Several actresses have risen to the challenge of playing the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. And the talented Kristin Scott Thomas is one of them. The British actress portrayed the Queen in the 2015 production of Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End. She was amazing in the role and subsequently received "The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire" - "Dame of Commander" - and has therefore been elevated into nobility.
She‘s supposedly one of the youngest actresses in the history of film who have played Queen Elizabeth II. The eleven year old Freya portrayed the young Elizabeth in Tom Hooper’s amazing The King‘s Speech, and she enchanted audiences all over the world.
In 2016 Netflix released the series The Crown. It‘s about the young Princess Elizabeth II, played by Claire Foy, who was thrown in deep end when her father King George VI passed away suddenly in 1952. The first season of the show deals with the Elizabeth's accession and her early years as the Queen.
In 2006, Helen Mirren played the character of Elizabeth II in the movie The Queen. The story takes place in 1997, when the news of Lady Diana’s untimely death reached Buckingham Palace. Even though the whole nation grieved for the popular mother of two, the Royal Palace, especially the Queen, were reluctant with their statements and Elizabeth II refused to grieve in public. For her role, Helen Mirren was honored with an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award – they were both well-deserved!
And here she is again: Helen Mirren played the iconic regent’s role twice. After the great success of The Queen in 2006, she reprised her character of Elizabeth II in 2013, for the first staging of Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre in London. When the play was brought to the United States in 2015, she played the Queen once again – this time, at the Gerald Schofield Theatre on Broadway.
Emma Thompson played the Queen in the TV drama Walking the Dogs, based on Michael Fagan's break-in at Buckingham Palace in 1982. While her bodyguard was running the dogs, the British man got into Elizabeth's bedroom and talked to her for ten minutes before the police arrived.
In 2006, Rosemary Leach assumed the role of the Queen as part of the BBC series The Afternoon Play. Leach portrayed the monarch in the episode called Tea with Betty.
Jane Alexander is another experienced actress who took on the challenge of playing Elizabeth II. In the TV movie William & Catherine: A Royal Romance, Alexander embodies the British monarch.
For the romantic comedy-drama A Royal Night Out, Sarah Gadon played Queen Elizabeth II. She plays the young Princess, who breaks out of the golden cage together with her sister on May 8th, 1945. The royal sisters wanted to celebrate the 'V.E. Day' (Victory in Europe Day) together with all the British people on the streets of London. What an unusual activity for the usually extremely well-behaved Elizabeth II.