period: various portrayals of Elizabeth I

Portrayals of Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, is a recurrent favourite and has been played by: Sarah Churchill, Bette Davis (The Virgin Queen and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex), Glenda Jackson (Elizabeth R and Mary, Queen Of Scots), Flora Robson (The Sea Hawk & Fire Over England), Claudette Colbert, and Jean Simmons among others.

More recent movies and mini series have featured Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth & Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love), Anne Marie Duff (The Virgin Queen), Helen Mirren (Elizabeth I), and Joely Richardson & Vanessa Redgrave (Anonymous) in the role,

And who could forget the unforgettable portrayals by Miranda Richardson in Blackadder.

A movie with Glenn Close was supposedly in production or pre-production but disappeared into development-hell.

The movies

The Tudors (2007): Claire Macaulay as Princess Elizabeth. Coming soon …

Faceforward (2000): Kevyn Aucoin turned Karen Elson into Elizabeth I for this book.

The Sonny and Cher Show (1976): Cher appeared as Elizabeth I in a sketch.

Hallmark Hall of Fame (1952): Sarah Churchill played Elizabeth I among many other historical characters.

Drake of England (1935): Athene Seyler played Elizabeth I.

Les amours de la reine Élisabeth (1912): Featured Sarah Bernhardt as Queen Elizabeth I. I believe this was the very first screen portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I.