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 the 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 at the deep 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 the 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 play was brought to the United States in 2015, and she played the Queen once again – this time, at the Gerald Schofield Theatre on Broadway.
Emma Thompson verkörperte die Queen in dem TV-Drama „Walking the Dogs”, das auf dem Einbruch von Michael Fagan in den Buckingham Palace 1982 basiert. Während ihr Leibwächter die Hunde ausführte, gelang der Brite ins Schlafgemach von Elisabeth und unterhielt sich zehn Minuten lang mit ihr, bevor die Polizei eintraf.
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 the 8th in 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 on the part of the usually so extremely well-behaved Elizabeth II.