Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, who played Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown,” have shared their thoughts about the late monarch’s legacy. Foy spoke to BBC at the Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday, praising the Queen for her life’s work. “I think that she was an incredible monarch,” she said. “She united people and she was a massive symbol of continuity and dignity and grace.” She added that it had been “an honor” to portray her on the show.
“My main feeling is just thinking about her as a mother and a grandmother and a great-grandmother, really,” Colman said. “I’m very honored to have been a teeny tiny, small part of her story.” The actress, who played the Queen in Seasons 3 and 4—which cover 1964 through 1976—spoke to Variety at the festival about how she approached playing the royal role.
Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth died “peacefully” at age 96 on Sept. 8. She took on the title in 1952 and held it for 63 years, making her the longest-serving monarch in British history.