El-Masry for the young years: Two actors play Mohamed Al-Fayed in "The Crown"

The cast of Season 5 of Netflix series The Crown continues to take shape.

El-Masry for the young years: Two actors play Mohamed Al-Fayed in "The Crown"

The cast of Season 5 of Netflix series The Crown continues to take shape. Two actors appear in front of the camera to portray the father of Dodi Al-Fayed, Princess Diana's last lover. A trade journal draws conclusions about the plot.

Actor Amir El-Masry will become billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed in the upcoming fifth season of Netflix series The Crown. As first reported by the industry magazine "Variety", the aspiring star embodies the father of Princess Diana's (1961-1997) last partner, Dodi Al-Fayed (1955-1997), at a young age. El-Masry himself is 31 years old, billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed 93. The streaming service has confirmed the cast, but has not given any further details. According to the report, 71-year-old Salim Daw will embody an older version of Al-Fayed in the hit series.

Little is known about the exact storyline. However, Variety speculates that the cast of Al-Fayed will shed light on both the final months of Princess Diana's life and the backstory of the businessman who owned, among other things, London's luxury department store Harrods. Al-Fayed accused Prince Philip (1921-2021) of having Diana murdered after the accidental deaths of his son and Diana in 2008. The royal family wanted to prevent Prince Charles' ex-wife from marrying a Muslim man and having a child by him, according to his publicly expressed assumption.

Amir El-Masry is a Cairo-born, London-raised actor who made his mark in the 2016 mini-series 'The Night Manager' opposite Tom Hiddleston. Most recently, he played a Syrian asylum seeker who lives on a small Scottish island in the drama "Limbo". For this he received the BAFTA Scotland Acting Award. El-Masry also played Commander Trach in The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth episode of the Star Wars film series.

Other well-known stars of the fifth season of "The Crown" include Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles and Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major.

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