Helena Bonham Carter May Be Joining 'The Crown' as Princess Margaret


The third season will shift the story into the 1970s, and will include Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon's 1976 separation and 1978 divorce. The younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret has had a tragic arc plagued with heartbreaks and scandals, with her various romances obstructed by the restrictions of royalty and her own sister.

In seasons 1 and 2 - the latter of which premiered on Netflix in December - Princess Margaret is portrayed by Vanessa Kirby. It's also proven to be a solid ratings hit, with nearly 3 million Netflix subscribers tuning into the season two premiere within the first three days of its release, according to Nielsen. She would act opposite Olivia Colman, who is set to take over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy.

And HBC is no stranger to a period drama or taking the shape of a real life person: she has previously starred in Suffragette, Great Expectations and Les Miserables, and also played Elizabeth Taylor in TV movie Burton and Taylor. Representatives for Bonham Carter have not yet responded to Vanity Fair's request for comment. The actress has also embodied a member of this particular royal family before, for the Academy Award-winning 2010 film The King's Speech, in which she played another Elizabeth-Queen Mother of Elizabeth and Margaret. Bonham Carter is truly a brilliant actress, but after too many turns as wacky Tim Burton characters, we're anxious she could ham this up a bit. According to the Evening Standard, the actress' house in Oxfordshire, Mill House, was once the home of the princess' former lady-in-waiting, Jane Stevens. So, the rumor that Helena Bonham Carter might join the cast is just one of the most thrilling ideas we've ever heard.

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Kirby wears a dress by Louis Vuitton; earrings by Bulgari.

Kirby wears clothing by Fendi.