elizabeth r (1971)


William I by Michael Gambon in Blood Royal: William the Conqueror (1990)
William II by Peter Firth in Blood Royal: William the Conqueror (1990)
Henry I by Clive Wood in The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Stephen by Tony Curran in The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
Henry II by Patrick Stewart in The Lion in Winter (2003)
Richard I by Sean Connery in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
John by Paul Giamatti in Ironclad (2011)
Henry III by Rusty Livingstone in King John (1984)
Edward I by Patrick McGoohan Braveheart (1995)
Edward II by Ian McKellen in Edward II (1970)
Edward III by Ben Willbond in Horrible Histories (2009)
Richard II by Ben Wishaw in The Hollow Crown (2012)
Henry IV by Jeremy Irons in The Hollow Crown (2012)
Henry V by Kenneth Branagh in Henry V (1989)
Henry VI by Peter Benson in Henry The Sixth (1983)
Edward IV by Max Irons in The White Queen (2013)
Edward V by Sonny Serkis in The White Queen (2013)
Richard III by Laurence Olivier in Richard III (1955)
Henry VII by Michael Marcus in The White Queen (2013)
Henry VIII by Keith Michell in The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
Edward VI by Jason Kemp in Elizabeth R (1971)
Mary I by Joanne Whalley in The Virgin Queen (2005)
Elizabeth I by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998)
James I by Robert Carlyle in Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004)
Charles I by Peter Capaldi in The Devil’s Whore (2008)
Charles II by Rufus Sewell in Charles II: The Power and The Passion (2003)
James II by John Westbrook in The First Churchills (1969)
William III & Mary II by Alan Rowe & Lisa Daniely in The First Churchills (1969)
Anne by Margaret Tyzack in The First Churchills (1969)
George I by Peter Bull in Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948)
George II by Richard Griffiths in Pirates of the Caribbean:On Stranger Tides (2011)
George III by Nigel Hawthorne in The Madness of King George (1994)
George IV by Hugh Bonneville in Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006)
William IV by Jim Broadbent in The Young Victoria (2009)
Victoria by Annette Crosbie in Edward the Seventh (1975)
Edward VII by Timothy West in Edward the Seventh (1975)
George V by Tom Hollander in The Lost Prince (2003)
Edward VIII by Stephen Campbell Moore in Wallis & Edward (20005)
George VI by Colin Firth in The King’s Speech (2010)
Elizabeth II by Helen Mirren in The Queen (2006)

*To be updated as necessary. Documentaries and largely fiction-based movies (i.e. The Princess Diaries, Roman Holiday) not included intentionally.

  • A King’s Story (1965)
  • A Man for All Seasons (1966)
  • Anastasia (1956)
  • Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
  • A Royal Affair (2012)
  • Ashoka the Great (2001)
  • A Queen Is Crowned (1953)
  • Becket (1964)
  • Bertie and Elizabeth (2002)
  • Catherine the Great (1996)
  • Catherine the Great (2005)
  • Charles and Camilla: Whatever Love Means (2005)
  • Charles and Diana: A Palace Divided (1992)
  • Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story (1982)
  • Diamond Queen (2012)
  • Diana (2014)
  • Diana – Her True Story (1993)
  • Diana: Last Days of a Princess (2007)
  • Diane (1956)
  • Edward and Mrs Simpson (1978)
  • Edward II (1970)
  • Edward the 7th (1975)
  • Elizabeth (1998)
  • Elizabeth R (1971)
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
  • Farewell My Queen (2012)
  • Felipe and Letizia: An Impossible Love (2004)
  • Felipe y Letizia (2010)
  • Fergie & Andrew: Behind the Palace Doors (1992)
  • Grace Kelly (1983)
  • Grace of Monaco (2014)
  • Hamlet (1948)
  • Hamlet (1996)
  • Henry V (1989)
  • Henry VIII (1991)
  • Henry VIII (2003)
  • Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
  • Ivan The Terrible I & II (1944)
  • Lady Jane (1986)
  • La prise de pouvoir par Louis XIV (1966)
  • La Reine Margot (1994)
  • Ludwig (1972)
  • Marie Antoinette (2006)
  • Mary of Scotland (1936)
  • Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
  • Mayerling (1936)
  • Mrs. Brown (1997)
  • Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
  • Orlando (1992)
  • Peter the Great (1986)
  • Prince William (2002)
  • Queen Christina (1933)
  • Queen Victoria’s Empire (2001)
  • Restoration (1995)
  • Richard III (1995)
  • Sissi (1955)
  • The Crown Prince (2006)
  • The Duchess (2008)
  • The King’s Speech (2010)
  • The Last Emperor (1987)
  • The Libertine (2004)
  • The Lion in Winter (1968)
  • The Lost Prince (2003)
  • The Madness of King George (1994)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
  • The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
  • The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
  • The Queen (2006)
  • The Queen (2010)
  • The Rise of Catherine the Great (1934)
  • The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (1982)
  • The Scarlet Empress (1934)
  • The Shadow of the Tower (1972)
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970)
  • The Virgin Queen (1955)
  • The Woman He Loved (1988)
  • The Women of Windsor (1992)
  • The Young Victoria (2009)
  • Tower of London (1939)
  • Tower of London (1962)
  • Victoria and Albert (2001)
  • Wallis and Edward (2005)
  • W.E. (2012)
  • William and Catherine: A Royal Romance (2011)
  • Will and Kate Forever (2011)
  • William & Kate (2011)
  • Young Bess (1953)

