A comedian who left Twitter in stitches with his hilarious spoof of The Crown has revealed he’s ‘impressed’ that Gillian Anderson has been ‘such a good sport about it.’
In a video which has now gone viral on Twitter, Kieran Hodgson, from Yorkshire, wowed fans of the Netflix drama with his impeccable imitations of the main cast, from Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II to Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher.
And while historian Simon Schama told how he choked on his porridge with laughter, Gillian Anderson took to Twitter to brand the act ‘genius.’
‘I’m impressed at her being such a good sport about it,’ he said, speaking to The Telegraph. ‘The fact that she could see it for what it was [suggested] I hadn’t been too cruel to the actors.’
As Margaret Thatcher, Yorkshire comedian Kieran Hodgson perfectly captured how Gillian Anderson portrayed the UK’s first female Prime Minister
After seeing the comedy act, Gillian Anderson took to Twitter to brand Kieran’s impression ‘genius.’ Pictured, as Margaret Thatcher in series four of The Crown
For Margaret Thatcher, Kieran perfectly recreated the husky voice of Gillian Anderson as Britain’s first female Prime Minister.
Speaking as the politician, the comedian said she didn’t like to ‘shoot animals’ but she ‘liked shooting Argentines,’ – a reference to the Falklands War which featured in the fourth season.
Kieran says he’s spent eight months in total trying to determine what makes for a hit video online.
‘A huge element is succinctness: speed of editing, speed of ideas, and not being afraid to throw a great amount of content into a small amount of time,’ he explained. ‘That suited The Crown perfectly.’
The comedian left Twitter in stitches with his humourous recap of the Crown (pictured as the Queen saying ‘Oh Dear’
Fans of the comedian, including historian Simon Schama who ‘hocked on his porridge’, loved the hysterical video
The comedian adds that his spoof recap of the show was ‘instinctive’ – and that he wrote the script in around 45 minutes, while it took him three hours to perform, edit and upload it.
While Kieran may not have made money from the video, he has been delighted with its success.
‘ had the collywobbles as I was doing it. I had a feeling that if it worked, it could go pretty decently but my expectations have been incredibly surpassed,’ he told the publication.
During the clip, Kieran summarises the main traits of Princess Margaret and the Prince of Wales and other key members of the Royal Family and cast.
Fans applauded Kieran’s comedic timing, with some going so far as to say he should be nominated for a BAFTA or Academy Award.
In his brutal portrayal of Prince Charles, pictured, a whiny Kieran kept repeating how much he disliked Diana and wished she were Camilla Parker-Bowles
As Diana, pictured, the comedian kept repeating how nicely he was dressed and saying ‘but I’m ever so unhappy’
‘A little treat for fans of #TheCrown ! Bad TV Impressions: The Crown Season 4,’ the comedian wrote on Twitter.
In the video, Kieran expertly changed his expressions to match those of the characters he was portraying.
He also made some outfit switches to remind the viewers of who was who, like wearing a scarf while portraying the Queen.
The video started with a particularly whiny Charles saying: ‘What am I going to do in this series, Mummy? I’ve already learned Welsh, there’s nowhere else for me to go.’
The camera then jumped to Kieran with a scarf over his head, portraying the Queen, who replied: ‘Oh dear’ – which became her catchphrase throughout the short clip.
Lord Mountbatten, who dies in the first episode of the new series, was also imitated by the comedian as saying: ‘Dear Charles, for God’s sake, pull yourself together and marry Princess Diana already.
‘This programme cannot survive another series of Anne showjumping,’ he added, referencing the focus on Anne’s career as an Olympic equestrian in series three, which is referenced in series four.
Kieran armed himself with a pair of shades, a scarf and a glass to best portray Princess Margaret
Then, cocking his head to the side to adopt the recognisable pose of Diana, the comedian said: ‘I’m terribly sorry I’m dressed as a tree. Should we get unhappily married?’
To which his Charles replied: ‘I don’t want to marry you, I hate you. Yes.’
Later, Charles could also be seen complaining to Camilla Parker-Bowles that Diana was ‘uncouth’ and that he wished she was ‘as sophisticated’ as his lover and would tell jokes about people having sex with bears – as Charles ans Camilla are shown to do in the Netflix drama.
Other peripheral members of the cast received a mention, such as Camilla Parker-Bowles calling Charles ‘Fred’ and Princess Margaret – wearing her trademark sunglasses and sipping on a glass of spirit – saying she’d decided to ‘become a priest or something’.
People loved the funny video so much that some touted Kieran to be nominated for a BAFTA award
This was a hint at the episode ‘The Hereditary Principle’ where Princess Margaret discovers what happened to her cousin Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lion, who were kept in a mental institution and declared dead because of a genetic disorder.
Kieran also referenced episode five, which retells how Buckingham Palace intruder Michael Fagan was able to sneak into the Queen’s chamber.
‘Your Majesty, you t***,’ the comedian said as Fagan, before replying as the Queen: ‘This is the most moving invented conversation I’ve ever had.’
The video gave a snappy recap of the main storylines of The Crown series four in hilarious fashion, which was not lost on Twitter, where it quickly went viral.
‘Utter genius – choked on my porridge,’ said the historian Simon Schama.
‘I love the Queen’s ‘Oh dear’. She really should be solving murders with Miss Marple,’ said another fan.
‘How do I nominate someone for a Bafta,’ one asked, while another touted Kieran for an Academy Award.
‘That is absolutely fantastic! Bravo,’ praised another.