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from The Queen to The Crown… these actresses who played the Queen on screen


This Thursday, September 8, the queen died at the age of 96 after having reigned over England for more than 70 years. She was able to rule alongside Winston Churchill and also ushered in the 21st century. Queen Elizabeth II has become an iconic figure since her accession to the throne in 1952.

At just 25 years old, Elizabeth II became the monarch of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. As Queen Elizabeth II leaves a lasting legacy on Britain and the international stage, her portrayal continues on screen.

Over the years, many actresses have taken on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the small and the big screen. From the hit Netflix series “The Crown” Until the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech”, Queen Elizabeth II has been portrayed in numerous films and television series.

Freya Wilson as Elizabeth II in “The King’s Speech” (2010)

Freya Wilson plays child Princess Elizabeth in this Oscar-winning 2010 film, in which Colin Firth starred, as Elizabeth’s father, George VI, who learns to overcome a stutter.

Olivia Colman in The Crown (2019-2020)

Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman has successfully taken over from Claire Foy, taking on the role of Queen in The Crown’s third and fourth seasons. She represents the older queen.

Claire Foy in The Crown (2016-2017)

The first actress to bring the Queen to life in the Netflix series ‘The Crown’, Claire Foy won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for capturing Queen Elizabeth II’s rise as sovereign. The series premiered in 2016, with Claire Foy playing the young queen for the first two seasons.

Julie Walters in Royal Corgi (2019)

This 2019 animated children’s film focuses more on Elizabeth II’s dogs than the Queen herself, but British actress Julie Walters aptly voices the royal voice

Samantha Bond in The Queen and I (2018)

In The Queen and I, a humorous film, the queen is represented here as a queen stripped of her throne by a Republican Prime Minister who forces her to live in a housing estate.

Helen Mirren in The Queen (2006)

Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in this 2006 drama won acclaim from audiences. Stephen Frears’ film follows the monarch around the time of Princess Diana’s death.

Sarah Gadon in Princely Getaway (2015)

The 2015 romantic comedy ‘Princely Getaway’ showed a young Princess Elizabeth played by Sarah Gadon and her sister Princess Margaret (Bel Powley) living a night away from Buckingham Palace to celebrate VE Day, when peace was declared across Europe in 1945.

Neve Campbell in “Churchill: The Hollywood Years” (2003)

In this parody of 2004 World War II drama films, Christian Slater plays Winston Churchill while Elizabeth played by Neve Campbell has an exaggerated posh British accent and finds herself in the middle of various slapstick scenarios.

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Cate Blanchett in “Family Guy”

Cate Blanchett has shaken up her usual serious acting roles with a cameo as the voice of the Queen in Seth MacFarlane’s comedy cartoon.



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