British-born Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla will star in Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning series “The Crown“.
Abdalla is set to play Dodi Fayed, the boyfriend of late Princess Diana, in the much-anticipated fifth season of the series.
Salim Daw has been cast as Dodi’s father, billionaire, and former Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed.
The late princess became romantically involved with Dodi in the summer of 1997. Their relationship caused a paparazzi frenzy around the world that ended when they both died in a tragic car crash in Paris a few months later.
Abdalla will star alongside Elizabeth Debicki, who is taking over the role of Princess Diana from Emma Corrin, who played a young Diana in Season 4.
The season featured the princess meeting and marrying a young Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and dealing with the stress of worldwide fame.
It also highlighted the princess’s struggle with an eating disorder and her affair with James Hewitt (Daniel Donskoy) after learning of Charles’ romance with Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennel).
Prince Charles will be played by Dominic West in the fifth and sixth seasons, taking over from Josh O’Connor.
The fifth season also stars Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, and Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major.
“The Crown” premiered in 2016 and centered around the royal family through several periods, starting in the late 1940s and early 1950s with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s marriage and early careers.
The series will conclude with season 6, taking the series up to the early 2000s.