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Matt Smith 'in talks to play Prince Philip in The Crown'

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Matt Smith 'in talks to play Prince Philip in The Crown'

Matt Smith is in talks to star as Britain's Prince Philip in a drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

The 32-year-old actor - who's best known as the 11th Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series 'Doctor Who' - is being lined up to star as the Queen's husband in Netflix's 'The Crown', which is set to chart the monarch's life from her wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1947 through til the 1960s, the Daily Mail newspaper reports.

Matt - who recently starred in Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, 'Lost River' - is wanted to appear opposite actress Claire Foy, who's already been cast in the role of Queen Elizabeth.

The Stephen Daldry-directed programme will focus on the relationship between Buckingham Palace and the British government, and in particular, how constitutional issues were dealt with.

'The Crown' is initially scheduled to run for 20 episodes divided over two season but if it's successful, the programme will be extended to 60 episodes, costing £100 million in total.

The first episode of the show will centre on the drama behind the scenes of the Queen's wedding to the prince, with shooting set to start in June.