Here's how the cast of 'The Crown' compares to the real-life royals

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The real Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, left, and the Queen as portrayed by Claire Foy on "The Crown," right.

Netflix's new original series "The Crown" rehashes all the royal drama behind Queen Elizabeth II's rise to the British throne.

Critics have raved about the cast's performances - but the actors on the show aren't just talented. They also look a lot like the real people that their roles are based on.

Here's how the actors compare to the real people they play on the show.

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Claire Foy plays Queen Elizabeth II in the early days of her reign.

Claire Foy plays Queen Elizabeth II in the early days of her reign.

Here's what the Queen really looked like at her coronation in 1953. She was 25 years old.

Here's what the Queen really looked like at her coronation in 1953. She was 25 years old.

Matt Smith plays the queen's husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Matt Smith plays the queen's husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

This is what Prince Philip looked like when he married Elizabeth in 1947.

This is what Prince Philip looked like when he married Elizabeth in 1947.

These young actors portray Elizabeth and Philip's two oldest children, Prince Charles (future father of Prince William and Prince Harry) and Princess Anne.

These young actors portray Elizabeth and Philip's two oldest children, Prince Charles (future father of Prince William and Prince Harry) and Princess Anne.

Here's a picture of the adorable royal siblings in 1952.

Here's a picture of the adorable royal siblings in 1952.

They would soon be joined by two more brothers: Prince Andrew in 1960 and Prince Edward in 1964.

Vanessa Kirby portrays Princess Margaret, the queen's younger sister.

Vanessa Kirby portrays Princess Margaret, the queen's younger sister.

Here's a young Margaret at a ball in 1949.

Here's a young Margaret at a ball in 1949.

Victoria Hamilton plays Queen Elizabeth I — the mother of Margaret and Elizabeth II.

Victoria Hamilton plays Queen Elizabeth I — the mother of Margaret and Elizabeth II.

Here's the real Elizabeth I in 1949. She lived to be an impressive 101 years old.

Here's the real Elizabeth I in 1949. She lived to be an impressive 101 years old.

Eileen Atkins plays Queen Mary, Elizabeth II's grandmother and wife of King George V.

Eileen Atkins plays Queen Mary, Elizabeth II's grandmother and wife of King George V.

The real-life Queen Mary died in 1936, four years after this portrait was taken.

The real-life Queen Mary died in 1936, four years after this portrait was taken.

Jared Harris plays King George VI, Elizabeth II's father. He claimed the throne in 1937 after his older brother gave it up in order to marry an American socialite.

Jared Harris plays King George VI, Elizabeth II's father. He claimed the throne in 1937 after his older brother gave it up in order to marry an American socialite.

Here's the king at his coronation in 1937. Elizabeth II became queen directly following his death in 1952.

Here's the king at his coronation in 1937. Elizabeth II became queen directly following his death in 1952.

Side note: This is the king that the film "The King's Speech" is all about.

Alex Jennings plays King Edward VIII, who stepped down from the throne in 1936 to marry a divorced American. It was a scandalous, unprecedented move.

Alex Jennings plays King Edward VIII, who stepped down from the throne in 1936 to marry a divorced American. It was a scandalous, unprecedented move.

Edward's reign didn't even last a full year. Here he is after the abdication, in 1940.

Edward's reign didn't even last a full year. Here he is after the abdication, in 1940.

Lia Williams plays Edward VIII's wife, Wallis Simpson. She was divorced twice before she married the royal.

Lia Williams plays Edward VIII's wife, Wallis Simpson. She was divorced twice before she married the royal.

Williams looks remarkably like the real Wallis Simpson, pictured here in 1936.

Williams looks remarkably like the real Wallis Simpson, pictured here in 1936.

Ben Miles plays Peter Townsend, an officer in the British Royal Air Force who had a controversial romance with Princess Margaret.

Ben Miles plays Peter Townsend, an officer in the British Royal Air Force who had a controversial romance with Princess Margaret.

This is what Townsend looked like in real life.

This is what Townsend looked like in real life.

Greg Wise portrays Prince Philip's uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who served in the Royal Navy.

Greg Wise portrays Prince Philip's uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who served in the Royal Navy.

This is Mountbatten in 1943.

This is Mountbatten in 1943.

John Lithgow plays British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

John Lithgow plays British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Lithgow had to wear a fat suit to portray the politician.

Lithgow had to wear a fat suit to portray the politician.

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Jeremy Northam plays Anthony Eden, a British politician who eventually succeeded Churchill as Prime Minister.

Jeremy Northam plays Anthony Eden, a British politician who eventually succeeded Churchill as Prime Minister.

Northam nailed the real Eden's distinctive mustache.

Northam nailed the real Eden's distinctive mustache.

Harriet Walter portrays Churchill's wife, Clementine.

Harriet Walter portrays Churchill's wife, Clementine.

This is the real Clementine in 1944.

This is the real Clementine in 1944.
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