If you’ve recently been gripped by the dramas at Buckingham Palace playing out on Netflix’s The Crown, you may have noticed some familiar faces on the screen.
Twins from a Rugby school made their acting debut on the award-winning show, appearing alongside some of the main characters, and it is not a performance you want to miss.
Twin brothers Evan and Brandon Whitt ,who attend the Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, were up against fierce competition to play Lord Mountbatten’s grandchildren.
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The duo, who are now in Year 11, attended auditions in London, and were selected to play Timothy and Nicholas Knatchbull who featured on screen in episode 1 of the new season of the hit show, which premiered on Sunday November 15.
In the scenes, set in Sligo, Ireland, Brandon and Evan played Timothy and Nicholas the grandchildren of the Queen’s cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten who has been portrayed in a number of episodes by veteran actor Charles Dance.
The twins’ scenes mirror real life events and end in tragedy as the fishing boat they are travelling on is the target of an IRA bomb attack in which Lord Mountbatten was assassinated.
The attack, which took place in 1979, left Nicholas Knatchbull, along with local boy Paul Maxwell and the Dowager Lady Brabourne, all dead.
Speaking about the experience, the twins said: “Filming for The Crown felt very surreal, in the past we’ve filmed adverts, but this was the biggest production we’ve been a part of.
“We knew we were going to be a part of something big, but had to keep it quiet until it was released on Netflix.
“When we were filming all of the cast and crew were very welcoming and made the experience really enjoyable.
“This experience has really encouraged us to keep going with our acting careers and we hope to be involved in more productions, and projects, in the future.”
During the week long filming process, which took place in Scotland, Evan and Brandon spent time rehearsing, learning their lines and shooting their scenes multiple times to capture the perfect take.
The boys also had chance, when not filming, to spend time with the other actors cast in their scenes. Brandon also met Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in season 3 and 4 of the award winning show, as he filmed a number of additional scenes.
Alison Davies, headteacher at Avon Valley said: “This is has been a wonderful achievement for Evan and Brandon, who are both keen actors, and were attracted to our school because of our performing arts status.
“We’ve known about their appearance in The Crown for some time, but have had to keep it under wraps until it premiered this month.
“Both boys are currently studying hard for their upcoming exams whilst keeping their eyes open for further acting opportunities.”