Helena Bonham Carter is reportedly taking her preparation for season three of The Crown very seriously indeed. The actress, who will play Princess Margaret opposite Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth, is said to have hired a psychic in order to get in touch with the spirit of the late Princess, to research the part with ‘as much depth as possible.’
An industry insider told the Sun that Bonham Carter has been speaking to the late Princess, who died in 2002 at the age of 71, from ‘the other side.’ Margaret has apparently told the star that she is ‘doing a great job,’ which is convenient.
‘She always likes to research her roles with as much depth as possible – and is always prepared to go that extra mile,’ the source told the newspaper. ‘So if that means using someone with supernatural powers to speak to a character who is now on the other side then Helena has no problems with doing that.’
‘[Helena] is naturally spiritual and open-minded and is delighted she’s had such positive feedback from the late royal,’ the source continued.
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Olivia Colman is our new Queen
The first of these new cast members to be announced was Olivia Colman, who'll be stepping into the Queen's sturdy patent courts as The Crown moves through the Seventies and beyond. This is arguably the biggest role yet for one of Britain's best-loved (and most versatile) actresses, who already has one Golden Globe to her name (earned for her supporting role in The Night Manager). She'll be joined by Helena Bonham-Carter, who'll embody Princess Margaret in her most turbulent years, while Tobias Menzies will be Matt Smith's replacement as Prince Philip. Newly announced as an addition to the cast is Ben Smith, who will play Anthony Armstrong-Jones opposite Helena's Princess Margaret.
This isn’t even the first time that Bonham Carter has turned to the supernatural to prepare for a role. Before starring as Elizabeth Taylor in the BBC’s Burton & Taylor TV film, she enlisted the help of a psychic who’d already ‘de-ghosted’ her London home. ‘I told him I was in a real dilemma about the role,’ she told IndieWire in 2013. ‘He came back with the answer, “Intellectually it makes no sense whatsoever, but emotionally it’s a nine out of 10”’ (whatever that might mean...) She also consulted her aunt, a graphologist or handwriting expert, beforehand to ‘distill [Taylor’s] character’ – just as she did prior to taking on another royal role, that of the Queen Mother in 2010’s The King’s Speech.
Perhaps Bonham Carter, who was photographed filming a funeral scene for the series with Colman earlier this week, will go full method and adopt Princess Margaret’s decadent morning routine, too...