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Claire Foy On Departing The Crown
13 April 2017, 01:53 | Clarence Schmidt
Claire Foy is abdicating from her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown
Sweeping up on the nominations front, The Crown has been put forward for five separate awards, including Best Drama Series, Best Actress and both Best Supporting Actor and Actress titles.
The lead role of the young Queen Elizabeth II brought The Crown its first Golden Globe, but despite this success, Claire Foy steps down. Lancashire will compete against Foy, Jodie Comer for the BBC's "Thirteen", and Nikki Amuka-Bird for the BBC's "NW".
The third season will jump several years, meaning that she and co-star Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip, must be replaced by older actors.
Also nearly completely shut out was the BBC's acclaimed adaptation of War and Peace, which picked up one nomination for Best Drama Series, an honor for which it'll have to beat The Crown, The Durrells and Happy Valley.
Creator and writer Peter Morgan said: "I am beyond thrilled for The Crown to have been recognised in a year where so much wonderful work has been achieved in British television".
The lead-actor nominees are Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses", Adeel Akhtar in "Murdered by My Father", Babou Ceesay in "Damilola, Our Loved Boy" and Robbie Coltrane in "National Treasure".
Elsewhere, Strictly Come Dancing features in both the entertainment programme category and entertainment performance by series host Claudia Winkleman.
The nominations for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) were announced earlier today.
Notable for its absence among the nominees however was The Night Manager, which despite picking up Golden Globes and being an worldwide hit for the BBC, received only one nomination - best supporting actor for Tom Hollander - while both Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie missed out.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at London's Royal Festival Hall on May 14th.
Over six planned seasons the show will chart the life of Queen Elizabeth from her wedding day in 1947 through to the present day.
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