Helen Mirren

How did 'The Godfather' and 'The Sopranos' inspire Netflix's royal family hit 'The Crown'?

How did 'The Godfather' and 'The Sopranos' inspire Netflix's royal family hit 'The Crown'?

Although she’s never met him, Queen Elizabeth II has been very good to Peter Morgan. First he wrote 2006’s “The Queen,” featuring Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning performance in the title role. Then the British dramatist penned the 2013 hit play "Audience," centered on her weekly meetings with a succession of prime ministers. And now he's overseeing Netflix's Golden Globe-winning, six-season production "The Crown," which follows Queen Elizabeth II through her 65-year-and-counting reign, complete with behind-the-scenes fractious family turmoil. It's a lot of queen for a guy who says he had zero interest in England's royal family until a few years ago.

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