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The first four seasons of The Crown are streaming on Netflix now, with preparation for season five currently underway. The historical drama has charted the reign of Queen Elizabeth II since 1952, with season four ending in 1990. Seasons two and three often flashbacked to the life of a young Prince Philip and his time at Gordonstoun. Who played young Prince Philip? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
WARNING: This article contains spoilers about The Crown seasons 2 and 3
Who plays Young Prince Philip in The Crown?
In seasons three and four of The Crown, viewers learn a little more about the childhood and upbringing of Prince Philip.
Viewers learn that, as a child, Philip and his family were exiled from Greece and grew up in Europe and the United Kingdom.
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In the early 1930s, his four sisters married German princes and moved to Germany, his mother, Princess Alice (played by Jane Lapotaire) was diagnosed with schizophrenia and placed in an asylum whilst his father, Prince Andrew (Guy Williams), resided in Monte Carlo.
After attending two terms at Schule Schloss Salem school in Germany, Philip moved to Gordonstoun School in Scotland.
When Philip was 16-years-old in 1937, Philip’s sister Cecilie (Leonie Benesch), her husband Georg Donatus (August Wittgenstein), Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse, her two young sons, Ludwig and Alexander, her newborn infant, and her mother-in-law, Princess Eleonore of Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, were killed in an air crash at Ostend.
The Crown mainly focuses on Philip’s experience at Gordenstoun, a school he would later send his own son, Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) too following the death of his sister and late mother.
In seasons two and three of The Crown, Young Prince Philip is played young actor, Finn Elliot.
Finn Elliot, now 18-years-old, was born in Hong Kong and lived in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore before moving to Chichester, West Sussex aged nine.
Elliot is best known for portraying the young monarch in season two of The Crown.
His performance has received praise from fans and critics across the globe.
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Ed Power from the Telegraph wrote of his performance: “They are helped immensely by an affecting performance from Elliot, simmering with a rage that, in the adult Philip, will harden into a brittle machismo.”
One viewer, choccollins, posted on Tumblr: “I want to take a moment to appreciate this guy Finn Elliot, who was incredibly good and amazing during the ninth episode of The Crown and who actually made me cry at one point.”
The actor spoke to HeyUGuys at the premiere of season two of The Crown and he said: “This is my first premiere and I have been so lucky to be in The Crown.
“It’s been amazing, it’s been really enjoyable and I have learnt a lot from filming it over the last year, it’s been awesome.”
He explained how he sent a screen tape before having a few auditions in London for the role. He said: “I was lucky enough to get the part and it’s been really fun.”
Viewers may also recognise Elliot from his role as young Uhtred in The Last Kingdom.
He joined the cast in season four as the son of Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) and the brother of Stiorra (Ruby Hartley) and he is expected to reprise his role in The Last Kingdom for season five.
Elliot has also starred in The Mercy as James Crowhurst, alongside Colin First and Rachel Weisz.
The Crown is streaming on Netflix now.
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