As far as prestige roles go, Queen Elizabeth II has been a juicy affair for actors for several decades.
The latest high-profile addition to the ranks is Imelda Staunton (who you may remember as Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter films), who appeared in seasons five and six of Netflix’s hit drama The Crown (the fifth season). is scheduled to premiere in November).
Her Majesty was also a frequent cameo character in comedy and parody.
In honor of her 70-year reign, The Post takes a look back at the many incarnations – from the memorable to the saucy and semi-biographical to the outright fictional – and the famous actors and actresses who portrayed Her Royal Highness, who died at 96.
Claire Foy on The Crown
Foy won an Emmy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in seasons one and two of the acclaimed Netflix series, which focused on the monarch’s early years and her forthcoming marriage to Prince Philip (Matthew Smith).
Freya Wilson in “The King’s Speech”
Wilson plays little Princess Elizabeth in this World War II set, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Picture and starred Colin Firth as Elizabeth’s father, George VI, who was learning to overcome his stutter.
Helen Mirren in The Queen
Mirren’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in this 2006 drama has become the hallmark of the role. Directed by Stephen Frears, the film follows the monarch in the time surrounding Princess Diana’s death.
Sarah Gadon in “A Royal Night”
This 2015 indie comedy is a fictionalized portrayal of a teenage Elizabeth (Gadon) and her sister Margaret (Bel Powley) as they escape their royal guards and meet the locals on Victory Day in Europe in 1945.
Olivia Colman on The Crown
Oscar winner Colman lived up to Foy’s high bar when she took on the role of Queen in her middle age in the show’s third and fourth seasons.
Emma Thompson in Playhouse Presents
In a 2012 episode of the Sky Arts series called “Walking the Dogs,” Thompson plays the Queen in a plot based on a true story in which an intruder (Eddie Marsan) invades Buckingham Palace and joins chats to the monarch whose guard has stepped away to—as the title suggests—walk their corgis.
Neve Campbell in Churchill: The Hollywood Years
Christian Slater stars as Winston Churchill as a Bruce Willis-esque action hero in this 2004 parody of dramatic World War II films. Campbell’s Elizabeth has an overly posh British accent and finds herself in the midst of various slapstick scenarios, including being slapped in the face with a Nazi salute.
Julie Walters in The Queen’s Corgi
This 2019 animated children’s film focuses more on the canine than the queen, but British actress Walters aptly addresses the king, who is known to appreciate the stubby-legged canines (she’s reportedly had more than 30 of them in her lifetime).
Jane Alexander in “William & Catherine: A Romance Royal”
American actress Alexander plays the queen in this cheesy Hallmark version of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s courtship and wedding.
Maggie Sullivun in Harry & Meghan: A Romance Royal
Sullivun (“All the boys: PS I still love you”) plays the monarch in Lifetime’s film, a sort of sequel to the hit Will and Kate romance, this time starring the more unorthodox Harry and Meghan. It spawned two sequels, also starring Sullivun: Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal and Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace.
Jeannette Charles in “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
Charles is the reigning champion of comedic Elizabeth impersonators, having played the monarch in The Naked Gun, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, the Beatles satire The Rutles and many others – including the sequel Austin Powers “ from the year 1975. which was published in 2002.
Cate Blanchett on Family Guy
Blanchett prevailed over her respectable actress with a cameo as the voice of the monarch in Seth MacFarlane’s irreverent cartoon.
Rosemary lye in ‘Margaret’
This BBC drama centered on the latter part of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s (Lindsay Duncan) reign, with Leach (“A Room With a View”) playing Elizabeth.
Jennifer Saunders in “Minions”
Saunders (“Absolutely Fabulous”) voiced Elizabeth in this sequel to Despicable Me. In 2002, Saunders refused the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth. “We thought, ‘There’s a lot of people who deserve these things,’ and getting it made it kind of a mockery. There are people working for the NHS or doing great charity work and we hadn’t really done anything. It was silly,” she told Best Magazine.
Eddie Izzard in The Simpsons
The transgender comic voiced the Queen (as well as Prince Charles) in a 2010 episode of The Simpsons titled To Surveil With Love.
Scott Thompson in “The Children in the Hall”
This Canadian sketch show is known for its diverse male members playing female roles, and Thompson – who was one of the first openly gay comics – has played the queen in several sketches over the years.
Kristin Scott Thomas in The Audience
In 2013, Helen Mirren reprized her role as Queen on Broadway in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience; two years later, Thomas played the role on stage in London.
Fred Armisen on Saturday Night Live
Armisen played a salty Queen Elizabeth in several sketches during his tenure on SNL, including alongside Anne Hathaway in Kate Middleton Meets the Real Royal Family, Katy Perry in Pippa Visits the Queen, and Elton John in Elton John and the Royal wedding.”
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