By Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline
Published: 11:19 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 15:52 GMT, 1 December 2019
The director of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) has blamed the 'Downton Abbey effect' for working-class actors being shafted in favour of posh rivals.
Edward Kemp claims that the majority of British films which are successful worldwide portray a certain view of the UK - of middle and upper class backgrounds.
He added that he believes this means that actors who come from a similar background will be looked on more favourably than those who don't.
Edward Kemp claims that middle and upper class actors are being cast because of a rise in the success of British TV shows such as The Crown and Downton Abbey. Pictured is Erin Doherty who plays Princess Anne
Mr Kemp (pictured) argued that successful series such as Downton Abbey had caused international audiences to view the UK as purely 'middle and upper class'
And it appears that the latest smash hits seem to agree with Mr Kemp's theory. Netflix's latest series of The Crown has privately educated actors as the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Margaret and Prince Charles.
London School of Economics found that a whopping 73 per cent of actors came from middle-class backgrounds
However, Erin Doherty, who plays Princess Anne is an exception, according to the Times she has said she spent her childhood 'happily hanging around