period: Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

This ITV mini-series tells the story of the older Elizabeth I (Helen Mirren) and what may, or may not have been, her affair with the much younger Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, which ended with the latter’s beheading.

This was one of two competing UK mini-series on Elizabeth: the other covering all of her reign featured Anne Marie Duff.

The makeup

Fae Hammond was the makeup designer; Su Westwood, Gemma Richards & Jane Hope-Kavanagh were the hair & makeup artists.

This mini-series used a much lighter makeup approach than in many other portrayals; Helen Mirren herself said: ‘I used very little makeup. I slightly thinned my mouth down and slightly thickened my eyebrows. That was it. It’s all about how you hold your head.’ There were clearly also contact lenses.