From teenage princess to accomplished queen, torn between duty and personal longing, the reign of Elizabeth I is exposed in this lavish drama filmed against a backdrop of some of Great Britain's most beautiful houses and landscapes.




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Series cast summary:
Anne-Marie Duff ...  Queen Elizabeth I 4 episodes, 2006
Sienna Guillory ...  Lettice Knollys 4 episodes, 2006
Ian Hart ...  William Cecil - Lord Burghley 4 episodes, 2006
Tom Hardy ...  Robert Dudley / ... 4 episodes, 2006
Dexter Fletcher ...  Sir Thomas Radcliffe - Earl of Sussex 3 episodes, 2006
Richard Syms ...  Courtier 3 episodes, 2006
Tara Fitzgerald ...  Kat Ashley 3 episodes, 2006
Ulrich Thomsen ...  Baron Casper Breuner / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Jason Watkins ...  Christopher Hatton 3 episodes, 2006
Ben Daniels ...  Francis Walsingham 3 episodes, 2006
Nigel Martin Davey ...  Earl of Pembroke 2 episodes, 2006
Kevin McKidd ...  Duke of Norfolk 2 episodes, 2006
Rodrigo De Veccha Rodrigo De Veccha ...  Jester 2 episodes, 2006
Marcello Magni ...  Alvarez De Quadra 2 episodes, 2006
Emilia Fox ...  Amy Dudley 2 episodes, 2006
Lisa Millett ...  Mrs. Odingsell 2 episodes, 2006
Ralph Ineson ...  Dr. William Cowes 2 episodes, 2006
Ewen Bremner ...  Sir James Melville 2 episodes, 2006
Hans Matheson ...  Earl of Essex / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Joanna Griffiths ...  Agnes 2 episodes, 2006
Siobhan Hewlett ...  Cecily 2 episodes, 2006
Geoff Bell ...  Dentist 2 episodes, 2006
Karl Theobald ...  Alsop 2 episodes, 2006
Daniel Evans ...  Robert Cecil 2 episodes, 2006
Derek Riddell ...  Sir Walter Raleigh 2 episodes, 2006
Neil Stuke ...  Francis Bacon 2 episodes, 2006
Sebastian Armesto ...  Charles Blount 2 episodes, 2006
Shaun Evans ...  Earl of Southampton 2 episodes, 2006
Simon Anderson ...  Courtier 2 episodes, 2006
Gavin Brocker ...  Young Man 2 episodes, 2006
Jordy Cernik ...  Period Guard 2 episodes, 2006
Dirk Smith ...  Soldier 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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Philip II of Spain was born in 1527 and only 6 years older than Elizabeth. He was 31 when his wife Mary Tudor died, a lot younger than depicted in the series. See more »


Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: If I am exiled they will see it as proof of my guilt, I'm done for!
[Elizabeth is unmoved]
Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester: All these months you kept me close you were using me. Playing with me for your own callous ends as you do all men! So long as I was married you were safe, and now I am free you spurn me! If I leave I won't return, Bess. It will be the last time you ever see me.
Queen Elizabeth I: [He turns to leave] I will have but one mistress here, and no master! Do you hear me? I will have no man rule over me!
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Composed by Martin Phipps
Sung by Dessislava Stefanova
Published by BDI Music
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2 December 2020 | by mandagrammySee all my reviews

I've watched countless versions of the history of Queen Elizabeth l and her reign, and I find this one to be among the very best of the lot. The attention to known facts is excellent, as well as settings and costuming. Most remarkable of all is the quality of makeup, as we watch the Queen age from her teens to old age. Special kudos go to Anne-Marie Duff as the Queen. Her mercurial portrayal of a woman who suffered so much in her youth, and yet managed to rule an entire nation with an iron hand, which must have been shaped by that youth, is remarkable. I highly recommend this version of her story, which is no doubt far more accurate than so many others. Two thumbs very high up for this one.

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Release Date:

13 November 2005 (USA) See more »

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Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen See more »


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GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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