Queen Elizabeth, the queen of England has always been popular and recurring in Hollywood. There have been so many films, even television shows that have used the visual medium to depict the famed monarch. The inner tapestry of the British royal family has always intrigued the viewers, the character of Queen Elizabeth, in particular, has been attracting filmmakers to base their films on the powerful queens and their prowess. Let’s check a few films that have been based on the British Royal Family.
Cate Blanchett acts as Elizabeth Tudor in this 1998 historical drama. This film focuses on the female monarch’s ascension to the throne after her sister dies and Elizabeth takes on the crown. The film also focuses on the romance brewing between Elizabeth Tudor and Sir. Robert Dudley. She chooses to remain married to her county; not get into a marital alliance with her suitors for politics and forsake power.
In this 1998’s Elizabeth, which featured Cate Blanchett as the leading lady, she successfully established her power as the Protestantism during her reign; championing the arts, stabilize the country that was torn with internal strifes. With the role of Elizabeth, Blanchett was able to manage to establish the historical figure’s power; she proclaimed herself a bride of England and establish her prowess as the Virgin Queen.
The King’s Speech
Fans not only got to know more about Queen Elizabeth but also King George VI, played impeccably by Colin Firth. No wonder it fetched him his first Oscar Award. The movie follows King George VI as he tries to overcome his stammer, a process depicted in several other shows. George forms a great bond with his speech therapist, Lionel Logue, and how the king steps up the throne following his brother’s sudden abdication. This film has been watched by the present Queen Elizabeth; who gave it her blessing.
Fire Over England
Fire Over England is a film about a naval officer that comes across Spain’s plan to fight against England. This plot helps the young man to win the heart of one of Queen Elizabeth’s ladies in waiting. Fire Over England is an important film about Queen Elizabeth; Flora Robson, the actress who dons the role of monarch adds a certain amount of elegance to the character. The lady in waiting, played by Vivien Leigh put up a wonderful emotive act and kept the audiences riveted to the screens.
Shakespeare In Love
Shakespeare in Love is certainly a cult classic, one that you can never get tired of watching. This is one of the films that continues to tug the heartstrings of the hopeless romantic, every time you see it. This is a film about the famous playwright, played by Joseph Finnies and his lover Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow), Queen Elizabeth (Judi Dench) also makes an appearance, as she presides as a judge; she found out whether or not Shakespeare’s play can truly capture the love in all its authentic glory.
The Virgin Queen
Bette Davis takes on the role of Queen Elizabeth in the 1955 film, The Virgin Queen. The plot in this film is pretty simple yet alluring. With the discovery of the New World, an explorer goes to the Queen to ask for her consent to travel to America; however, when the Virgin Queen is hesitant, he finds other devious ways to fulfill his dreams and make his wishes come true.
The Queen is another creation from, the stable of the Crown creator Peter Morgan, this 2006 fictionalized drama depicts the British Royal Family’s reaction to the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
Helen Mirren is immaculate as Queen Elizabeth II; it won her an Academy Award for Best Actress; the star was even invited to dinner at Buckingham Palace by the Queen after its release. Her film met with rousing reviews; she was hailed as the perfect actress to play the queen as she was funny, fascinating, and wicked all at the same time.
Helen Mirren is a favorite to play the role of the royal queen, as she played the role of Elizabeth II here, Elizabeth I in a British television series, and Queen Charlotte in The Madness of King George. This one threw light on the working relationship with Tony Blair in the wake of Princess Diana’s death.
Have you watched any of these films based on the Royal British Family? Let us know which one of these did you find truly captivating?