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Queen Elizabeth I Filmography:

Movies and Television Series about Queen Elizabeth I:


Elizabeth I and Her Enemies  (2017)

Directed by Chris Holt
Writing credits Dan Jones and Suzannah Lipscomb

Docu-drama starring Lily Cole as a young Elizabeth I, featuring dramatic reconstructions of key moments in her life. Presented by historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones.

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The Golden Age  (2007)

Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Writing credits Michael Hirst and William Nicholson

Features a fictional relationship between Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Ralegh.

Cate Blanchett returns to her Oscar-winning part as Queen Elizabeth, Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham, Clive Owen as Sir Walter Ralegh, and Samantha Morton as Mary Queen of Scots.

Official Website at Working Title Films
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Elizabeth I  (2005) (TV)

Directed by Tom Hooper
Writing credits Nigel Williams
HBO Films miniseries for television. Covers the end of the Leicester years, Elizabeth's courtship with Anjou, and her relationship with Essex.

Stars Helen Mirren as Elizabeth, Jeremy Irons as Leicester.

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HBO Films' Elizabeth I clips (2005)
Clips of Elizabeth I (2005)

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The Virgin Queen  (2005) (TV)

Directed by Tom Hooper
Writing credits Nigel Williams
BBC miniseries for television. Covers Elizabeth's whole life.

Stars Anne-Marie Duff as Elizabeth, Ian Hart as Burghley, Tom Hardy as Leicester.

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Elizabeth Rex  (2003) (TV PLAY)

Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete
Writing credits Timothy Findley (play)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) televised performance of Findley's play.

Diane D'Aquila as Queen Elizabeth.

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Gloriana  (2000) (TV)

Directed by
Writers: Lytton Strachey (book) William Plomer (libretto)

A televised production of the opera by Benjamin Britten.
Starring Josephine Barstow as Elizabeth.

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Elizabeth  (2000) (TV DOC)

Directed by Steven Clarke and Mark Fielder
A History Channel documentary.
Presented by Elizabethan scholar David Starkey.

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The Royal Diaries: Elizabeth I
Red Rose of the House of Tudor  (2000) (VIDEO)

Writing credits Kathryn Lasky (book)

A 30-minute video for young viewers, based on Lasky's fictionalized account of the childhood of Queen Elizabeth I.

Starring Tamara Hope as Princess Elizabeth.

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Biography: Elizabeth I  (1999) (TV DOC)

A documentary produced as part of A&E biography series for television.

Hosted by David Janssen.
DVD on A&E TV Shop
DVD on Amazon

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Elizabeth  (1998)

Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Writing credits Michael Hirst

Focusing on the early years of Elizabeth's Reign. Starring Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth, Joseph Fiennes as Robert Dudley, and Geoffrey Rush as Sir Francis Walsingham.

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The beginning of the movie Elizabeth (1998)
Clips of Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth (1998)

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Gloriana  (1984) (TV OPERA)

Directed by Derek Bailey
Writers: Lytton Strachey (book) William Plomer (libretto)

A Televised production of the opera by Benjamin Britten, performed by the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden). Starring Sarah Walker as Elizabeth.

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Elizabeth R  (1971) (TV)

Directed by Roderick Graham and Richard Martin
Writing credits John Hale and Julian Mitchell

A 6-part BBC miniseries.

Starring Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth.

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Elizabeth the Queen  (1968) (TV PLAY)

Directed by George Schaefer
Maxwell Anderson's (play), John Edward Friend, adaptation
TV Movie adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's play.

Judith Anderson as Queen Elizabeth and Charlton Heston as Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex.
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The Virgin Queen  (1955)

Directed by Henry Koster
Writing credits Harry Brown (story) and Mildred Lord

Historical drama about Elizabeth's relationship with Ralegh.

Starring Bette Davis as Elizabeth, Richard Todd as Raleigh and Joan Collins as Elizabeth Throckmorton.

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Young Bess  (1953)

Directed by George Sidney
Writing credits Margaret Irwin (novel) and Jan Lustig

A fictional dramatisation of Elizabeth's years as princess. Starring Jean Simmons as Princess Elizabeth, Stewart Grainger as Thomas Seymour, Deborah Kerr as Queen Catharine Parr and Charles Laughton as King Henry VIII.

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The Sea Hawk  (1940)

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Writing credits Howard Koch and Seton Miller

A swashbuckling film about an englishman turned pirate during the heyday of the Armada.

Starring Flora Robson as Elizabeth and Errol Flynn as her buccaneer.

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The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex  (1939)
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Written by Maxwell Anderson (play) and Norman Reilly Raine

Adaptation of Anderson's play about the love affair between Elizabeth and Essex.

