look-alike makeups: The Queen

The Queen

A really turgid five-part mini-series about Queen Elizabeth II: the relationship between the queen and Princess Margaret during the Peter Townsend affair in the 1950s (Emilia Fox); the attempted attack on princess Anne in 1969 (Samantha Bond); her relationship with Margaret Thatcher in 1986 (Susan Jameson); the annus horribilus of 1992 (Barbara Flynn); the rehabilitation of Camilla (Diana Quick).

Featuring five episodes it had very little continuity which was made worse by having her played by a different actress in each episode with little attempt – or possibly budget – to achieve any resemble to each other or to the queen beyond the wigs. It seemed particularly pointless to have the queen during the period 1986 to around 2000 portrayed by three actresses varying in age by only four years – with the eldest actress playing the youngest version of the queen.

The makeup

Jutta Russell was the makeup designer.