Is That ‘The Crown’ Stunt Casting in ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’?


The real life UK political sex scandal of the 60s is now a six-part BBC1 drama series.  Slightly worrying is the casting of actors from Netflix’s The Crown, giving a sense of deja vu, especially since the early 60’s period setting virtually the same.


We have:

Ben Miles – Lord Profumo in Trial, Peter Townsend in The Crown


Anton Lesser – Michael Eaddowes in Trial, PM Harold MacMillan in The Crown


Michael Maloney – Bill Astor in Trial,  PM Ted Heath in The Crown

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Sam Crane – Harry in Trial, Patrick Plunket in The Crown



Seems somewhat distracting, especially given the prominence of the roles played by Miles, Lesser and Maloney, no?


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A bit further back, Wolf Hall (2015) was another show that featured the usual GoT/Crown types – Lesser (again!), Foy, Enzo Cilenti, Mark Gatiss, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Jonathan Pryce etc
Time to cast (sic) the net a bit wider? 
Or should we in the not-so-jolly GB be proud of having the best repertory company of character actors in the world?


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