The Crown has found its young Kate Middleton and Prince William for what will be the sixth and final season of the Netflix drama.
Just last month, advertisement posted on the website Casting Talent reads "Netflix series THE CROWN, is searching for an exceptional young actor to play PRINCE WILLIAM in the next series. This is a significant role in this award-winning drama, and we are looking for a strong physical resemblance." The ad detailed that shooting will commence in early September 2022, so to apply as quickly as possible, and that no prior acting experience is required.
In early September, Netflix announced two unknown actors have been cast as William: 16-year-old Rufus Kampa will take on the role of Prince William aged 15, and 21-year-old Ed McVey will portray William in his later teenage years.
The actress playing Kate Middleton, too, was announced: 19-year-old Meg Bellamy will appear opposite McVey's William as Kate. Season six could focus on the early days of Prince William and Kate Middleton's relationship; they met at the University of St. Andrews in 2001.
Per Netflix, The Crown will mark the on-screen debut for Bellamy, McVey, and Kampa. In addition, both Kampa and Bellamy were discovered from self-submitted audition tapes following a casting call on social media.
For season five of The Crown, which will premiere this November, Dominic West is taking over the role of Prince Charles. Photos from set show young actors playing Princes William and Harry, and then Senan West, Dominic's 13-year-old son, will play an older Prince William in the later episodes of the season. As Kate Middleton doesn't enter the royal family story until William is older, she is not expected to be in season five.
There's no word yet on who will play a young Prince Harry in season six of The Crown.
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