Matt Smith and Claire Foy
Matt Smith (L) poses with Claire Foy as they arrive for the world premiere of "The Crown" at Leicester Square in London, Britain November 1, 2016. Reuters/Eddie Keogh

Fans, who can’t simply wait for the return of “The Crown” on the small screen, recently received a sweet treat when photos from Season 2 emerged. Behind-the-scene shots of the Netflix period drama circulated online and gave a glimpse of lead stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith.

In the photos posted by, Smith is seen looking dapper with his double-breasted jacket and a pair of beige pants. The actor, who plays Prince Philip, is also seen walking with co-star Daniel Ings, who is also known from the British sitcom “Lovesick.” Smith is snapped riding a black 1956 Aston Martin Lagonda Coupe.

Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in the series, appears to take a break from her perennially poised character. In one photo, she is seen munching on a puff pastry while filming in London. While she is aptly dressed in a terracotta-coloured dress with a pleated skirt and a coat, her footwear – a pair of Ugg boots – seems to spell comfort, not royal.

Her style, however, doesn’t diminish the fact that she has given a critically acclaimed performance as the queen in Season 1. As testament to her acting props, Foy took home the best actress award at the 74th Golden Globe Awards. However, while the 32-year-old actress continues to win over fans, it seems the upcoming season would be her last appearance in the hit biopic series.

Back in December last year, Foy revealed that her days in “The Crown” are already numbered. “After two seasons, that’s it. I’m gone. They’re getting rid of all of us,” she said in an interview with Vulture. “I don’t how they’re planning on doing it, but they’re such an incredible bunch of directors and producers that it’s gonna be different and exciting.”

“The Crown” Season 1, released in November, depicted the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 until events occurring in 1955. The successful drama television series, created and written by Peter Morgan, bagged two Golden Globes last year. It even bested other series – including “Game of Thrones” – for the best drama award.

As early as last year, “The Crown” has been tagged as Netflix’s most expensive TV series. It was reported that the company spent more than £100 million (AU$160.4 million) on the 10-episode biopic drama. Earlier this month, Coinage -- Time Inc.’s personal finance video company -- revealed that Season 1 cost Netflix US$130 million (AU$171 million). According to an article by Entertainment Weekly, the company’s other expensive shows include its original series “Sense8,” which reportedly comes at US$9 million (AU$11.85 million) per episode, as well as Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down,” with a US$120 million (AU$158 million) per season.

Watch out for more “The Crown” spoilers and updates. “The Crown” Season 2 is expected to air on Netflix in November.