A HOLYWELL-born actor will be taking on a royal role.

Jonathan Pryce has confirmed he will play the Duke of Edinburgh in upcoming series of The Crown, saying it is a "daunting prospect".

The Flintshire-born actor will star in the final two seasons - five and six - of the Netflix drama alongside Imelda Staunton as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret.

The 73-year-old said in a statement on Twitter: "The positive experience I had making The Two Popes (another Netflix production) has given me the confidence to tackle the daunting prospect of playing Prince Philip.

"To be doing so with (the show's creator and writer) Peter Morgan in the company of Imelda and Lesley will be a joy."

The Duke of Edinburgh has previously been played in the series by actors Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies.