The Crown Series 4: Rising actor Tom Byrne 'is cast to play a young Prince ...

Rising actor Tom Byrne has reportedly been cast to portray a young Prince Andrew in The Crown's upcoming fourth season.

The 25-year-old thespian, a graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, has been recruited to play the scandal-ridden Royal during his days as a popular pinup, according to The Sun.

A source told the publication: 'Tom probably couldn’t believe his luck when he was he landed a part playing a senior member of the royal family. 

Casting: Rising actor Tom Byrne has reportedly been cast to portray a young Prince Andrew in The Crown's upcoming fourth season

Pinup: Tom has reportedly been recruited to playPrince Andrew during his days as a popular pinup. Pictured in 1978

Casting: Rising actor Tom Byrne, left, has reportedly been cast to portray a young Prince Andrew, pictured right in 1978, in The Crown's upcoming fourth season

'After all, he’s yet to land a major TV role and the show is one of the most-watched dramas on the planet.'

Tom, who has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared on popular anthology series Black Mirror, is said to be playing the young Duke of York as he courts and weds Sarah Ferguson.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Tom Byrne for comment. 

Prince Andrew was forced to step down from royal life last year after his disastrous Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

Interview: Prince Andrew was forced to step down from royal life last year after a disastrous interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Pictured with Queen Elizabeth II in 2017

Interview: Prince Andrew was forced to step down from royal life last year after a disastrous interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Pictured with Queen Elizabeth II in 2017

Andrew, 60, and Epstein, who killed himself awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges aged 66 last year, became friends through Epstein's ex-girlfriend and 'madame' Ghislaine Maxwell.

Virginia Roberts Guiffre, who now lives in Australia, claims she had sex with Prince Andrew three times, including once when she was 17.

She says he was groomed by Maxwell and became paedophile Epstein's sex slave.

Andrew, a father-of-two, denies having any relationship with her whatsoever and claims a photograph of them together in London has been doctored.

Meanwhile, Josh O'Connor was recently seen returning to his role as Prince Andrew's brother Prince Charles as he shot scenes for the drama at London's British Museum. 

Dad: The scandal-ridden Royal is the father of Princesses Princess Eugenie, left, and Princess Beatrice, right. Pictured in April 2011

Dad: The scandal-ridden Royal is the father of Princesses Princess Eugenie, left, and Princess Beatrice, right. Pictured in April 2011

The actor, 29, looked dapper for the scene, wearing a dark grey blazer and matching trousers along with a pale blue shirt and a dark, patterned tie.

Josh looked well and truly in character for the scene, which comes after his co-star Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana, has been spotted filming in recent weeks.

Prince Charles will once again take centre stage in The Crown's fourth series,

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