5 Reasons Elizabeth Debicki Will Be Perfect Playing Princess Diana

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Elizabeth Debicki has been revealed as the final actor to play Princess Diana in Netflix series The Crown. The 29-year-old will take over from Emma Corrin – who will play Diana in season four, set to be released this autumn – for the last two seasons of the much-loved drama.

“Princess Diana’s spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many,” Debicki said in a statement on The Crown’s official Twitter account. “It is my true privilege and honor to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.”

It’s an inspired choice for seasons five and six, which are expected to cover the years leading up to, and following, the death of Diana in 1997. Here are five reasons we can’t wait to see Debicki play Diana:

1

She’s a Diana Lookalike

With her big blue eyes, blonde hair, and model-esque good looks, Debicki is already a Diana doppelganger, and judging by the acting prowess she displayed in The Night Manager and Widows, she’ll have no trouble nailing the Princess’ accent and mannerisms too.

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2

She Loves a Glamorous Gown

Diana was, and still is, an undisputed style icon, with many of her most famous fashion moments resulting from red carpet appearances in glamorous gowns. Debicki is no stranger to the red carpet herself, of course, and always looks fabulous when stepping out for film premieres or photo calls. Her most regal outing yet came at the 2019 Met Gala, when she donned a stunning pink Salvatore Ferragamo dress with a huge bow on the front, teamed with white opera gloves and a sleek up-do.

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3

She’s a Fashion Risk-Taker

Diana was a dedicated follower of fashion and, particularly following her separation from Prince Charles in 1992, her style evolved to include more risqué ensembles. Debicki takes a similar approach, eschewing boring column dresses for interesting silhouettes, bold colors, and printed pieces.

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4

Short Hair Really Suits Her

With her killer cheekbones and perfect jawline, Debicki could arguably make any haircut work, but she looks incredible with super-short styles, which bodes well for her role in The Crown. After chopping off her voluminous 80s locks, during the 90s Diana sported a variety of short hair styles, from tousled and shaggy to sleek and straight.

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5

She’s Mastered the Mona Lisa Smile

Debicki looks most like Princess Diana when posing for the cameras – that coquettish smile, with her chin tilted down, is uncannily similar to how Diana was often captured. Once the actor is transformed with Diana’s 90s hair and make-up, it’s going to be hard to tell the two apart.

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