One of The Crown 's main cast members has opened up on how food on the set of the Netflix series was so poor that actors would avoid it where they could.

The hit show has won a slew of awards as it chronicles Queen Elizabeth II's life as the monarch. Over the course of six series, the monarch's life is covered from when she ascended to the throne to more recent times.

But for the cast filming the show, the food provided while actors shot their scenes was reportedly so bad it would not be getting royal approval. One particular actor admitted that most actors would bring in packed lunches to the set to avoid eating the grub at all costs.

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Mohammed Kamel, who played Ali Al-Fayed on the Netflix smash, confessed that actors would unanimously complain about the service provided. "One of the running jokes would be, 'What are we having for lunch?' and people complaining," he said.

"It wasn't the type of food, it was the quality of it," Mohammed continued. "It would be served in these not very appetising cardboard boxes."

Mohammed, 46, admitted that filming the final series when the Queen had passed away was "difficult" and the atmosphere had changed when they heard the news. "I was in touch with people on the producing side and some were telling me they were receiving comments saying 'stop filming'," he admitted.

Kamel plays the role of Ali Al-Fayed, brother of Mohammed Al-Fayed – father of Dodi, who tragically passed away alongside Princess Diana in 1997. Mohammed Al-Fayed, who was the owner of iconic London department store Harrods passed away at the age of 94.

Speaking about the role, Kamel said that he had a personal connection to the Al-Fayed family as both came from Egypt. He said: "My family is Egyptian. My mum had a friend who worked at Harrods and he would come and speak to her because she was Egyptian. He went through a lot of heartache."

Mohammed may be a hit actor, but away from the film set, he works hard teaching English at the Functional Skills Educational Centre in Wembley in north west London. Speaking to the Mirror, he said that acting had been his "passion" and he had hoped to break into the industry.

After having worked as a teacher to pay the bills, he was given the call by Netflix as they were on the lookout for a British-Egyptian actor to take on the role. When he landed the part, Kamel said: "I was over the moon, my dream had come through."

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