Emily In Paris star Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu is set to appear in series five of The Crown, and we’re seriously excited

The Crown and Emily In Paris fans: get excited.

Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu has been a star of French cinema for decades, and has now reached icon status across the world as Emily In Paris’ cut-throat businesswoman Sylvie (as well as a few killer appearances on the red carpet) – but now she’s announced that she’s set to join the cast of fellow globally-loved series The Crown. Génial!

In an interview with You magazine, she kept fairly schtum about the role, but added that she was “so, so happy” to be appearing in season five of the show.

“I’m not meant to say it, but I will anyway. It was a very small thing, but it was a lot of fun, and I was so, so happy to be in it,” she said, adding to the series: “It’s crazily well written.”

The Mail On Sunday later reported that Philippine would play Monique Ritz, the widow of Charles Ritz, who sold his eponymous Paris hotel to Mohamed Al Fayed in 1979.

It’s thought that her scenes will form part of the story of Princess Diana‘s final hours – as the royal and Mohamed’s son, Dodi Fayed, stayed at the hotel in August 1997, the night before their fatal car crash.

Philippine plays the powerful Sylvie Grattau in Emily In Paris


Philippine, who also revealed to the publication that she has turned down several roles because she doesn’t want to play another “French b**ch,” is undoubtedly beloved for her portrayal of Sylvie Grattau, the head of marketing firm Savoir in Emily in Paris.

The 58-year-old actor previously spoke to GLAMOUR about tackling the topic of ageing in season two of the show.

“It was fun to play because of that and to realise that no, we need to own our age and just love it for what it is,” she said. “A world where people cannot age is a dangerous world. I had a talk with my daughter, who’s 30, about this recently. She said, ‘Mom, I don’t want to live in a world where women cannot age.’ 

“I think it’s important to really own this ageing thing and not make it a problem, not make it something we can’t talk about. There’s no guilt or shame around ageing. This is something that happens to everybody, you know?”

She added: “I understand the insecurity, the pressure that we get, especially in our business. But if somebody doesn’t start saying, ‘This is my age, and this is who I am, my wrinkles are my wrinkles, I own my wrinkles, this is my whole life…’ it’s kind of sad. 

“Ageing gracefully is being a kinder person than you were when you were younger because life kind of polishes you. And having a better understanding of how people feel, who people are, and having more compassion and less competition with everybody else.”

Anyone else joining the PLB fan club?