Starring Bette Davis as Elizabeth and Errol Flynn as Essex, Olivia de Havilland as Lady Penelope Gray, Donald Crisp as Sir Francis Bacon, Vincent Price as Ralegh.

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Fire Over England  (1937)

Directed by William K. Howard
Writing credits A.E.W. Mason (novel) and Clemence Dane

British film about England's tensions with Philip II of Spain, and the fight with the Armada.

Starring Flora Robson as Elizabeth I, Lawrence Olivier as one of Elizabeth's spies, and Vivien Leigh as a beautiful lady-in-waiting.

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Lady Diana Manners

The Virgin Queen  (1923)
Directed by J. Stuart Blackton
Writing credits Harry Pirie Gordon

British silent film.

Starring Lady Diana Manners as Elizabeth I.

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Sarah Bernhardt as Elizabeth

Les Amours de la reine Élisabeth  (1912)
(Queen Elizabeth, US title)

Directed by Henri Desfontaines and Louis Mercanton
Writing credits Emile Moreau (play)

French silent film about Elizabeth's affair with Essex.

Starring Sarah Bernhardt as Elizabeth.

Synopsis of the film - WetCanvas
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Movies and television shows featuring Queen Elizabeth I as a character:

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Shakespeare in Love  (1998)

Directed by John Madden
Writing credits Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard

Fictional account of William Shakespeare, the writing of his "Romeo and Juliet" and the birth of "Twelfth Night." Queen Elizabeth as a supporting, but pivotal, character.

Starring Dame Judi Dench as an older Queen Elizabeth,
Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola.

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Orlando  (1992)

Directed by Sally Potter
Writing credits Virginia Woolf (book) and Sally Potter

The story of a young nobleman who is ordered by Queen Elizabeth to stay young forever.

Starring Tilda Swinton as Orlando, Quentin Crisp as Elizabeth.

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Black Adder II  (1986) (TV)
Directed by Mandie Fletcher
Writing credits Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

The second season of the British TV comedy series, set in Elizabethan England.

Starring Miranda Richardson as Queen Elizabeth, and Rowan Atkinson as fictional Lord Edmund Black Adder

Movie Listing on IMDb
DVD on Miranda Richardson as Elizabeth in Blackadder II

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Il Dominatore dei sette mari  (1962)
(Seven Seas to Calais, US title)

Directed by Rudolph Mate and Primo Zeglio
Writing credits Filippo Sanjust

An Italian adventure film about the exploits of Sir Francis Drake. Queen Elizabeth as a minor character. Starring Rod Taylor as Drake and Irene Worth as Elizabeth.

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The Story of Mankind  (1954)

Directed by Irwin Allen
Writing credits Henrik Van Loon (novel)
Irwin Allen and Charles Bennet (screenplay)

A scifi film where aliens try to decide whether humans should be allowed to survive or no. Features episodes of human history.

Agnes Moorehead as Queen Elizabeth.

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Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth  (1954) (TV)

Writing credits Vincent Tilsley

British 6-part miniseries.

Maxine Audley as Queen Elizabeth.

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Mary of Scotland  (1936)
Directed by John Ford
Writing credits Maxwell Anderson (play) and Dudley Nichols

The dramatized story of Mary Queen of Scots.

Starring Katharine Hepburn as Mary Queen of Scots and Florence Eldridge as Queen Elizabeth

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Drake of England  (1935)
Directed by Arthur B. Woods
Writing credits Marjorie Deans and Clifford Grey

A pirate film about Sir Francis Drake.

Starring Matheson Lang as Drake and Athene Seyler as Queen Elizabeth.

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Medieval Cosmology
Prices of Items in Medieval England

Edward II
Piers Gaveston
Thomas, Earl of Lancaster
Roger Mortimer, Earl of March

Hundred Years' War (1337-1453)

Edward III
Edward, Black Prince of Wales
Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster
Edmund of Langley, Duke of York
Thomas of Woodstock, Gloucester
Richard of York, E. of Cambridge
Richard II
Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford
Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk
Ralph Neville, E. of Westmorland
Edmund Mortimer, 3. Earl of March
Roger Mortimer, 4. Earl of March
Edmund Mortimer, 5. Earl of March
Sir Henry Percy, "Harry Hotspur"
Owen Glendower
Henry IV
Edward, Duke of York
Henry V
Thomas, Duke of Clarence
John, Duke of Bedford
Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester
John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury
The Battle of Castillon, 1453
William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk
Thomas de Montacute, E. of Salisbury
Richard de Beauchamp, E. of Warwick
Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter
Cardinal Henry Beaufort
John Beaufort, Earl of Somerset
Catherine of Valois
Owen Tudor

Charles VII, King of France
Joan of Arc
Louis XI, King of France
Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy

The Wars of the Roses 1455-1485
Causes of the Wars of the Roses
The House of Lancaster
The House of York
The House of Beaufort
The House of Neville

