Emma Corrin continued her busy filming schedule for series four of The Crown on Wednesday, shooting scenes in Winchester.
The unknown actress has won the role of Diana, Princess of Wales in the fourth series of Peter Morgan’s Netflix drama, and has been shooting scenes around Europe for the past three months.
Wednesday saw the cast and crew at Winchester Cathedral as they filmed scenes for what appeared to be a recreation of Diana and Prince Charles’ final wedding rehearsal at St Pauls Cathedral in 1981.
On set: Emma Corrin continued her busy filming schedule for series four of The Crown on Wednesday, shooting scenes in Winchester
Emma, 24, channeled the princess-to-be in a beige rain coat over a blue patterned dress for the shoot with white court shoes and a wig styled into Diana’s signature short blonde style
The dress was a near match for the ensemble worn by a then 20-year-old Diana during the final rehearsal ahead of her July 1981 wedding.
The young actress looked full, of confidence as she strolled around the set with her makeup team.
The day before Emma’s co-stars Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, who play Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret were at Winchester to film the funeral of Lord Mountbatten, after he was killed by a bomb hidden on his fishing boat in Ireland in 1979.
Rehearsal: Emma filmed scenes for what appeared to be a recreation of Diana and Prince Charles’ final wedding rehearsal at St Pauls Cathedral in July 1981 (pictured right)
Winchester again stood in for St Pauls, the actual location of Lord Mountbatten’s funeral in September 1979.
Diana recalled in a video made by her voice coach Peter Settelen in the nineties how she watched on TV as Charles walked behind the coffin at the funeral of his beloved uncle.
She had known Charles since she was a child but it was 10 months later that she met him for the first time as a young woman.
She later recalled sympathising with the Prince over the death of Moutbatten, telling Settelen: ‘I said, “You must be so lonely?” And I said, “It’s pathetic watching you walking up the aisle at St Paul’s with Lord Mountbatten’s coffin in front”. I said, “You know it’s ghastly. You need someone beside you”.’
Princess: Emma, 24, channeled the princess-to-be in a beige rain coat over a blue patterned dress for the shoot with white court shoes and a wig styled into Diana’s signature short style
Wedding bells: Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles pictured at their final wedding rehearsal in 1981. The fourth series of The Crown is thought to be set in 1977-1990
‘Urgh!! Wrong word! Whereupon he leapt upon me and started kissing me and everything.
‘And I thought, “Waaaaah, you know. This is not what people do”. And he was all over me for the rest of the evening, following me everywhere, everything. (Like) a puppy.
It’s thought The Crown series four will pick up in 1977 and run through to 1990 – and will also prominently feature the relationship and eventual marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
Diana married Charles in 1981, and the couple welcomed sons William and Harry in the following years.
After separating in 1991, the couple divorced in 1997, but Diana remained a much loved member of the Royal Family, thanks to her significant humanitarian work in the UK and abroad.
New addition to the cast: The young actress looked full, of confidence as she strolled around the vast set
Star: Emma joked with members of the security team and was joined by a runner and her makeup artist during the walk from her trailer to the cathedral
The country came to a standstill on August 31st 1997, when Diana was killed in car accident in France. She was 36 years old.
Emma’s casting was announced in April 2019, with The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan calling her ‘a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer.’
‘As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation.’
The previously unknown actress was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and lives with her family in Sevenoaks, including younger brothers Richard, 20, and Charles, 17.
Praise: Emma’s casting was announced in April 2019, with The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan calling her ‘a brilliant talent’
Mother Juliette works as a speech and language therapist while her father Christopher is a businessman. Emma recently graduated from Cambridge University, studying education with English and drama at St John’s College.
Previously she went to the Woldingham School in Surrey, a private Catholic boarding and day school where fees cost around £36,000 a year.
In a statement responding to the news, the actress said: ‘I have been glued to the show and to think I’m joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal. Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring.
‘To explore her through Peter’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice.’
Huge role: Morgan has said of Emma: ‘As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman’
Busy schedule: Emma has been filming her scenes since last Autumn, travelling around the UK and to Spain, which has stood in for Australia
Major role: So far Emma has appeared in a handful of small acting roles, including an episode of the 1960s detective drama Grantchester, and the film Misbehaviour
Co-star: There was no sign of Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles on set on Wednesday. The actor has praised Emma as ‘doing an extraordinary job’ during filming
So far Emma has appeared in a handful of small acting roles, including an episode of the 1960s detective drama Grantchester, and the film Misbehaviour.
It’s thought The Crown series four will pick up in 1977 and run through to 1990 – during which time the pair met, married, and had their sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
Josh O’Connor has already been seen in the role of Prince Charles, with series three following his romance and heartbreak with Camilla Shand, played by Emerald Fennell.
Sad: Helena Bonham Carter (left) and Olivia Colman (right) were filming at Winchester on Tuesday for scenes depicting Lord Mounbatten’s funeral
Marriage: Josh O’Connor has already been seen in the role of Prince Charles, with series three following his romance and heartbreak with Camilla Shand
Speaking to The Wrap in November, Josh praised his new onscreen love interest Emma, gushing: ‘I obviously won’t go into exactly what we’re doing, but we’re shooting Season 4 at the moment and Emma’s doing an extraordinary job.’
Returning alongside Josh for another series of the Netflix hit are Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth, Tobias Menzie as the Duke of Edinburgh, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Erin Doherty as Princess Anne.
The show picked up another award on Sunday evening, as Helena, Josh and Erin accepted the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series on behalf of the cast.
In the acceptance speech Helena revealed the trio had dashed over to Los Angeles for the awards, but would be back on set on Monday to resume filming.
The Crown series four will be available on Netflix later this year.
Monarch: Olivia Colman resumes her role as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the fourth series
Old face: Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret for the third and fourth series, taking over the role from Vanessa Kirby
Transformed: Tobias Menzies plays Prince Philip, taking over playing the character from Doctor Who star Matt Smith