The Crown's Olivia Colman transforms into Queen Elizabeth II in time-lapse video as co-star Helena Bonham Carter calls it a 'magical' moment

She can currently be seen as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown's third season, which was released on Netflix on Sunday.

And Olivia Colman's transformation into the royal was showcased in a time-lapse video, which was presented as part of a new featurette about the show that was released on Wednesday.

In the clip, the actress, 45, was seen chatting amicably with the hair and make-up crew in their trailer, before they got to work getting her into character.

Before: Olivia was seen chatting amicably with the hair and make-up crew in their trailer, before they got to work getting into character
After: Wow! Olivia Colman transformed into Queen Elizabeth II in time-lapse video as co-star Helena Bonham Carter called it a 'magical' moment in a featurette that was on Wednesday

Wow! Olivia Colman transformed into Queen Elizabeth II in time-lapse video as co-star Helena Bonham Carter called it a 'magical' moment in a featurette that was  on Wednesday

They covered her short brunette hair with a perfectly permed wig that replicated Queen Elizabeth's waved locks and was then covered with a pink scarf to protect it.

Adding to her look, the make-up team put on a sick of dark pink lipstick and black eyeliner to highlight her natural beauty.

Of her professionalism, hair and make-up designer Cate Hall said: 'For Olivia it feels like the most valuable thing is to have a lovely time in hair and make-up and then inhabit the Queen once the process is over.'

Ready to go: The team covered her short brunette hair in a perfectly permed wig that replicated Queen Elizabeth's waved locks and was then covered with a pink scarf to protect it

Ready to go: The team covered her short brunette hair in a perfectly permed wig that replicated Queen Elizabeth's waved locks and was then covered with a pink scarf to protect it

While the actress said of getting into character: 'The queen has a different outfit for almost every scene, and they're all handmade and all beautiful. 

'There were a couple days of camera tests, but they were doing their thing and trying to figure out what colours look right under the lights and things, and then you realise you're in really good hands, these people know what they are doing.'

Meanwhile, Olivia's co-star Helena Bonham Carter called the transformation a 'magical' experience because it felt like 'the Queen is in the room.'

Impressed: Helena called the transformation a 'magical' experience because it felt like 'the Queen is in the room'

Impressed: Helena called the transformation a 'magical' experience because it felt like 'the Queen is in the room'

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Gushing: Hair and make-up designer Cate Hall said: 'For Olivia it feels like the most valuable thing is to have a lovely time in hair and make-up and then inhabit the Queen'

Gushing: Hair and make-up designer Cate Hall said: 'For Olivia it feels like the most valuable thing is to have a lovely time in hair and make-up and then inhabit the Queen'

Peter Morgan, the show's writer and creator, gushingly said of the lead actress: 'There's a relatability and a humility, and a bit like the Queen she doesn't overthink it, she just turns up and does it.'

Replacing Claire Foy, leading lady Olivia portrays the Queen as she navigates her way through the 1960s and '70s, a rapidly shifting cultural, political and economical landscape for the United Kingdom.

Also appearing in the series are Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip, Helena as Princess Margaret, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, and Ben Daniels as Anthony Armstrong Jones, the Earl of Snowdon. 

All episodes of The Crown Season 3 are now available globally on Netflix.

Admiration: Peter Morgan, the show's writer and creator, gushingly said of the lead actress: 'There's a relatability and a humility, and a bit like the Queen she doesn't overthink it'

Admiration: Peter Morgan, the show's writer and creator, gushingly said of the lead actress: 'There's a relatability and a humility, and a bit like the Queen she doesn't overthink it'

Watch now: All episodes of The Crown Season 3 are now available globally on Netflix

Watch now: All episodes of The Crown Season 3 are now available globally on Netflix

The Crown's Olivia Colman transforms into Queen Elizabeth II in time-lapse video

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