‘the Crown’ Stars Respond to Being ‘Too Hot’ to Play Charles, Camilla


  • Dominic West and Olivia Williams spoke to Variety about season 5 of “The Crown.” 
  • They were asked about fans who said they were too attractive to play then-Prince Charles and Camilla. 
  • Williams joked that production would have to “suppress how very deeply hot” they are in season 6. 

Dominic West and Olivia Williams addressed fans who think they’re “too hot” to portray then-Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles in season 5 of “The Crown.” 

West and Williams shared their opinion during an interview with Variety’s K.J. Yossman in an article published Friday. West plays Charles in the Netflix series, which debuted season 5 on Wednesday, while Williams depicts Camilla. 

Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles in Netflix's "The Crown."

Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles in Netflix’s “The Crown.”


During their conversation, West and Williams were asked about fans who criticized the show’s casting. On social media, fans have suggested West and Williams are too attractive to play the British royals. 

“Well I think there’s something in that you know,” West, 53, joked. “I’ve had worse.” 

Williams added that the crew will have to hide their good looks next season. 

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The then-Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on their wedding day on April 9, 2005.

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“[The production] will just have to try and suppress how very deeply hot we are for season 6,” Williams, 54, said. 

West previously addressed his thoughts on the debate, talking to Netflix about his transformation into Charles. Charles became King in September after his mother’s death, while Queen Elizabeth named Camilla Queen Consort in February months before she passed away.

“I was slightly in despair, you know, how was I going to get the physicality of this guy, because the only time I really look like Charles, is from behind, because the hair is just perfect,” West said. 

While season 5 of “The Crown” touches on several facets of royal life, it will also shine a light on then-Prince Charles’ crumbling marriage with Princess Diana. Netflix included a disclaimer in the season 5 trailer to assure fans that the show is a “fictional dramatisation.” 

A close friend of the late Queen Elizabeth II told The Times UK that the newest season “would have destroyed” her.

“I’m horrified by what is going on with Netflix and how they are vilifying the royal family,” the friend, who remained anonymous, told the outlet. “It is vicious. It’s as if they’re trying to destroy the royal family,” they continued. 

The season will also touch on Princess Diana’s controversial tell-all interview with the BBC and a then-Prince Charles petitions Prime Minister John Major to force Queen Elizabeth II to abdicate.

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