AN unknown actor has landed a top role in The Crown — unfortunately as Prince Andrew.
Tom Byrne, 25, will play Randy Andy in the next series.
It is set in the late Seventies and Eighties when the Prince was a bed-hopping pin-up.
But the Duke of York, 60, is now tarred by his notorious friendship with the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
A TV insider said: “Tom probably couldn’t believe his luck when he was he landed a part playing a senior member of the royal family.
“After all, he’s yet to land a major TV role and the Netflix show is one of the most-watched dramas on the planet.
The 25-year-old Brit will play the Duke (pictured in 1978) in the upcoming series
“But his heart might have sunk when he found out he would be playing a man who is now known as being the pal of a notorious paedophile.”
Andrew faces allegations he coerced 17-year-old Virginia Roberts into having sex after she was flown to London by Epstein.
The Duke categorically denies any sexual contact or relationship with the now 36-year-old.
On the show Andrew will be seen having a string of romances before finally marrying Sarah Ferguson in 1986
Tom, who graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and had small roles in Sky drama A Discovery of Witches and Channel 4’s, Black Mirror.
The Queen’s second son will be seen finally marrying Sarah Ferguson.
Lawyers for Andrew’s ex Koo Stark, 63, have warned that depicting her as a minx could see them take legal action.
Andrew faces allegations he coerced 17-year-old Virginia Roberts into having sex after she was flown to London by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein