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Thursday 12th December 2019

Olivia Colman transforms into the Queen for The Crown

Olivia as Her Majesty

Olivia Colman is now one of the country's biggest, best-loved and most versatile stars.

From Broadchurch to Fleabag, to an Oscar-winning turn in The Favourite, there's seemingly nothing that Olivia, 45, can't do.

Now she has stunned fans with yet another transformation - as Queen Elizabeth II in the forthcoming Netflix series, The Crown.

Olivia Colman as the Queen (Credit: Netflix)

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Olivia takes on the iconic role of the Queen in series three of the hit drama, which is set to be released by the streaming giant in November.

Previously Claire Foy turned in an award-winning performance as Her Majesty, but now it's Olivia's turn to take on the royal baton.

The first photograph released by Netflix showed Olivia with her corgis.

Tobias Menzies plays Prince Philip (Credit: Netflix)

Series three of The Crown moves in 1960s and 70s and although Netflix is keeping its card close to its chest when it comes to plot, sources say that key events of the time - like the 1966 Aberfan disaster, and the first miner's strike in the early 1970s - will be depicted.

It's also said that the 1969 Apollo moon landing will also play a key part of the series.

As well as the storylines, more new cast members have been introduced.

Actor Tobias Menzies takes over from Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret, Josh O'Conner from The Durrells plays Prince Charles and Emerald Fennell plays Camilla Parker Bowles.

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Fans were quick to take to Twitter to express their joy at Olivia's transformation.

"Is it November yet???" asked one impatient fan.

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