How The Crown Season 5 turned Jonny Lee Miller’s John Major into internet’s latest crush

Yes, it did. The internet has found their next unexpected heartthrob, Thirst, in British actor Jonny Lee Miller, who plays Tory Prime Minister John Major in The Crown season five. Miller is best known for playing Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson in the dark comedy Trainspotting. He has since appeared in Elementary, Dark Shadows, Byzantium, Melinda, Melinda, and Trainspotting 2, among other projects.

Johnny Lee Miller Jonny Lee Miller in The Crown Season 5. (Photo: Netflix)

Twitter is swarming with all sorts of thirsty tweets for the actor, with one user writing, “Thanks to him my dad’s problems got worse. Thanks for nothing, Johnny Lee Miller.” “My brain is struggling to compute how super hot #JohnnyLeeMiller went from #Trainspotting to #JohnMajor at TheCrownNetflix. Most annoying, I now think I have a weird crush on saying #JohnMajor!” read another comment. Another commented: “John Major must be glad he’s suddenly hot.”

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So who was John Major?

John Major was the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and served as Leader of the Conservative Party from 1990 to 1997. Major followed after Margaret Thatcher’s controversial reign as Prime Minister, and was succeeded by the somewhat more successful Tony Blair.

During his time as Prime Minister, John Major has been credited with the privatization of the railways, the introduction of a council tax in place of the poll tax, among other things. After suffering a crushing defeat in the 1997 elections, Major gave up his seat and decided to pursue other interests, including business and charity. Major became known as “Honest John” in the press because of his kind and gentle manners.

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John Major Former British Prime Minister John Major. (Image: Quick Archives)

While he may now be a sensation among the public thanks to The Crown Season 5, the prime minister himself wasn’t too impressed with his portrayal on screen, calling him a “barrel load of nonsense”, reports The Guardian. The statement emerged after reports that the show suggested that King Charles lobbied with Major to oust his mother, Queen Elizabeth II as queen. Meanwhile, the publication quotes a Netflix spokesperson as saying: “Series five is a fantasy play, imagining what might happen behind closed doors during an important decade for the royal family – one that has been well examined and documented by journalists, biographers and historians.”

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In The Crown season 5

On the show, John Major is seen as his sympathetic self while worrying about what would happen if Prince Charles and Princess Diana split up, fearing some sort of widespread national unrest. He is later seen playing a major role in reflecting on the couple’s “quiet” split at the Queen’s behest.

The Crown season 5 also stars the likes of Dominic West, Jonathan Pryce, Olivia Williams, and Imelda Staunton, and is currently streaming on Netflix.


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