A former head girl has landed her first professional acting role playing Kate Middleton in Netflix’s The Crown.

Meg Bellamy, 19, won her debut role after submitting self-taped auditions for a casting call issued on social media.

Also making professional screen debuts are Ed McVey, 21, and 16-year-old Rufus Kampa, both as Prince William.

All three actors will star in the show’s sixth and final season, which begins filming this autumn.

Netflix had previously announced the award-winning semi-fictional drama would end after five seasons.

But creator Peter Morgan had a change of heart after it became clear a sixth would be needed to “do justice to the richness and complexity of the story”.

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