Strictly's John Whaite gives fans a sneak peek at the set of Netflix's The Crown from his dressing room window

STRICTLY star John Whaite gave fans a sneak peek at the set of Netflix's The Crown from his dressing room window.

The chef's view at Elstree Studios looks directly onto the award-winning royal drama, with its huge green screens and trailers.



Panning across the set, John, dressed in a black vest, said: "How cool is that?"

He added: "I might start waiting around to see if I can see Imelda Staunton and say 'I didn't like you in Harry Potter because you were evil'."

Imelda will play Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming fifth series taking over from Olivia Colman, who recently won an Emmy for the portrayal.

The penultimate instalment covers the darkest years of the Queen's life, with the separation two of her sons from their wives, the great fire at Windsor Castle and the controversy surrounding the death of Princess Diana.

The Sun revealed two years ago how the sought-after role was going to Imelda – who is married to Downton Abbey star Jim Carter, 72, who played butler Mr Carson in the ITV period drama.

In Harry Potter she played villainous Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge who famously made students write lines that magically, and cruelly, carved into their skin.

Bake Off winner John is partnered with Johannes Radebe to make Strictly's first ever all-male pairing.

They impressed in week one with a powerful tango to New Order's Blue Monday that left Johannes in tears.

Tonight they will Cha Cha to Starstruck by Years & Years.

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