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Meet Elizabeth Debicki: Actress Who Plays Princess Diana in ‘The Crown’ Season 5

We have a piece of good news for all The Crown fans out there. Netflix’s hit show The Crown is back with a bang! Season 5 of the historical drama series The Crown just dropped on the streaming giant Netflix.

Elizabeth Debicki is the latest performer to play the role of Princess Diana in Netflix’s show The Crown. In seasons 3 and 4 of the show, the My Policeman star Emma Corrin essayed the younger version of the People’s Princess. And now, Emma has passed on the tiara to Elizabeth Debicki. Continue reading further to learn more about the personal and professional life of Elizabeth Debicki.

Elizabeth Debicki was born in Paris and raised in Australia

Elizabeth Debicki is an actress by profession. She was born on August 24, 1990, in Paris, France to a Polish father and an Australian mother of Irish descent. In a 2015 interview with MindFood, she revealed that both of her parents were ballet dancers.

Debicki was only 5 years old when her family shifted to Melbourne, Australia. She has 2 younger siblings, a sister, and a brother. Back in the day, she told The Age, she grew up with a younger sister and brother. She said, “We have a lot of family in Europe, and Paris still feels like home.”

And her love for all these places still remains the same. As of this moment, Elizabeth splits her time between three cities and they are as follows: Los Angeles, London, and Sydney, Australia.

Elizabeth Debicki trained as a ballet dancer too

During her childhood days, Elizabeth wanted to be a ballet dancer. She followed in the footsteps of her mom and dad and took training to be a ballet dancer. At 17, her height was six-foot-two and she realized that she was too tall to be a ballet dancer. Now, she is six-foot-three.

In an earlier interview with Allure, Debicki said, “I was taller than my teachers when I was 12, and I remember the lightbulb moment: This isn’t going to work.” Then, she switched from dancing to theatre.

At that time, Elizabeth told the media outlet that the transition from dancing to acting was very natural. She further added, “Dancing gives an innate physical awareness—it’s physical training. Acting feels like the same medium but just with words.”

Let us share with you, in this way, Princess Diana and Elizabeth Debicki have a biological similarity. Biographer Tina Brown stated that at five-foot-ten, Princess Diana thought that she was too tall for pursuing a career in ballet.

Has Elizabeth Debicki starred in any films or shows before?

The answer to the above question is a big yes. After graduating from Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts with a degree in drama in the year 2010, Elizabeth made her film debut with the 2011 Australian film A Few Best Men.

Then, in 2013, Debicki got cast in the movie The Great Gatsby. She played the role of Jordan Baker in the film. She got good feedback for her performance in the movie and even won the AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Soon after in 2017, Elizabeth bagged a supporting role in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. She essayed the character of Ayesha, leader of the Sovereign people in the movie. For those of you who are unaware, let us tell you, she is set to reprise her role in the third movie of the Marvel series, which will hit the screens on March 23, 2023.

In 2019, Debicki landed a leading role in the 2019 thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy. She starred in the movie alongside Claes Bang and Mick Jagger. Next year, she appeared in Christopher Nolan’s spy film, Tenet. 

Elizabeth Debicki has openly talked about body image

In a 2020 interview with Glamour magazine, Elizabeth revealed that she has worked hard to obtain a healthy body image. She said, “Body image is something that’s highly complex because it’s never to do with intelligence, and you can know better, but that doesn’t stop something being indoctrinated into you.”

Debicki further added, “It’s shocking how systemic it’s been, how it’s come in your thinking. When I broke it down to when I was younger, a lot of it was what I thought I had to be something for someone else.”

The Guardians of the Galaxy star continued, “I look back at me when I was younger now with so much compassion and I think I was just doing my best, I was trying so hard, I was so hard on myself. I think I’m only really just starting to come into that place of letting go of that.”

Elizabeth Debicki didn’t overthink about playing Princess Diana in Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

Yes, you read that right. Elizabeth Debicki didn’t hesitate about playing the role of Princess Diana in Netflix’s show The Crown. In her latest interview with The Guardian, Elizabeth talked about playing the role of the late Princess of Wales in season 5 of The Crown.

Debicki also spoke about the pressure she felt while essaying the iconic character of Princess Diana, and the controversy that surrounds the show, based on the lives of the British royal family.

The Tenet star told the media outlet, “I went off instinct, and I didn’t overthink it. I’ve watched this show and loved it for years. I knew I was stepping into working with people who were extremely intelligent and very sensitive about how they went about creating the script and making decisions. So I never felt like I’d jumped on unstable ground.”
Elizabeth even revealed that The Crown‘s extensive research department, Corrin’s performance and meticulous scripts from the creator of the show Peter Morgan served as her inspiration in playing the role of Princess Diana.
Debicki spilled the beans on portraying the inimitable princess and went on to say, “Suddenly what feels like a vast field of information is very quickly, extremely narrowed down to existing within the framework that Peter [Morgan] has built for you. It was a huge relief. I remember thinking, now my responsibility is to bring to life what he has written, and his interpretation of these events and these people.”

Have you seen season 5 of Netflix’s show The Crown? If you have, kindly let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments section below. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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