James Hillier: The Crown (Netflix)

Date - 15 February, 2017, All News Television
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James Hillier can be seen as series regular Patrick in The Crown for Netflix.

The first season of the biographical story produced by Left Bank Pictures for Netflix will launch on November 4 with 10 one-hour-long episodes focusing on the first decade of Elizabeth’s epic reign, starting as a 25-year-old newlywed who ascends to the throne following the unexpected death of her father, George II.

The Crown, the most expensive drama ever made by the US streaming company and its first to be made in the UK, will trace the life of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. It is expected to span 60 episodes over six seasons.

The Crown is penned by Peter Morgan with direction from Stephen Daldry and Benjamin Caron.

James is joined in the cast by fellow Sainou clients Ben Fox and Josie Kidd.


James Hillier trained at RADA from where he went straight into the prestigious BBC productions of Great Expectations and All The King's Men, both directed by Julian Jarrold. Other notable screen credits include the leading role of Spence in Long Time Dead for Working Title Films, and as a series regular on the TV series Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Serious and Organised and Holby Blue.

James theatre work includes 66 Books for The Bush, Lulu for the Almeida, The Homecoming at The Royal Exchange, the British Premier of Tennessee Williams Something Cloudy Something Clear and Blue Surge for which he was nominated for the Best Male Performer Award at the 2011 'Offies'.

James is artistic director of theatre company Defibrillator. He recently directed Hard Feelings at the Finborough Theatre and then went on to perform in Venice Preserv'd a site-specific piece produced by the Spectator's Guild.

James plays the role of series regular Patrick in The Crown on Netflix.

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