After a stressful childhood Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett), the daughter of Anne Boleyn, comes to the throne and discovers life does not get any simpler. Eventually she comes to realise that the only way to survive and rule is to become the Virgin Queen.
Jenny Shircore was hair and makeup designer; Anita Burger was makeup artist. Like Bette Davis and Glenda Jackson before her, Cate submitted to having her hairline shaved to achieve the authentic Elizabethan look. Jenny Shircore won the makeup Oscar but Cate lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow in another Elizabethan movie: Shakespeare in Love.
Cate has recently (summer 2006) completed filming The Golden Age, a sequel focusing on Elizabeth’s relationship with sir walter Raleigh.