The Crown season 3 cast: Who plays President Johnson? Meet the star behind JFK’s successor

Netflix dropped the new series of The Crown yesterday (November 17) with all 10 episodes made available at once as per the streaming platform’s format. Season three tackled a range of events challenging the Royal Family over a period of just over a decade. Among the historical events depicted onscreen included Princess Margaret’s (played by Helena Bonham Carter) mission to the White House to meet President Lyndon B. Johnson (Clancy Brown) and come up with a deal to bail out Britain with a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Crown season 2

Episode two of The Crown saw Princess Margaret commanded by her sister Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) to attend a dinner at the White House with LBJ after he turned down a visit to Buckingham Palace.

Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon (Ben Daniels) were in America on an informal visit and heading to New York when they were forced to change their plans at the Queen’s behest.

Both the Queen and Prime Minister Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins) had reservations about Margaret’s abilities in the diplomatic sphere given her fiery and at times mercurial personality.

However, Princess Margaret’s visit was an unmitigated success and she delivered on the IMF bailout while having an outrageous time in the process with a drinking contest and risqué limerick competition.

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Who plays President Johnson in The Crown?

American star Brown portrays LBJ, the successor to John F. Kennedy (Michael C. Hall) in The Crown.

Hailing from Urbana, Ohio, Brown was born on January 5, 1959 to a composer and concert pianist mother and a newspaper publisher father.

The 60-year-old actor has had a career spanning 30 years starting in the Eighties.

His previous projects include Bad Boys, Highlander, Starship Troopers, The Shawshank Redemption and the HBO series Carnivàle.

He was most recently in the drama Billions starring opposite Damien Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

The actor is also known for ABC thriller Emergence which sees a police officer caught up in a mystery.

Brown has racked up an impressive list of credits as a voice actor as well with roles in SpongeBob Squarepants, Lego Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

He has worked across the DC and Marvel animated universes and has voiced the character of Lex Luthor for 12 years.

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The star has also voiced characters in video games such as Baron Praxis in the PlayStation 2 and Jango Fett’s rival Montross in Star Wars: Bounty Hunter; among many others.

Standing at 6ft 3in, Brown is often cast in roles as villains or authority figures, according to Empire.

Speaking about embarking on acting as a career, Brown told The AV Club in 2018 he was inspired by his neighbour.

He said: “So we started reading Shakespeare plays together. Just, you know, on our own time.

“Most kids would be out there shooting bottles, running in front of cars, or other crazy stuff.

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“This kid probably set me on the straight and narrow of the theater [sic] life, because I really liked reading Shakespeare.

“They had all these bloody things that happened to people, with swords and stabbings and whatnot, and I was really into that. And then you get seduced by the language, and I kind of fell in love with Shakespeare at an early age.

“Just loving it, though, but not aspiring to it or anything. Just being a fan of it, like I would a comic book.”

He went on to high school and college where he did some plays and after graduating he decided to give acting a go in earnest.

The Crown season 3 is streaming on Netflix now

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