‘That’s hilarious’ The Girl Before star speaks out on playing Meghan Markle in The Crown

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BBC’s The Girl Before is based on JP Deleany’s novel of the same name, and also stars former EastEnders actress Jessica Plummer as Emma. The four-part drama explores the women’s relationship with Edward (David Oyelowo), and their own traumas from the past. Jane star Gugu, 38, has been unofficially lined up by fans to play Meghan Markle in future episodes of Netflix’s The Crown, which she said she was “flattered” by.

Asked how she would feel if she was offered the role, the actress commented: “Oh my God, that’s hilarious.

“I’d be very flattered; I’d have to consider it.”

She added she feels sympathy towards Meghan and Prince Harry, adding: “I wish them luck. It’s a tricky transition to make.”

The actress was made an MBE back in 2018 for services to drama though.

She explained the moment she discovered a letter at her mother’s house.

“[It had] some sort of royal stamp on it,” she remarked.

“And I remember joking to my mum, ‘Oh, it’s probably the Damehood.’

“When I opened it, I was shocked. My mum was thrilled.”

Seeking to Tatler, Gugu continued by stating how charmed Americans tend to be by the Royal Family.

“It sort of feels like a fairytale from an American viewpoint.

“I’m sure it’s not an easy life. And I’m sure we don’t know the half of it. But I respect it.”

On her role in The Girl Before, she explained: “I thought it had an interesting combination of style and substance.

“The mystery of it was intriguing and also, to be quite honest, it gave me the chance to work in the UK after a long time on hiatus [in the US during the pandemic].

“She’s driven and ambitious. I probably share that with her.

“[But] I feel like Jane is very restrained…I think I’m much more lighthearted and carefree.”

The drama shows both women’s journeys after stumbling across a stunning house.

They have no idea the house comes with a dark past relating to architect Edward, one which he is not willing to share with prospective tenants straight away.

The episodes explore what happens to both women and how their stories ultimately lead to tragedy.

The Girl Before is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

The February issue of Tatler is available on newsstands and via digital download on Thursday 6th January.

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