Mini-series about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.




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Series cast summary:
Helen Mirren ...  Elizabeth I 2 episodes, 2005
Hugh Dancy ...  Earl of Essex 2 episodes, 2005
Toby Jones ...  Robert Cecil 2 episodes, 2005
Patrick Malahide ...  Sir Francis Walsingham 2 episodes, 2005
Ian McDiarmid ...  Lord Burghley 2 episodes, 2005
Toby Salaman Toby Salaman ...  Dr Lopez 2 episodes, 2005
Ann Firbank ...  Lady Anne 2 episodes, 2005
Jeremy Irons ...  Earl of Leicester / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Ewen Bremner ...  King James VI 2 episodes, 2005
Barbara Flynn ...  Mary Queen of Scots 2 episodes, 2005
Will Keen ...  Francis Bacon 2 episodes, 2005
Jérémie Covillault Jérémie Covillault ...  Duke of Anjou 2 episodes, 2005
Eddie Redmayne ...  Southampton 2 episodes, 2005
Erick Deshors Erick Deshors ...  Jean de Simier 2 episodes, 2005
Ben Pullen ...  Sir Walter Raleigh 2 episodes, 2005
Charlotte Asprey ...  Frances Walsingham 2 episodes, 2005
Simon Woods ...  Gifford 2 episodes, 2005
Diana Kent ...  Lady Essex 2 episodes, 2005
Malcolm Terris ...  Chaplain 2 episodes, 2005
Douglas Reith ...  Judge 2 episodes, 2005
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ...  Sir Anthony Babington 2 episodes, 2005
John McEnery ...  Jesuit Priest / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Martin Savage Martin Savage ...  Stubbs 2 episodes, 2005
Anna Steel Anna Steel ...  Lady in Waiting / ... 2 episodes, 2005
David Delve ...  Sir Francis Drake 2 episodes, 2005
Ramunas Rudokas Ramunas Rudokas ...  Thomas Burghley 2 episodes, 2005
Martin Marquez Martin Marquez ...  Don Bernadino de Mendoza 2 episodes, 2005
Charles Millham Charles Millham ...  Priest 2 episodes, 2005
Mykolas Dorofejus Mykolas Dorofejus ...  Davison 2 episodes, 2005
Geoffrey T. Bersey Geoffrey T. Bersey ...  Hatton 2 episodes, 2005
Rimantas Magdzevicius Rimantas Magdzevicius ...  Howard of Effingham 2 episodes, 2005


Mini-series about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.

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Did You Know?


Dame Helen Mirren played Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), and won a Best Actress Oscar for playing the part. Tom Hooper directed The King's Speech (2010), which was about Elizabeth's father, King George VI. Colin Firth won Best Actor for playing that part. See more »


While waiting on the beach to see if the Spanish Armada was about to invade England in 1588, Robert Dudley, first Earl of Leicester, pulled out his telescope to check the flag on a ship that was sailing up the river. The Telescope was invented by Hans Lippershey in 1608. See more »


Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester: [to Elizabeth] What do you imagine Monsieur will do with me after he has your hand?
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester: [faking a French accent] Shall I be Catholic?
[stronger French accent]
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester: Shall we all be Catholic?
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Alternate Versions

When the series was repeated on British TV in 2006, the footage of the Babington plotters being tortured was cut, and the execution of Queen Mary was cut so that she was beheaded with one stroke, although the scene of Leicester telling Elizabeth that it had taken two strokes was left in. See more »


Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: Picture Perfect (2008) See more »

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A great cast for a tremendous story!
26 April 2006 | by jojobear124See all my reviews

Helen Mirren truly shines as Queen Elizabeth I. All of the cast members are excellent, especially Jeremy Irons and Hugh Dancy.

I do not know how accurate this miniseries is with respect to all of the events that were happening at this time (circa 1589), but the characters were all portrayed in a totally believable and brilliant manner. The costumes were wonderful! Helen Mirren, I believe, gave the performance of a lifetime as the incredibly complex Queen, a daughter of Henry the VIII.

I think this is one of the most intense, brilliant, and wonderful miniseries produced. Sit back and prepared to be swept away to the 16th century. A most memorable miniseries! I rarely give a 10 out of 10 possible points but this miniseries truly is deserving!

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Release Date:

22 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elizabeth I See more »

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1.78 : 1
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