Elizabeth Debicki exudes elegance in a black strapless gown at The Crown season five premiere


Elizabeth Debicki looked the picture of sophistication as she graced the red carpet at the premiere for season five of The Crown on Tuesday at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The actress, 32, has taken on the role of a lifetime with her part as the late Princess Diana in the new series released on November 9.

She dazzled in a black strapless gown that allowed a peek at her ample cleavage and which wove around her neck.

Elegant: Elizabeth Debicki looked the picture of sophistication as she graced the red carpet at the premiere for season five of The Crown on Tuesday at Theatre Royal Drury Lane

She added a red poppy brooch pinned to her dress and several gold bangles to add a touch of sparkle.

Her blonde tresses were swept up in an elegant updo, with several strands left down to frame her face.

Elizabeth completed her stunning look with a dusting of blush, black eyeliner and a slick of pink lipstick.

Iconic role: The actress, 32, has taken on the role of a lifetime with her part as the late Princess Diana in the new series released on November 9

Iconic role: The actress, 32, has taken on the role of a lifetime with her part as the late Princess Diana in the new series released on November 9

She posed on the red carpet alongside her onscreen husband, Dominic West, who plays King Charles.

The Great Gatsby star also greeted the two young actors playing her sons in the series, Prince Harry and William stars Will Powell and Timothee Sambor.

The premiere comes after Elizabeth revealed she was ‘spooked’ at the idea of playing Diana and used to tell herself – ‘I cannot do this’.

Incredible: She dazzled in a black strapless gown that allowed a peek at her ample cleavage

Stunning: The striking dress boasted crisscrossing straps at the back which wove around her neck

Incredible: She dazzled in a black strapless gown that allowed a peek at her ample cleavage and which wove around her neck

Stylish: She added a red poppy brooch pinned to her dress and several gold bangles to add a touch of sparkle

Stylish: She added a red poppy brooch pinned to her dress and several gold bangles to add a touch of sparkle

Striking: Her blonde tresses were swept up in an elegant updo, with several strands left down to frame her face

Striking: Her blonde tresses were swept up in an elegant updo, with several strands left down to frame her face

Flawless: Elizabeth completed her stunning look with a dusting of blush

Beauty: She added black eyeliner and a slick of pink lipstick to enhance her natural beauty

Flawless: Elizabeth completed her stunning look with a dusting of blush, black eyeliner and a slick of pink lipstick

Radiant: The actress glowed on the red carpet, as she beamed for the cameras

Radiant: The actress glowed on the red carpet, as she beamed for the cameras

In a new interview with British Vogue she told how she was ‘overwhelmed’ with the prospect of taking on the character – as well as reflecting on recreating her ‘revenge dress’ scenes. 

She told the publication: ‘I think in the very beginning that did overwhelm me, the idea of this kind of collective [of Diana disciples] out there.

‘It’s a trap, right? A swampy quagmire. So, I would stand over the kitchen sink and say, ‘I cannot do this.’

Diana and Charles: She posed on the red carpet alongside her onscreen husband, Dominic West, who plays King Charles

Diana and Charles: She posed on the red carpet alongside her onscreen husband, Dominic West, who plays King Charles

Sweet: The Great Gatsby star also greeted the two young actors playing her sons in the series, Prince Harry and William stars Will Powell and Timothee Sambor

Sweet: The Great Gatsby star also greeted the two young actors playing her sons in the series, Prince Harry and William stars Will Powell and Timothee Sambor

Great relationship: She warmly greeted the two young actors, and cupped Timothee's head

Great relationship: She warmly greeted the two young actors, and cupped Timothee’s head

Calming nerves: Elizabeth chatted to her onscreen sons as they nervously took to the red carpet

Calming nerves: Elizabeth chatted to her onscreen sons as they nervously took to the red carpet

But then the scripts arrived and she realised: ‘This isn’t meta. These are characters.’

During the chat she also reflected on wearing Diana’s iconic black ‘revenge dress’ – which she says she felt was ‘super risqué’ for the time. 

She explained: ‘It was pressure! It’s a complex dress. I let the fittings happen around me while I thought about what the dress meant. Why this dress? She’d had it for two or three years. It was super risqué at the time.

‘She was claiming the space. The way she walked out of that car, the luminosity, the strength of her as that car door opened, she was so fast and so forward. It’s an extraordinary thing to watch. 

Nervous: The premiere comes after Elizabeth revealed she was 'spooked' at the idea of playing Diana and used to tell herself - 'I cannot do this'

Nervous: The premiere comes after Elizabeth revealed she was ‘spooked’ at the idea of playing Diana and used to tell herself – ‘I cannot do this’

Jitters: In a new interview with British Vogue she told how she was 'overwhelmed' with the prospect of taking on the character

Jitters: In a new interview with British Vogue she told how she was ‘overwhelmed’ with the prospect of taking on the character

‘To decide what you’re saying about yourself through fashion… it was a currency. An incredibly powerful currency.’

