Elizabeth R

Screen Queens


Quentin Crispen

Quentin Crisp played the Tudor Queen in the 1992 film Orlando. 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

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

Cate Blanchett

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.

Elizabeth at IMDb
Elizabeth: The Golden Age on IMDb
Cate Blanchett on Wikipedia

Josephine Barstow

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 below).

Sarah Walker

Gloriana (2000) on IMDb
Gloriana (1984)on IMDb
Josephine Barstow on Wikipedia
Sarah Walker on Wikipedia

Diane D'Aquila

Diane D'Aquila starred as Queen Elizabeth in a Canadian television dramatisation of Timothy Findley's play Elizabeth Rex (2004).

Elizabeth Rex on IMDb
Diane D'Aquila on Wikipedia
Elizabeth Rex on Wikipedia

Anne Marie Duff

Anne Marie Duff starred as Elizabeth I in the highly acclaimed 2005 television drama Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen. This mini-series chronicled Elizabeth's life from the troubled years before her accession to her death, and is a far more faithful presentation of the Queen's life than many other productions. Duff is considered by some to be a serious rival to Glenda Jackson as the greatest screen queen.

The Virgin Queen on IMDb
Anne Marie Duff on Wikipedia

Previous Page | Next Page