Erin Doherty had 'minor meltdown' after landing The Crown role

Erin Doherty

Actress Erin Doherty suffered a "minor meltdown" after landing the role of British royal Princess Anne in The Crown.

The star joined the hit Netflix show for its third season and, speaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival Awards, she confessed the pressure of playing a well-known public figure got to her.

"I have hidden from a lot of it (press attention). It is your thing for so long, and then it is released and people are suddenly aware of you," the actress, who has appeared in TV show Call The Midwife and the BBC's version of Les Miserables, said, reported U.K. newspaper the Evening Standard. "It was an overload for me. So I turned away from it. I got the job. And then I had a minor meltdown. I thought so many people will be like, 'She wasn't what I thought she would be.' I had to be like, 'You know what, this is my version of this woman.'

"Also, not a lot of people of our generation knew her. So in a way it was an introduction."

And despite feeling prepared after studying videos of Queen Elizabeth II's daughter on YouTube, she confessed working alongside such a high-profile cast also affected her.

"The whole first week for me was like, 'Erin, calm down,'" the 27-year-old insisted. "My legs were shaking. I was shaking because there was Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Colman. It was a lot."

Season three of The Crown is out now. It was recently announced that the show will end after a fifth series, with Imelda Staunton playing The Queen.

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