AceShowbiz - Imelda Staunton has shared her feelings after Queen Elizabeth passed away. In a new interview, the actress, who stars as the late monarch on "The Crown", said that she was "inconsolable" when the queen died.
The 66-year-old star is the latest actress to take on the role of the late monarch, who died in September at the age of 96 following a record-breaking 70-year reign, on Netflix megahit "The Crown" and explained that she was "very grateful" that the series took a pause in filming out of respect.
She said, "Everyone was extremely sad and I know I was very inconsolable that evening. My reaction surprised me. Of course, I would feel something. But having lived with her very closely for two years, it felt strange. Like I say, the production did stop and then at the schedule we were on, I was off for 10 days. And I was very grateful for that time off to sort of settle back down."
The "Harry Potter" actress, who follows on from Olivia Colman and Claire Foy in the role of Queen Elizabeth, went on to add that the monarch's passing was a "great sadness" for the entire crew, who had been working on the biographical drama series since its inception in 2015, explaining that creator Peter Morgan, whose 2013 stage play "The Audience" served as inspiration for "The Crown", has "such respect" for the royal world.
She told Entertainment Tonight, "I feel for the crew who had been working on it from day one. I think there was a great sense of sadness, no doubt. I think [Peter's] love letter to the Queen started a long time ago… I think it's gone on a long time. So, it's obvious that he is very passionate about this family. So, I think he has such respect for this world."