The Crown’s Prince Andrew actor says he would ‘enjoy’ playing the disgraced king’s alleged misdeeds

The crown‘s Prince Andrew actor is not afraid to address the disgraced king’s alleged wrongdoing, he said.

James Murray plays the Duke of York in the fifth season of the hit Netflix series. Andrew was stripped of his military affiliation and royal patronage earlier this year after Virginia Giuffre filed a US civil sexual assault lawsuit against him – allegations he has consistently denied.

In March he paid Giuffre a financial settlement worth up to £12million.

In a new interview with diversityMurray said he enjoyed playing “divisive” roles.

“My thoughts were ‘amazing, fantastic,'” Murray said upon finding out he’d landed the role of the controversial prince. “This is going to be a lot of fun.”

“The material is brilliant,” he added. “And concerns about what’s going on with Andrew in the press? Not really, because the first thing I had to do was pull away from all of that and just treat it as white noise and move on with the material that was put in front of me. I feel very honored and privileged to have been offered this role. And it was great fun to play.”

James Murray and Prince Andrew

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diversity Murray asked how he would have reacted if showrunner Peter Morgan had decided to dramatize Andrew’s friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the alleged leaks that resulted.

“I mean, don’t judge me for that, but I really enjoy playing challenging or divisive roles, or certainly scenes that might divide an audience because I think that’s fun,” he said.

“And I think from an actor’s point of view, if I’ve been given scenes in my career that have been shocking or divisive or provoke controversy or reaction, those are the funny scenes. But I know that’s not the case for every actor.

“So if I got those scenes, or if those scenes actually show up in season 6, I would enjoy them. I’ll enjoy them,” he added. “Because we’re doing a TV drama and it’s not a documentary. So, from an actor’s point of view, it’s a joy to play.”

In conversation with The IndependentMurray, 47, said it was “not as challenging as you might think [to empathise with Andrew].”

“We’re not dealing with the Andrew that’s been in the press lately, in season five we’re dealing with a young man going through a marital strife.”

Read The Independent‘s two-star review of the new series here. The Crown’s Prince Andrew actor says he would ‘enjoy’ playing the disgraced king’s alleged misdeeds


JOE HERNANDEZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JOE HERNANDEZ joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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