The Crown back in Netflix's global top 10 following Queen's death

Claire Foy as the Queen in season one of The Crown. Credit: Instagram/Netflix

Season one of The Crown was one of Netflix's top 10 most viewed shows in the week the Queen died, it has been revealed.

The series landed in seventh position for TV shows in the English language, with nearly 17.6 million hours viewed globally in the week of September 5-11.

In a statement, Netflix said "HRH Queen Elizabeth II was in the hearts and minds of viewers" as many fans revisited the show.

Claire Foy starred as the Queen in the first series of the royal drama, which debuted to rave reviews in November 2016.

The British actress, 38, has spoken of the honour of playing the monarch on screen, describing her as a "massive symbol of continuity and dignity and grace".

Olivia Colman plays the Queen in seasons three and four. Credit: Netflix

Speaking to the BBC at the Toronto Film Festival, she said: "I think that she was an incredible monarch.

"She united people and she was a massive symbol of continuity and dignity and grace."

Foy added: "My main feeling is just thinking about her as a mother and a grandmother and a great-grandmother, really, and I'm very honoured to have been a teeny-tiny, small part of her story."

Season one saw Matt Smith playing Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and John Lithgow starring as Sir Winston Churchill.

The series followed the Queen from her marriage to Philip in 1947 to the resignation of her first prime minister, Sir Winston, in 1955.

It also took in the death of King George VI and the Queen's subsequent ascension to the throne.

Vanessa Kirby portrayed Princess Margaret, and much of the series was also devoted to telling the story of her romance with RAF officer Peter Townsend.

The dramatised retelling of the Royal family's history, starting from the death of the late Queen's father, George VI, in 1952, has won multiple awards across its four seasons.

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It's also become one of Netflix's most streamed shows - although The Crown has also been criticised for historical inaccuracies. Filming on the latest series of The Crown was halted following the death of the Queen last Thursday.

A Netflix spokesperson confirmed: "As a mark of respect, filming on The Crown was suspended today. Filming will also be suspended on the day of Her Majesty the Queen's funeral."

The upcoming fifth series of the lavish royal drama, currently due to air in November, will see Dominic West star as Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales. The Crown was due to end after its fifth series, but the show's creator and writer Peter Morgan later said it will be extended to include a sixth.