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Miranda Richardson starred as a ditsy Queen Elizabeth in the superb 1980's comedy Blackadder.
Series Two is set in Elizabethan England and the main character is Lord Blackadder, played by Rowan Atkinson, who constantly strives to please the Queen against threats of execution. His arch rival is Lord Melchett, played by Stephen Fry.
As the series is a comedy, Elizabeth is very much a caricature. The Queen portrayed is nothing like the historical figure. However, it is a very entertaining series and Richardson plays the giddy Queen well.
Blackadder II on IMDb
Miranda Richardson on IMDb
Quentin Crisp played the Tudor Queen in the 1992 film Orlando, being the first man to play the Queen.
This film was based on the novel by Virginia Wolf and stars Tilda Swinton in the title role.
Commanded to stay young forever by the Queen, Orlando, a courtier, mysteriously manages to do just that. He lives on for hundreds of years and magically turns into a woman along the way.
Orlando on IMDb
Quentin Crisp on Wikipedia
Judi Dench excelled as Queen Elizabeth in the oscar winning comedy Shakespeare in Love (1998).
Set in the 1590's, this film follows the escapades of William Shakespeare, played by Joseph Fiennes, as he struggles to make a name for himself in
the theatrical world. Gwyneth Paltrow starred as his muse, Viola, and Colin Firth played her husband to be, the dastardly Earl of Wessex.
Shakespeare In Love on IMDb
Judi Dench on Wikipedia
Australian Cate Blanchett played Queen Elizabeth in the 1998 feature film Elizabeth.
It told the story of Elizabeth's struggles before she became Queen and the difficulties she faced afterwards.
The film is well produced and acted, but as with earlier dramatisations of the Queen's life, it lacks historical
accuracy. It also starred Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley, Geoffrey Rush as Francis Walsingham, and
Richard Attenborough as William Cecil.
In 2007 Cate Blanchett reprised her role in a sequel to this film called Elizabeth: The Golden Age. As the title suggests, it is set in the latter part of the Queen's reign and portrays her personal and political struggles in these difficult years. Again this film takes liberties with history, but is more convincing and compelling than the first.
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Elizabeth: The Golden Age on IMDb
Cate Blanchett on Wikipedia
Soprano Josephine Barstow starred as Queen Elizabeth in a BBC production of Benjamin Britten's opera Gloriana. This once again tells the story of Elizabeth's tragic last favourite, Robert Deverex, Earl of Essex.
There is another version of Gloriana (1984) starring Sarah Walker (pictured above).