Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles – actors who have played them

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Britain’s King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla have received the Hollywood treatment many times over. As their controversial love story continues to play out on the acclaimed Netflix series “The Crown” — which debuted season 5 in November 2022 — join Wonderwall.com as we round up all the actors and actresses who’ve played the royal pair on screen through the years, starting with the latest Camilla and Charles, who are portrayed by Olivia Williams and Dominic West…

Keep reading to see more photos of the lovers, plus all the other stars who’ve attempted to fill the royals’ shoes…

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On season 5 of “The Crown,” which debuted in November 2022, Dominic West portrays Prince Charles in the 1990s. In an interview with Netflix, Dominic admitted he only sees similarities between himself and the current king from a very specific angle. “The only time I really look like Charles is from behind. ‘Cause the hair is just perfect,” he said.

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“Rushmore” and “An Education” actress Olivia Williams plays Camilla Parker Bowles during the 1990s on season 5 of “The Crown.”

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Josh O’Connor played an adult Prince Charles on seasons 3 and 4 of “The Crown” in 2019. He opened up about playing the royal to Screen Daily, sharing, “We all have a set position on the dynamic between Charles and [wife Princess] Diana. It’s been great to have the ability to either fight against that or, at times, acknowledge it and also to challenge any question of, ‘Did he ever love her?’ Personally I think he must have done. There’s a wealth of layers and richness to Charles and Diana, and I loved seeking that out.” It paid off: In 2021, Josh won best actor in a drama series at the Primetime Emmys for his performance.

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Emerald Fennell brought the woman then known as Camilla Parker Bowles to life on “The Crown” in seasons 3 and 4. She picked up an Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her work.

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The late Roger Rees portrayed Prince Charles opposite Catherine Oxenberg’s Princess Diana in the 1992 television movie “Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After.” The film received dismal reviews.

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Kristen Stewart famously tackled the role of Princess Diana in “Spencer” in 2021, with Jack Farthing serving as her Prince Charles. The “Poldark” actor was nervous to take the part, telling Insider, “It’s obviously a very scary overwhelming idea, taking on someone like that. Trying to find your own truth in a character that everyone knows so well and is so visible and so recorded and so impersonated.”

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David Threlfall played Prince Charles to Serena Scott Thomas’s Princess Diana in the 1993 TV movie “Diana: Her True Story,” which is based on the book of the same name by British journalist Andrew Morton. At the time, Entertainment Weekly raved about David’s performance, writing, “Charles … has found his dead ringer in David Threlfall. Threlfall has a horsey, long-jawed face that is similar in shape to the prince’s, but the actor has brought his own witty technique to the role: not merely stiffening his upper lip but freezing it, while constantly chewing on the lower one, with the result that Charles’ upper-class-twit voice always sounds faintly strangled and agonized.”

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Back in 1996, “Princess in Love” hit the small screen with Christopher Bowen playing Prince Charles. The television film focused less on Princess Diana’s unhappy marriage to the future monarch and more on her affair and romance with Captain James Hewitt — and it was actually based on a book of the same name to which the handsome British army officer contributed. Charles’s then-mistress Camilla Parker Bowles was also featured…

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A story about the end of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage has to feature Camilla Parker Bowles. Julia St. John took on the role of the other woman in Charles’s life in the 1996 television movie “Princess in Love.”

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The Hallmark Channel brought Prince William and Princess Kate’s love story to the small screen with “William and Catherine: A Royal Romance.” Actor Victor Garber took on the role of Prince Charles in the 2011 flick. At the time, he told People magazine about a big similarity he shares with the current king, quipping, “I’m playing Prince Charles, of course — we have the same ears.”

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Jean Smart brought Camilla Parker Bowles to life in Hallmark’s “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” in 2011. Of playing the real-life royal, she told The Register Citizen, “I really liked the way she was portrayed in the script, and a very sympathetic, likeable character, and I thought she … deserved that.”

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Julian Baring played a school-aged Prince Charles on season 2 of “The Crown” in 2017.

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Princess Diana’s story got the Broadway treatment with “Diana: The Musical.” (Though the COVID-19 pandemic set the show back more than a year and a half, it eventually opened in November 2021.) Roe Hartrampf played the role of Prince Charles. “One thing I learned about Prince Charles that I wasn’t expecting is about his humanity — what a good person he is at his core,” Roe told Broadway.com. “I think that having maybe some of the worst years of his life play out so openly in the media gives us a certain impression of him. It’s part of my job to strip away those preconceived notions and try and find the human being at the center of this character.”

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Erin Davie hit the Broadway stage as Camilla Parker Bowles in “Diana: The Musical,” which debuted in 2021. “I think the most interesting part of [her] love story [with Prince Charles] is how hard it must have been for them to pine for each other and not be together for so long,” Erin told the New York Post. Like her on-screen love, played by Roe Hartrampf, she also felt sympathetic toward the woman she portrayed and hoped the now-king and his queen consort appreciated their fictitious take on real-life events. “Our intention is not to make fun of anybody or cause tension. The musical is made with affection and love for these people and their stories. It’s to celebrate them and bring joy and humor to our audience,” she explained.

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Billy Jenkins played a young Prince Charles on season 1 of “The Crown” in 2016.

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Steve Coulter took on the role of Prince Charles in the 2018 Lifetime television movie “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance,” which fictionalized the love story of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan. Next up? A look at who played his Camilla…

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Canadian actress Deborah Ramsay played the role of Queen Consort Camilla — who was then known as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall — in “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” on Lifetime. The star had a blast in the part, and shared many photos on Instagram.

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Lifetime’s take on Prince William and Duchess Kate’s romance didn’t include a Camilla! In the network’s 2011 TV movie “William and Kate,” Ben Cross portrayed Prince Charles.





















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