The First Battle of St. Albans, 1455
The Battle of Blore Heath, 1459
The Rout of Ludford, 1459
The Battle of Northampton, 1460
The Battle of Wakefield, 1460
The Battle of Mortimer's Cross, 1461
The Second Battle of St. Albans, 1461
The Battle of Towton, 1461
The Battle of Hedgeley Moor, 1464
The Battle of Hexham, 1464
The Battle of Edgecote, 1469
The Battle of Barnet, 1471
The Battle of Tewkesbury, 1471
The Treaty of Pecquigny, 1475
The Battle of Bosworth Field, 1485
The Battle of Stoke Field, 1487

Henry VI
Margaret of Anjou
Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York
Edward IV
Elizabeth Woodville
Richard Woodville, 1. Earl Rivers
Anthony Woodville, 2. Earl Rivers
Jane Shore
Edward V
Richard III
George, Duke of Clarence

Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury
Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick
John Neville, Marquis of Montague
George Neville, Archbishop of York
John Beaufort, 1. Duke Somerset
Edmund Beaufort, 2. Duke Somerset
Henry Beaufort, 3. Duke of Somerset
Edmund Beaufort, 4. Duke Somerset
Margaret Beaufort
Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond
Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke
Humphrey Stafford, D. of Buckingham
Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
Thomas, Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby
Archbishop Thomas Bourchier
Henry Bourchier, Earl of Essex
John Mowbray, 3. Duke of Norfolk
John Mowbray, 4. Duke of Norfolk
John Howard, Duke of Norfolk
Henry Percy, 4. E. Northumberland
William, Lord Hastings
Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter
William Herbert, 1. Earl of Pembroke
John de Vere, 12th Earl of Oxford
John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford
Thomas de Clifford, 8. Baron Clifford
John de Clifford, 9. Baron Clifford
John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester
Thomas Grey, 1. Marquis Dorset
Sir Andrew Trollop
Archbishop John Morton
Edward Plantagenet, E. of Warwick
John Talbot, 2. E. Shrewsbury
John Talbot, 3. E. Shrewsbury
John de la Pole, 2. Duke of Suffolk
John de la Pole, E. of Lincoln
Edmund de la Pole, E. of Suffolk
Richard de la Pole
Sir James Tyrell
Jack Cade's Rebellion, 1450

Tudor Period

King Henry VII
Queen Elizabeth of York
Lambert Simnel
Perkin Warbeck

King Ferdinand II of Aragon
Queen Isabella of Castile
Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor

King Henry VIII
Queen Catherine of Aragon
Queen Anne Boleyn
Queen Jane Seymour
Queen Anne of Cleves
Queen Catherine Howard
Queen Katherine Parr

King Edward VI
Queen Mary I
Queen Elizabeth I
Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond

Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland
James IV, King of Scotland
The Battle of Flodden Field, 1513
James V, King of Scotland
Mary of Guise, Queen of Scotland

Mary Tudor, Queen of France
Louis XII, King of France
Francis I, King of France
The Battle of the Spurs, 1513
Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1520
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Eustace Chapuys, Imperial Ambassador
The Siege of Boulogne, 1544

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex
Thomas, Lord Audley
Thomas Wriothesley, E. Southampton
Sir Richard Rich

Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham
Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland
Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk
Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire
George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford
John Russell, Earl of Bedford
Thomas Grey, 2. Marquis of Dorset
Henry Grey, D. of Suffolk
George Talbot, 4. E. Shrewsbury
Francis Talbot, 5. E. Shrewsbury
Henry Algernon Percy,
     5th Earl of Northumberland
Henry Algernon Percy,
     6th Earl of Northumberland
Ralph Neville, 4. E. Westmorland
Henry Neville, 5. E. Westmorland
William Paulet, Marquis of Winchester
Sir Francis Bryan
John de Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford
John de Vere, 16th Earl of Oxford
Thomas Seymour, Lord Admiral
Edward Seymour, Protector Somerset
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury
Henry Pole, Lord Montague
Sir Geoffrey Pole
Thomas Manners, Earl of Rutland
Henry Manners, Earl of Rutland
Henry Bourchier, 2. Earl of Essex
Henry Radcliffe, 2. Earl of Sussex
George Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon
Henry Courtenay, Marquis of Exeter
William, Lord Paget
George Brooke, Lord Cobham
Sir Richard Southwell
Thomas Fiennes, 9th Lord Dacre
Lady Jane Grey
Sir Thomas Arundel
Sir Thomas Wyatt, the Younger

Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio
Cardinal Reginald Pole
Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester
Edmund Bonner, Bishop of London
Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London
John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester
John Aylmer, Bishop of London
Thomas Linacre
William Grocyn
Archbishop William Warham
Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester
Edward Fox, Bishop of Hereford

