Abdalla will portray the Harrods heir and Princess Diana's boyfriend in the fifth season.
British-Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla will star in the fifth season of the Netflix show titled The Crown.
He will play Dodi Fayed, the Egyptian billionaire scion who was romantically involved with Diana in her final months. The couple died together, along with their driver, in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Abdalla, best known for his roles in Hanna and the 2007 movie The Kite Runner, will appear opposite Elizabeth Debicki as the late Princess. Along with Abdalla’s casting, The Crown has booked Salim Daw (Oslo, The Bureau) to play Mohammed Al-Fayed, Dodi’s businessman father, who at the time of the couple’s death was the owner of iconic London department store Harrods.
Abdalla and Debicki will re-enact the relationship between the Princess of Wales and the Harrods heir that ended with both of their sudden deaths.
Meanwhile, Dominic West will portray Prince Charles and Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret.
Season five of The Crown is set to begin in the 1990s and while producers are staying tight-lipped over what storylines will be featured on the show, viewers can expect a glimpse into Diana’s life after Charles.