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Doctor Who star Matt Smith portrays Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband to Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) in the 10-episode Netflix original series The Crown. The series is set to premiere on November 4, 2016.

Smith talked to the RadioTimes about his new appreciation for royal life, saying, “We (he and Foy) grew to love them quite a lot, in a much greater way than we ever did.”

He talks about getting to know Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II through the script, saying, “I think the writing firstly is respectful, but it’s not overly reverential. It’s honest about the human traits of these people. We as actors interpret that as honestly and as bravely as we can.”

Smith describes the material presented in The Crown, saying, “At the heart of this is this really rich love story about two soul mates (Prince Philip and the Queen) who are put under great press about her responsibility to become Queen so early and so unexpectedly.”

The British actor can now see life as a royal from the inside looking out, explaining, “The Prince Philip we know now and the Prince Philip we perhaps knew then are two very different men.”

The Crown is based on Peter Morgan‘s play The Audience. The series reunites Morgan with The Audience director Stephen Daldry (The Reader) and also stars John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill.

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the trailer released in January:

The Crown‘s Twitter page released a teaser clip just this morning (April 11):

Are you looking forward to the period drama?

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By Brigid Brown