Pope Julius II
Pope Leo X
Pope Clement VII
Pope Paul III
Pope Pius V

Pico della Mirandola
Desiderius Erasmus
Martin Bucer
Richard Pace
Christopher Saint-German
Thomas Tallis
Elizabeth Barton, the Nun of Kent
Hans Holbein, the Younger
The Sweating Sickness

Dissolution of the Monasteries
Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536
Robert Aske
Lord Thomas Darcy
Sir Robert Constable

Oath of Supremacy
The Act of Supremacy, 1534
The Act of Succession, 1534
The Ten Articles, 1536
The Six Articles, 1539
The Second Statute of Repeal, 1555
The Act of Supremacy, 1559
Articles Touching Preachers, 1583

William Cecil, Lord Burghley
Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury
Sir Francis Walsingham
Sir Nicholas Bacon
Sir Thomas Bromley

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick
Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon
Sir Thomas Egerton, Viscount Brackley
Sir Francis Knollys
Katherine "Kat" Ashley
Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester
George Talbot, 6. E. of Shrewsbury
Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury
Gilbert Talbot, 7. E. of Shrewsbury
Sir Henry Sidney
Sir Robert Sidney
Archbishop Matthew Parker
Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex
Penelope Devereux, Lady Rich
Sir Christopher Hatton
Edward Courtenay, E. Devonshire
Edward Manners, 3rd Earl of Rutland
Thomas Radcliffe, 3. Earl of Sussex
Henry Radcliffe, 4. Earl of Sussex
Robert Radcliffe, 5. Earl of Sussex
William Parr, Marquis of Northampton
Henry Wriothesley, 2. Southampton
Henry Wriothesley, 3. Southampton
Charles Neville, 6. E. Westmorland
Thomas Percy, 7. E. Northumberland
Henry Percy, 8. E. Northumberland
Henry Percy, 9. E. Nothumberland
William Herbert, 1. Earl of Pembroke
Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk
Charles, Lord Howard of Effingham
Thomas Howard, 1. Earl of Suffolk
Henry Hastings, 3. E. of Huntingdon
Edward Manners, 3rd Earl of Rutland
Roger Manners, 5th Earl of Rutland
Francis Manners, 6th Earl of Rutland
Henry FitzAlan, 12. Earl of Arundel
Thomas, Earl Arundell of Wardour
Edward Somerset, E. of Worcester
William Davison
Sir Walter Mildmay
Sir Ralph Sadler
Sir Amyas Paulet
Gilbert Gifford
François, Duke of Alençon & Anjou

Mary, Queen of Scots
Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell
Anthony Babington and the Babington Plot
John Knox

Philip II of Spain
The Spanish Armada, 1588
Sir Francis Drake
Sir John Hawkins

William Camden
Archbishop Whitgift
Martin Marprelate Controversy
John Penry (Martin Marprelate)
Richard Bancroft, Archbishop of Canterbury
John Dee, Alchemist

Philip Henslowe
Edward Alleyn
The Blackfriars Theatre
The Fortune Theatre
The Rose Theatre
The Swan Theatre
Children's Companies
The Admiral's Men
The Lord Chamberlain's Men
Citizen Comedy
The Isle of Dogs, 1597

Common Law
Court of Common Pleas
Court of King's Bench
Court of Star Chamber
Council of the North
Fleet Prison
Oyer and terminer

King James I of England
Anne of Denmark
Henry, Prince of Wales
George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham
Arabella Stuart, Lady Lennox
William Alabaster
Bishop Hall
Bishop Thomas Morton
Archbishop William Laud
John Selden
Lucy Harington, Countess of Bedford
Henry Lawes

King Charles I
Queen Henrietta Maria

King Charles II
King James II
Test Acts

Greenwich Palace
Hatfield House
Richmond Palace
Windsor Palace
Woodstock Manor

The Cinque Ports
Mermaid Tavern
Malmsey Wine
Great Fire of London, 1666
Merchant Taylors' School
Westminster School
The Sanctuary at Westminster


Chart of the English Succession from William I through Henry VII

Medieval English Drama

London in the time of Henry VII. MS. Roy. 16 F. ii.
London, 1510, the earliest view in print
Map of England from Saxton's Descriptio Angliae, 1579
Location Map of Elizabethan London
Plan of the Bankside, Southwark, in Shakespeare's time
Detail of Norden's Map of the Bankside, 1593
Bull and Bear Baiting Rings from the Agas Map (1569-1590, pub. 1631)
Sketch of the Swan Theatre, c. 1596
Westminster in the Seventeenth Century, by Hollar
Visscher's Panoramic View of London, 1616. COLOR
c. 1690. View of London Churches, after the Great Fire
The Yard of the Tabard Inn from Thornbury, Old and New London

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