With season five of The Crown described as ‘trolling on a Hollywood scale’ there has been an avalanche of backlash surrounding the Netflix show and the ‘insensitive’ portrayal of the Royal Family during the Nineties.

The Crown, created and written by Peter Morgan, has been a hit for Netflix since it was first released in 2016 with the main characters being regularly recast to follow the age of the royals in their respective timelines.

She told the publication: 'I think in the very beginning that did overwhelm me, the idea of this kind of collective [of Diana disciples] out there'

She told the publication: ‘I think in the very beginning that did overwhelm me, the idea of this kind of collective [of Diana disciples] out there’

She said: 'It's a trap, right? A swampy quagmire. So, I would stand over the kitchen sink and say, 'I cannot do this'

She said: ‘It’s a trap, right? A swampy quagmire. So, I would stand over the kitchen sink and say, ‘I cannot do this’

Explanation: But then the scripts arrived and she realised: 'This isn't meta. These are characters'

Explanation: But then the scripts arrived and she realised: ‘This isn’t meta. These are characters’

Controversy: With season five of The Crown described as 'trolling on a Hollywood scale' there has been an avalanche of backlash surrounding the Netflix show and the 'insensitive' portrayal of the Royal Family during the Nineties

Controversy: With season five of The Crown described as ‘trolling on a Hollywood scale’ there has been an avalanche of backlash surrounding the Netflix show and the ‘insensitive’ portrayal of the Royal Family during the Nineties

Fan appetite for the show has been stronger than ever, with viewers counting down the days for the series launch, even though it has been criticised for sensationalising events and including fictionalised scenes.

With the previous two seasons of The Crown covering the three decades before the Nineties the entire team has now been recast for this series’ 13-year time frame of 1990 to 2003.

Focusing heavily on the fallout between Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth, and King Charles (then Prince of Wales) as portrayed by Dominic, the new series will showcase a number of low points for the royals.

Success story: The Crown, created and written by Peter Morgan, has been a hit for Netflix since it was first released in 2016 with the main characters being regularly recast to follow the age of the royals in their respective timelines

Success story: The Crown, created and written by Peter Morgan, has been a hit for Netflix since it was first released in 2016 with the main characters being regularly recast to follow the age of the royals in their respective timelines

Criticism: Fan appetite for the show has been stronger than ever, with viewers counting down the days for the series launch, even though it has been criticised for sensationalising events and including fictionalised scenes

Criticism: Fan appetite for the show has been stronger than ever, with viewers counting down the days for the series launch, even though it has been criticised for sensationalising events and including fictionalised scenes

Dramatic: Focusing heavily on the fallout between Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth, and King Charles (then Prince of Wales) as portrayed by Dominic, the new series will showcase a number of low points for the royals

Dramatic: Focusing heavily on the fallout between Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth, and King Charles (then Prince of Wales) as portrayed by Dominic, the new series will showcase a number of low points for the royals

Coming soon: Season five of The Crown will be released on Netflix at 8am GMT on Wednesday November 9

Coming soon: Season five of The Crown will be released on Netflix at 8am GMT on Wednesday November 9

Season five of The Crown will be released on Netflix at 8am GMT on Wednesday November 9.

There will be 10 episodes in the season in keeping with the four previous seasons and that they will all be released at once on the streaming platform. 

The season five episodes are entitled: Queen Victoria Syndrome, The System, Mou Mou, Annus Horribilis, The Way Ahead, Ipatiev House, No Woman’s Land, Gunpowder, COUPLE 31 and Decommissioned. 

Historic: During the chat Elizabeth also reflected on wearing Diana's iconic black 'revenge dress' - which she says she felt was 'super risqué' for the time

Historic: During the chat Elizabeth also reflected on wearing Diana’s iconic black ‘revenge dress’ – which she says she felt was ‘super risqué’ for the time

Iconic: Diana wore the stunning black dress commissioned from Christina Stambolian, as she attended the Vanity Fair party at the Serpentine Gallery on November 20, 1994, in London

Iconic: Diana wore the stunning black dress commissioned from Christina Stambolian, as she attended the Vanity Fair party at the Serpentine Gallery on November 20, 1994, in London

All previous episodes of The Crown are available to watch now if you want to refresh your memory ahead of the season five launch. 

With the previous two seasons of The Crown covering the three decades before the Nineties the entire team have been recast for this series’ 13-year time frame of 1990 to 2003

Queen Elizabeth II will now be played by Imelda Staunton, following on from Olivia Colman who took on the role for season three and four and Claire Foy who played the monarch in the first two seasons. 

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