Helen Mirren starred as Elizabeth, alongside Jeremy Irons as Robert Dudley, in the
award-winning 2007 drama Elizabeth I. This mini-series portrays the Queen's personal life in the latter years of
her reign, focussing on her relationship with Dudley and his step-son, the Earl of Essex. Mirren gives a strong and
Joely Richardson starred as Queen Elizabeth in the 2011 film Anonymous.
While the portrayal of the Queen is very far fetched, the film is an interesting take on the Shakespearean
Vanessa Redgrave, who starred as Mary, Queen of Scots in the 1971 film, plays an older Queen Elizabeth
I in the 2011 film Anonymous. Her daughter, Joely Richardson (pictured opposite) plays the younger Queen.
In 2015 Anita Dobson played Queen Elizabeth I in a BBC Documentary about The Armada called Armada :
12 Days to Save England.
Rachel Skarsten is the latest actress to play the Tudor Queen in a series about Mary, Queen of Scots,
called Reign, which debuted in 2013.
Among other actresses to play Queen Elizabeth on film or on television are:
Athene Seyler in the film Drake of England (1935).
Jenny Runacre in the cult film Jubilee (1978).
Helen Baxendale in the documentary In Suspicious Circumstances (Concerning Amy Robsart's death) (1996)
Imogen Slaughter in the Channel 4 docu-drama Elizabeth (2000)