anderson as the aforementioned Thatcher and newcomer Emma Corrin as young Diana Spencer. Season 5, meanwhile, is expected to dramatize Charles and Diana’s divorce in 1996 and Di’s tragic death in 1997, and air in 2022. It will be followed by a sixth and final season.
In addition to the aforementioned Elementary, Miller starred in ABC’s Eli Stone and as Jordan Chase in Showtime’s Dexter season 5. Across the Pond, he appeared in EastEnders and Prime Suspect. Film credits include Trainspotting, Afterglow, Endgame, The Flying Scotsman, and Mansfield Park.
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