Who Plays Diana in 'The Crown' season 5? Meet the new Princess of Wales

'She was such a remarkable human being and so the idea of stepping into it is daunting but very exciting,' says Elizabeth Debicki

Elizabeth Debicki attends Sony Pictures Classics and The Cinema Society Special Screening of "The Burnt Orange Heresy" at The Roxy Cinema on March 05, 2020 in New York City.
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The royal family's returned with a new addition: who plays Diana in The Crown season 5? Allow us to introduce you. 

Ever since Elizabeth Debicki took over the role from Emma Corrin in the Netflix historical drama, all eyes have been on the (fictional) Princess of Wales. And she does not take the responsibility lightly. 

"[Princess Diana] was such a remarkable human being and so the idea of stepping into it is daunting but very exciting," Debicki revealed to Good Morning America (opens in new tab).

The fifth installment is finally out, and while you're catching up with the happenings at Buckingham Palace, let's get to know the actor behind the role.

Who Plays Diana in 'The Crown' season 5? Meet Elizabeth Debicki

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The 32-year-old Paris-born, Melbourne-raised actor first got her start in ballet, as her parents were accomplished dancers who met in France, according to Town & Country (opens in new tab)

"I always loved being on stage when I was young and doing my ballet concerts," she told The Sydney Morning Herald (opens in new tab). "It just became clear to me that was my happiest place."

However, her time on stage shifted from dancing to acting, and after a successful stint at the Melbourne Theatre Company, the wheels were in motion.

Elizabeth Debicki roles

What kickstarted the 6’3” actor's career was her role as Jordan Baker in the Great Gatsby opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. After reviving the American classic for the big screen, she went on to star in Everest, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2., Widows and Vita and Virginia, to name a select few.

"Being an actor is the most glorious thing in the world and my purest joy," she further revealed to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Clearly she has a knack for it!

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Debicki has chosen to remain out of the social media limelight, though when she landed the role of Diana, she did allegedlly make a statement on Twitter. 

"Princess Diana's spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many," Debicki revealed. "It is my true privilege and honor to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one."

The only social accounts pertaining to Debicki at the time of publication are fan accounts.

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During the UK premiere of The Crown, the actor arrived at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane with her boyfriend, Kristian Rasmussen, by her side. 

When it comes to romance, she takes the same approach to social media—very hush, hush. It's believed she was also tied to her co-star in the The Night Manager, Tom Hiddleston, but we never learned anything for sure—just the way she prefers it. However, she does have her likes, according to a Brampton Guardian (opens in new tab) interview in 2016.

"I think it's the most attractive thing in a human being and when you meet someone you can have an intelligent conversation with, well, that's what life's all about really. And obviously, a well-cut suit is great too."

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