Crowned in glory: How Peter Morgan became Britain’s pre-eminent dramatic archaeologist

The son of war refugees, screenwriter Peter Morgan says he has ‘never felt fully British’, which may explain his willingness to dissect the country’s most venerable institutions in series like The Crown, which begins a new season this week on Netflix

Peter Morgan: season five of his series The Crown begins this week on Netflix. Illustration: Peter Hanan

In brief:

Name and job: Peter Morgan; screenwriter and playwright

Age: 59

Appearance: Boyish and unimposing, with pale blue eyes and a mischievous grin

Newsworthiness: Morgan has been criticised for blurring the line between fact and fiction in his Netflix drama The Crown, a chronology of the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II, just as the highly anticipated fifth season begins

In depth:

In the autumn of 2015, a brown manilla envelope embossed with ...