Dominic West shares why he had to accept The Crown role

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The Crown star Dominic West has revealed why he had to accept his role as Charles, Prince of Wales.

The actor joined the Netflix show for the fifth and sixth series, the final two instalments in the show, starring alongside Imelda Staunton, Jonathan Pryce and Lesley Manville.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, West spoke about his experience on the show, revealing that it was an easy decision to take up the role of Charles, who was previously played by Josh O’Connor.

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“There was an enormous pressure on The Crown because it was such a successful show before I went in, and Josh did such a great job,” he said. “But at the end of the day, you’ve got to do parts that appeal to you; not that many come along.

“When you’ve got a juicy part like that, you can’t turn it down. I loved playing him, he was brilliant. I saw many documentaries on him, one he did with Jonathan Dimbleby.

“He’s on a plane, and he’s talking about, ‘I don’t do this for my own good, you know – I do this for jolly old Britain. And it was so funny, ‘jolly old Britain’, every time I was trying to get into him on set, I’d just go ‘jolly old Britain’. And I was in.”

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West, who has also appeared in The Wire and The Affair, recently got into a spot of bother during filming for the sixth series, with head researcher Annie Sulzberger revealing that the star was corrected by advisor David Rankin-Hunt on how to eat asparagus.

“We reset and re-shot it with Dom picking up the ­asparagus with his ­fingers,” recalled Sulzberger to History Extra.

"It's important to have many ­voices who can chime in with their ­experience because I don't think I would have been able to look up the way in which two posh people would have eaten asparagus back in 1992.”

The Crown seasons 1-6 (part 1) are streaming on Netflix, with season 6 part 2 following on December 14. Seasons 1-4 are also available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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