Steve Coogan ‘not a monarchist’ despite recent royal projects

Steve Coogan admits he is “not a monarchist” but has a great deal of respect for the late Queen, having recently taken on numerous projects involving the royal family.

His upcoming comedy-drama as actor and comedian, The Lost King, is about a fictional version of King Richard III’s remains beneath a Leicester car park in 2012 and is expected launching next month.

But he has his sights set on his next project – a film based on the book To Catch A King, the story of Charles II, written by Diana’s brother, Princess of Wales, Earl Spencer.


The actor’s upcoming film, The Lost King, is about a fictional version of King Richard III’s remains beneath a Leicester car park in 2012 (Ian West/PA)

Speaking about his next royal project at The Lost King premiere in London, Coogan said he and Earl Spencer were “connected” in their approach to Charles II’s story.

“He was pleased because I wanted to produce and tell the story that Charles wrote in his book… another story about a king,” he told the PA news agency.

“He and I are connected in terms of our approach to the story, which is an interesting story (about) Charles II.

“It’s not really about royalty, it’s about how a powerful man is taken down by commoners.”


It stars Harry Lloyd (rc) and Sally Hawkins (lc), King Richard III and Langley respectively, as well as Mark Addy (l) (Ian West/PA)

When asked if he considers himself a monarchist, he replied: “No, I am not a monarchist, but it is worth noting that I must add that I have immense and unwavering respect for the late Queen – that’s a separate thing.

“Those who have shown a dedicated duty (like the Queen) deserve respect.”

He added that his latest project, The Lost King, is an “impressive retelling” of the story, which he previously told The Observer is a “prequel to where we’re at.” stayed with King Charles III”.

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The film follows amateur historian Phillipa Langley and her relentless quest to find the remains of the controversial king when it encounters strong opposition from prominent British historians.

It stars Harry Lloyd and Sally Hawkins, as King Richard III and Langley, as well as Mark Addy.

“You have to sort out what you do and are not told…. very hard but we’ve done this before,” Coogan told PA.

“We told the story in a way that people could relate to… it was about an ordinary person, an ordinary person, doing something extraordinary.”

The Lost King arrives in UK cinemas on October 7, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the discovery of Richard III’s remains. Steve Coogan ‘not a monarchist’ despite recent royal projects

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