Why Helena Bonham Carter will make the perfect Princess Margaret in The Crown Season 3

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Helena Bonham Carter attends the '55 Steps' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 15, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Helena Bonham Carter attends the '55 Steps' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 15, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) /
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Helena Bonham Carter will officially play Princess Margaret in The Crown Season 3. The casting is perfect for the queen’s sister, especially opposite Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies.

It’s a star-studded cast for The Crown Season 3. For those who aren’t in the loop, the Netflix series will see all actors replaced. This was always the plan from the start, so it’s got nothing to do with the pay disputes and complaints. While Elizabeth and Philip’s new actors were officially named earlier this year, the woman playing Princess Margaret has been in question.

Helena Bonham Carter was rumored to take on the role and now those rumors have officially been confirmed. We’ll see her step into the role of a princess in a season that is set to be important for this member of the royal family.

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Bonham Carter has, time and time again, proven her abilities. Whether you know her from Harry Potter as the awesomely crazy Bellatrix or as the impassioned Edith Ellyn in Suffragette, this is an actress who puts her heart and soul into every performance she does. She embodies every character and this is something that will definitely be needed for Princess Margaret.

Plus, the series needed someone who could follow on from the invigorating performance from Vanessa Kirkby. It is going to be hard to replace her image for Margaret in The Crown, but fortunately, Bonham Carter is an actress who can pick up on nuances and take the previous actors’ quirks for the character to bring them to life again.

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The Crown — Alex Bailey / Netflix — Acquired via Netflix Media Center
The Crown — Alex Bailey / Netflix — Acquired via Netflix Media Center /

She’s portrayed the Royal Family before

One role that will always stand out for Bonham Carter is that of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Yes, she played the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech, opposite Colin Firth as King George VI. This was another role she embodied, bringing sympathy and respect to the late queen consort and matriarch of the family.

Stepping into the shoes of a royal shouldn’t daunt her, although Princess Margaret was a far more formidable woman than her mother at times. If anyone can do it with respect and grace, Bonham Carter has proven it already.

The Crown — Alex Bailey / Netflix — Acquired via Netflix Media Center
The Crown — Alex Bailey / Netflix — Acquired via Netflix Media Center /

It’s an important season for Princess Margaret

The Crown Season 2 hinted at the things to come this season. We’ll see Princess Margaret and her husband, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, teeter on the edges of divorce. Season 3 is supposed to end in 1976, which will be two years from their divorce. However, we’ll likely see all the marital problems play out.

Bonham Carter will stick around for Season 4. The casting changes are every two years, so she’ll also have the full marriage breakdown and divorce to play out, including how the public learned and what journalists wrote about it.

Next: The Crown: Everything we know about Season 3

So far I’m looking forward to all the casting changes. Tobias Menzies is one of my favorite actors on TV, while Helena Bonham Carter remains one of my favorite actresses of all time. The Crown Season 3 is one I’m excited to see. Now if only I didn’t have to wait until potentially 2019.

Are you excited about the new casting? What do you think about the changing of actors? Will you tune in for The Crown Season 3? Share your thoughts in the comments below.