Buckingham Palace prowler blasts Netflix's The Crown for making him 'too ugly'

BUCKINGHAM Palace prowler Michael Fagan has blasted Netflix for making him “too ugly” in The Crown.

The petty crook, who came face-to-face with The Queen in her bedroom in 1982, also said the actor playing him has “no charisma”.

Fagan, now 70, listed mistakes he said made the portrayal “complete fiction”. He said actor Tom Brooke creeps around corridors, hiding from staff.

But Fagan recalled: “I wasn’t avoiding anyone — I was looking for the Queen. If anyone had turned up, I would have just said I wanted to talk to her.”

In the drama, Fagan knocks over a valuable vase, but he said: “That’s totally made up. If I’d broken anything I’d have paid for it.”

On TV, he climbs through a window and also downs an entire bottle of wine.  Fagan said: “It’s true I got in the window after climbing a drainpipe.

"But I only drank half a bottle of red wine in the office of Prince Charles’s private secretary — and I have to say it wasn’t anything special.”


The Queen, played by Olivia Colman, is seen being woken by Fagan. But the North Londoner said: “She was wide awake when I got in there.

She sat up in bed and said, ‘What are you doing here?’ and then went off to fetch someone.”

Viewers also see Fagan asking The Queen for a cigarette.

But he insisted: “That would have been cheeky and disrespectful and something I just wouldn’t do.”

He added of his screen version: “He’s much more ill-mannered and threatening than I was. I was a bit dumbstruck after walking in on her like that.

“I was taken aback when I saw Brooke playing me. They could have surely found someone who looks a bit like me. I’m actually better looking and he seems totally charmless.”

The actor, 42, is best known as angel Fiore in Amazon Prime’s Preacher, Bill Wiggins in the BBC’s Sherlock and Kevin in the Richard Curtis movie The Boat That Rocked.

Fagan said he fixated on the Queen after his wife left him in 1982. Then 32, he scaled a 14ft spiked wall to get into ­Palace grounds.

He pulled back curtains around the Queen’s four-poster bed and found ­her alone wearing a full-length nightie.

Her Majesty fetched a footman, who stayed with him until police arrived. Fagan was never convicted of any offence but spent six months under psychiatric care.

In August, he predicted the show would be inaccurate because no one from it had been in touch.

He added: “I’m sad they never thought to speak to me before they made this rubbish because the truth is a much better story.”

Netflix did not respond to requests for comment.

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