Helena Bonham Carter ‘hired a psychic to contact the late Princess Margaret before playing her in The Crown’
Helena Bonham Carter reportedly hired a psychic to contact the late Princess Margaret before playing her in The Crown.
The 52-year-old actress enlisted the help of a clairvoyant to speak to Queen Elizabeth’s sister, who died in 2002 aged 71, from beyond the grave to ensure she researched the role with ‘as much depth as possible’.
Speaking to The Sun, a source said: ‘She always likes to research her roles with as much depth as possible – and is always prepared to go that extra mile.
Hire: Helena Bonham Carter reportedly hired a psychic to contact the late Princess Margaret before playing her in The Crown
‘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.’
The Harry Potter star, who will appear alongside Olivia Colman, who will replace Claire Foy as the queen, in the third series of the Netflix drama, is said to have received ‘positive feedback’ from the princess.
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The TV insider added: ‘She is naturally spiritual and open-minded and is delighted she’s had such positive feedback from the late royal.’
MailOnline contacted a Helena Bonham Carter’s representative for comment.
Speaking: The 52-year-old actress enlisted the help of a clairvoyant to speak to Queen Elizabeth’s sister, who died in 2002 aged 71, from beyond the grave to ensure she researched the role with ‘as much depth as possible’
Dynamic: Speaking to The Sun , a source said: ‘She always likes to research her roles with as much depth as possible – and is always prepared to go that extra mile’
Siblings: Queen Elizabeth pictured Princess Margaret at the Horseguards Parade in 1993
Helena is set to take over the role from Vanessa Kirby, who played Elizabeth’s sister in the first two seasons of the show, and admitted she and her co-stars Olivia and Tobias Menzies – who will replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip – are feeling the pressure to follow on from the ‘successful’ first two series.
She told Variety on the Ocean’s 8 red carpet: ‘I think we’re all … we’re completely terrified.
‘I think also because the first two seasons were such a success, we have the onus of inheriting the responsibility of doing justice to all these genuinely famous people, and then on top of it, inheriting them from this previous generation of actors who’ve done such good jobs.
Royal role: Princess Margaret was last played by Vanessa Kirby, with the second series seeing her tie the knot with Anthony Armstrong-Jones, or Lord Snowdon
Hope and glory: The third series will also see Olivia Colman take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II, a role previously played by Claire Foy (right)
‘None of us look at all like our previous generation. We don’t actually look like our real people either. I don’t look like Margaret. I don’t think Olivia looks particularly like the queen, but it’s interesting. We just have to try and create some sort of essence.’
The first series of The Crown was one of the most critically acclaimed dramas of 2016 – winning two Golden Globes and two SAG awards, and being nominated for four BAFTAs.
Additionally, the first two seasons have collectively bagged a whopping 26 Emmy nominations over the last two years.
Transformed: Tobias Menzies is set to play the royal in the 1960s and 1970s (Prince Philip right in 1978) as the Netflix show for its much-anticipated third series
Handing it over: Tobias is taking over the role of Prince Philip from Doctor Who star Matt Smith, who played the part for the show’s first two series
Suave: Ben Daniels has taken over the part of Lord Snowdon from Matthew Goode, with the third series set to document his and Princess Margaret’s turbulent marriage
The show, which has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, is the most expensive television series ever made – with the first series costing $100million to produce.
The second series dealt with the scandal surrounding Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, as well as swirling affair and divorce rumours between Elizabeth and Phillip.
The third is thought to focus on the 1970s, and will introduce Camilla Parker Bowles to the cast, after her first meeting with Prince Charles in 1971.
The new series is expected to land on the online streaming site in 2019.
Moving with the times: The second series dealt with the scandal surrounding Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, as well as swirling affair and divorce rumours between Elizabeth and Phillip
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