Jonny Lee Miller will play John Major in the upcoming series of The Crown, as the “grey man” is given a Netflix makeover.

Miller starred in the 1996 release Trainspotting as one of a band of heroin addicts navigating British society during Major’s tenure.

The former husband of Angelina Jolie, who has played dashing figures such as Lord Byron, will now portray the "grey man of politics" on the small screen.

Series five of the award-winning Netflix production is set to begin where it left off in series four, with the ousting of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher setting the stage for the leadership of Major.

It was during this period that Irvine Welsh wrote the 1993 novel Trainspotting, reflecting societal problems in Britain, which was later adapted into a film directed by Danny Boyle and starring Miller alongside Ewan McGregor.

The Crown has so far followed the fortunes of the the Royal Family from the early 1950’s up to 1990, and it has been speculated that the latest series of The Crown may take in the 1992 election victory of Major and the Conservatives

The series, which will reportedly start filming in July, will explore a difficult decade for the public image of the Royal Family.

The Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson announced their separation in 1992, as did the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. The Windsor Castle fire also broke out that same year.

Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris later in the decade during the tenure of Prime Minister Tony Blair, will be played by Elizabeth Debicki in the upcoming series, with Imelda Staunton taking over the role of the Queen from Oscar-winner Olivia Colman.

Jonathan Pryce will play the part of the Duke of Edinburgh.