Netflix’s The Crown leads BAFTA nominations

The Crown is a big hit with BAFTA voters.

The nominations for this year's BAFTAs have been announced, with Netflix's The Crown leading the pack. 

The Netflix Original garnered 5 different nominations, including Best Drama Series and Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor nods for Claire Foy and John Lithgow. 

The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II as she deals with her ascension to the throne at a young age. 

Doctor Who's Matt Smith also stars as Prince Philip, though he was overlooked for the BAFTAs.

The nominations also saw a host of British talent acknowledged, including Robbie Coltrane for National Treasure, Benedict Cumberbatch for The Hollow Crown: Wars of the Roses and Sarah Lancashire for Happy Valley.

International shows also enjoyed nominations, with Netflix Original Stranger Things and Amazon Original Transparent seeing nods.

The biggest surprise of the BAFTA nominations is the snubbing of Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager, whom critics suspected would be a shoo-in for the award.

Netflix is enjoying a busy year for its original shows, with season 2 of The Crown on its away and Marvel series The Defenders due to hit at the end of the summer. 

The Crown is expected to change after the second season, with star Claire Foy leaving the show after season 2.

This will mean the role will be re-cast, with Foy saying that she wasn't up to staying on for the planned 7 seasons.

“And also not to be funny but it's also a real plus. As an actor, there's nothing worse than the sound of ‘seven years'. I'm sure to some people it sounds amazing but to us it's like, seven years of playing the same person? And this is a tough job, you know?

“It's long, a good nine-months. And that's a lot of your life that you sign over to it. I'm going to miss it terribly. But I just can't wait to see where it goes, I just can't wait.”

Netflix subscribers can stream season 1 of The Crown right now.

Source: Metro

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