Helena Bonham Carter reveals she spent two-and-a-half hours a DAY having hair pieces put in on the set of The Crown - because Princess Margaret had a 'height complex'

  • Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret in latest series of Netflix hit
  • Revealed it took hours and a huge team to replicate the royal's signature hair 
  • Bonham Carter said the 5ft royal relied on hair pieces to give her extra height  
  • Visited Princess Margaret's hairdresser, who showed her lock of late royal's hair

Helena Bonham Carter has detailed the physical transformations herself and Olivia Colman were forced to undergo while playing Princess Margaret and the Queen in the latest series of The Crown. 

The 53-year-old actor revealed that it took 'two-and-a-half hours' and an 'army' of people to replicate the late royal's iconic hairdo, and told that it was because of the royal's 'height complex' that her hair got 'bigger and bigger' through the years. 

She also insisted that her co-star Olivia, 45, looked 'magical' while filming as the Queen for the show, and said it was like the monarch was 'in the room'.

The latest series of the hit Netflix show was released today. 

Helena Bonham Carter has detailed her physical transformation while playing Princess Margaret in Netflix royal series 'The Crown', saying she spent over two hours perfecting the late royal's look

Helena Bonham Carter has detailed her physical transformation while playing Princess Margaret in Netflix royal series 'The Crown', saying she spent over two hours perfecting the late royal's look

Princess Margaret pictured in the early 80s; the royal stood at just 5ft and had a 'complex' about her height, says Bonham Carter, who plays her in the new series of The Crown

Princess Margaret pictured in the early 80s; the royal stood at just 5ft and had a 'complex' about her height, says Bonham Carter, who plays her in the new series of The Crown

In an interview with the Mirror's Notebook magazine, she said: 'Hair is a particularly big thing when you're playing someone so iconic. 

'The first time I saw Olivia in her wig, it was magical. It was like the Queen was in the room. ' 

She went on to speak about the height of the royal's hair, saying she thought Margaret opted for her large beehive style hair, as she was conscious about her height - just 5ft. 

'Because Margaret had a complex about only being 5ft tall, her hair got taller and taller. It wasn't the fashion at the time. She just carried on putting on hair pieces, as if they were a mask.' 

Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in the show and Helena insisted it was like the monarch was 'in the room'

 Olivia Colman portrays Queen Elizabeth II in the show and Helena insisted it was like the monarch was 'in the room' 

She also insisted that her co-star Olivia, 45, from Norwich, looked 'magical' while filming as Queen Elizabeth II for the show

She also insisted that her co-star Olivia, 45, from Norwich, looked 'magical' while filming as Queen Elizabeth II for the show

The actress revealed that Margaret even had to have the seat of her car raised so she appeared to be taller. 

She went on: 'It took two-and-a-half hours every morning to look like her, I had an army of people to make sure I was immaculate.' 

The star told that her beauty team worked from a large book of pictures depicting the royal's style throughout the years, and she later met the royal's personal hairdresser - who brought with him a lock of her hair. 

Earlier this week, the costume designer for hit drama revealed how she uses colour to give 'armour' to the 'bruised' Princess Margaret, while the Queen wears 'sugar-almond' palette in the latest season.

Earlier this week, the costume designer for hit drama revealed how she uses colour to give 'armour' to the 'bruised' Princess Margaret

Earlier this week, the costume designer for hit drama revealed how she uses colour to give 'armour' to the 'bruised' Princess Margaret

Amy Roberts, from London , told how he Queen wears 'sugar-almond' palette in the latest season

Amy Roberts, from London , told how he Queen wears 'sugar-almond' palette in the latest season 

Amy Roberts, from London, created a total of 525 outfits for the third season of the Netflix drama, which is available from Sunday 17 November.

She told Hello! magazine that she used a 'bruised' colour palette of aubergine, oranges and olive green for Helena Bonham Carter's Princess Margaret in the series, and suggested the use of colour is 'like an armour'.

Meanwhile, Olivia Coleman's Queen Elizabeth is dressed in a 'sugar almond' palette, having settled into life as a mother and royal in the third season of the drama. 

Amy, who took over from series two's costume designer Jane Petrie, created 525 outfits for the upcoming series, which is set between 1964-1977. 

She revealed that it is Princess Margaret's costumes in the series which most reflect her state of mind.

She said: 'I try to reflect the rootlessness and toxicity in Margaret...We used more flamboyant styles and fabrics to try to point out that wildness with no direction.'

The costume designer went on to say that characters didn't always wear 'dreary' clothing when they felt emotional, revealing: 'Sometimes it's an armour.

Helena Bonham Carter calls Olivia Colman's transformation in The Crown 'magical'

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