When Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s country home, was left to the National Trust, there was one noteworthy condition: The residence must always be home to a ginger tom cat with a white bib and four white paws, in memory of Churchill’s beloved pet, Jock.
There has been a bit of a controversy with the casting of John Lithgow, an American, in the role of Winston Churchill in the upcoming Netflix series, The Crown. But no matter what your feelings are in that regard, one must admit John Lithgow plays an outstanding Churchill. (See above video.)
Peter Morgan, the writer, cited “Churchill fatigue” within the British acting community for the decision to go with Lithgow. “There’s a point where every Knight of the Realm does his Winston Churchill,” Morgan said. Morgan credited casting director Nina Gold with the suggestion of Lithgow, who he described as “so startling and imaginative that it was an unanimous yes.”
Netflix will release the entire first series of The Crown this Friday, November 4.