Veteran English actor Jonathan Pryce has become next in line to play Prince Philip in the final two seasons of hit royal drama The Crown.

The actor, who won a whole new audience when he played The High Sparrow on the HBO fantasy epic Game of Thrones, succeeds Tobias Menzies and Matt Smith as the Duke of Edinburgh, and will star opposite Imelda Staunton, who was recently named as The Throne's new Queen Elizabeth II, replacing Olivia Colman.

It’s also been revealed that Lesley Manville will be joining the cast of the Nextflix drama as Princess Margaret for the final two series.

Pryce has won two Tony Awards during his long career, and was also been nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 2019’s The Two Popes.

Netflix recently confirmed that a sixth and final series of The Crown is being planned.

 "News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five!" Netflix said.  

Writer and creator Peter Morgan added: 'As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.

"So to summarise - we’ll have one more season with Queen Olivia Colman, before she passes the crown to Imelda Staunton. ‘We’re just half way through! Lovely."