On the verge of leaving drama school, Erin Doherty and her fellow students sat in a circle and predicted how each would be cast in their future careers. “I got ‘cowboy’,” Doherty exclaims, bemused. She looks sad for an instant. “I have never played a cowboy. They were really wrong.”

But think laterally: hard-riding, taciturn, loves horses, hates small talk, truly resents a posh frock. Yes, it’s a cowboy — but also Princess Anne. That’s the role Doherty, already a fan favourite as a stage actor, landed in the new run of The Crown, the award-gobbling Netflix sensation.

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