Royal historian takes aim at The Crown and Olivia Colman’s portrayal of Queen

She has a cheeky smile, and a mischievous glint in her eyes…

Which is why Olivia Colman’s portrayal of the Queen is unrealistic, royal historian Hugo Vickers says.

Hugo, who has written a book debunking inaccuracies on The Crown, reckons the most recent Netflix series suffered because he thinks the Oscar-winner has portrayed the Queen as unlikeable and “sulky”.

He says: “I think Claire Foy was terribly good as the Queen – I’m not sure it works quite so well this time.

“She has a very cheeky smile, Olivia Colman, so in order to disguise this she is always looking rather sulky.


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“If you didn’t know about the Queen you might not like the Queen so much this series watching her portrayal.”

Producers contacted Hugo to request assistance with historical accuracies, but he brands the show “awful”.

“They are beautifully made, well acted, lavishly produced – and dishonest,” he says.

“They pervert the truth.”


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The upcoming series, filming now, will chronicle Prince Charles’ relationship with Diana.

The final fifth series, starring Imelda Staunton, will bring viewers into the turn of the century.

Hugo was speaking at the launch of Blenheim Palace’s Let’s Misbehave exhibition, celebrating the era of The 9th Duke of Marlborough and second wife Gladys Deacon – the subject of Hugo’s new book, The Sphinx.

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