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The Virgin Queen (2005)

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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Queen Elizabeth I (4 episodes, 2006)
 Lettice Knollys (4 episodes, 2006)
 William Cecil - Lord Burghley (4 episodes, 2006)
 Robert Dudley / ... (4 episodes, 2006)
Richard Syms ...
 Courtier (3 episodes, 2006)
 Kat Ashley (3 episodes, 2006)
 Baron Casper Breuner / ... (3 episodes, 2006)
 Christopher Hatton (3 episodes, 2006)
 Francis Walsingham (3 episodes, 2006)
 Duke of Norfolk (2 episodes, 2006)
Rodrigo De Veccha ...
 Jester (2 episodes, 2006)
 Alvarez De Quadra (2 episodes, 2006)
 Amy Dudley (2 episodes, 2006)
Lisa Millett ...
 Mrs. Odingsell (2 episodes, 2006)
 Dr. William Cowes (2 episodes, 2006)
 Sir James Melville (2 episodes, 2006)
 Earl of Essex / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
Joanna Griffiths ...
 Agnes (2 episodes, 2006)
 Cecily (2 episodes, 2006)
 Dentist (2 episodes, 2006)
 Alsop (2 episodes, 2006)
Daniel Evans ...
 Robert Cecil (2 episodes, 2006)
 Sir Walter Raleigh (2 episodes, 2006)
 Francis Bacon (2 episodes, 2006)
 Charles Blount (2 episodes, 2006)
 Earl of Southampton (2 episodes, 2006)


The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her years of triumph over the Armada; and finally her old age and her last, enigmatic relationship with her young protégé, the Earl of Essex. Written by CaptainStigmata

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Release Date:

13 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen  »

Box Office


£6,000,000 (estimated)

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(4 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: Hadn't you as a child vowed never to take a husband? Dear God, after what happened to your mother, who can blame you? Would you forego a chance at motherhood, Bess, for the sake of a childish vow?
Queen Elizabeth I: It's not only men who can be corrupted by power. An heir can be as much a threat as a comfort in that.
Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: But the love of a man is hardly that of a child.
Queen Elizabeth I: It can be as fickle.
Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: As can a woman's.
Queen Elizabeth I: But a woman ruler is not as other women, is she? Like the coin that bears her image there are two sides to her....
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I've Come For Her
Composed by Martin Phipps
Vocals by "The London Bulgarian Choir"
Published by BDI Music
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Duff shines as Elizabeth
5 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another version of a Tudor, Elizabeth I, the Gloriana, done up quite splendidly by the BBC.

The strongest aspect, as I viewed it, was neither the story, the costumes or the scenes, but the bold performance of Anne Marie Duff. She glows as a young Elizabeth, and displays strength and vanity as her aging self. Yes, the make-up could have been better, or as one suggested an alternate older actress, but the pace of Duff's performance was incrementally finer, than finer still, as she reached deeper into her character. And if one seeks out a miniature of the Queen, one sees a remarkable resemblance between the Queen and the actress.

Dudley, portrayed by Hardy, was a good foil; his perhaps son, but certainly step son, Essex portrayed by Hans Matheson, were interestingly cast, not so much by the actors but rather for the dramatic interpretation brought to each character. It is only bested by the old Bette Davis version of Elizabeth and Essex in spotlighting how the Virgin Queen sought male affection, but rebuffed any control but her own.

What burden the Queen, a bastard, a princess, and then a monarch must have endured in her private life, a life often dismissed for her political reign, or exaggerated for her fancy of her childhood friend, Robbie.

A most worthy addition to the pantheon of Tudor drama.

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