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The Missing Tudors: black people in 16th-century England

[From BBC’s HistoryExtra.com] They were baptised and buried in parishes across the country, and even attended queens at court. So why, asks Onyeka, do we continue to airbrush black Africans out of Tudor England?

When we think of Tudor England, we don’t immediately imagine black Africans being part of that society. Yet there were Africans here at that time, and they were considered numerous enough in Tudor towns and cities to inspire the phrases “to manie” and “great numbers” in two letters signed by Elizabeth I in July 1596.

Both letters sought to have groups of these Africans treated as slaves and exchanged for white English prisoners held captive in Spain and Portugal. Yet it appears that the letters’ authors – an English merchant Thomas Sherley, Sherley’s son of the same name, and a Dutch slave-trader from Lubeck in Germany called Casper Van Senden – were to meet with disappointment. They failed, in their own words “to get any” of the Africans – perhaps because Robert Cecil, the most influential man in Elizabeth’s court, did not like a “commission of that nature”.

Cecil’s view was probably shaped by the likelihood that most Africans were integrated members of the parish communities they lived in, and it would have been  difficult to extract them from their homes and families. 

Africans are described in Tudor parish records from 1558 (when most official records began) until well into the 17th century by terms such as “Blackamoores”, “Neygers”, “Aethiopians” and “Negroes”. Meanwhile, in True Discourse (1578), the English traveller and writer George Best refers to them as being as “black as cole”, “so blacke” that when a “faire [white] English woman” engages in a relationship with them they “begat a sonne in all respects as blacke as the father was”.

These Africans were baptised, buried and recorded in parish records in London, Plymouth, Southampton, Barnstaple, Bristol, Leicester, Northampton and other places across the country. They include men, women and children such as “Christopher Cappervert, a blackemoore”, who was 28 years old when he died. He was buried in the St Botolph without Aldgate area of London on 22 October 1586.

We also have the baptismal record of Mary Fillis, dated 3 June 1597, who was “a black more… dwelling with Millicent Porter, a semester”. Mary had been in England since she was six years old and had originally come with her father from “Morisco” (Andalusia) in Spain.

Piracy and adventure

In Plymouth, there are records for “Bastien, a Blackmoore of Mr Willm Hawkins” who was buried on 10 December 1583. William Hawkins was the son of William Hawkins the elder and the brother of John Hawkins, all of whom practised piracy and adventuring along the Barbary coast, west Africa and beyond. Bastien may have arrived in England as a result of these voyages.

Other Africans buried in England include “Anthony John, a Neyger” on 18 March 1587. There are also baptism records for Africans such as “Helene, daughter of Cristian the negro svant to Richard Sheere, the supposed father being Cuthbert Holman, illeg.” on 2 May 1593.
The recorder has chosen to identify Cristian, Helene’s mother, by a racial epithet, and Cuthbert Holman, her “supposed father”, without one. This probably means that Helene was of mixed parentage.  

Yet Africans weren’t just found in England’s provinces. In fact, some rubbed shoulders with the country’s most powerful figures – in the Tudor court. One such was the Iberian Moor Catalina de Cardones, who arrived in England in 1501 with her employer Catherine of Aragon, later Henry VIII’s wife and queen. Catalina served her mistress for 26 years as the lady of the bedchamber and was married to a “Hace ballestas”, a crossbowman also of Moorish origin.

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Oh, I couldn’t resist. I had such a hard time picking an Elizabeth R still to match with a portrait on my other post, so I figured why not just give it its own post.

All stills from BBC’s Elizabeth R, 1971.

Picture 1: Glenda Jackson as Princess Elizabeth, E:1 / “Elizabeth I when a princess”, William Scrots, 1546.

Picture 2: Daphne Slater as Mary I, E:1 / “Mary I of England”, Antonis Mor, 1554.

Picture 3: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I, E:4 / “The Sieve Portrait”, Quentin Metsys, 1583.

Picture 4: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I, E:5/ “The Darnley Portrait”, Federico Zuccaro (?), 1575.

Picture 5: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I, E:5/ “The Armada Portrait”, George Gower, 1588.

Picture 6: Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I, E:6/ “The Ditchley Portrait”, Marcus Gheeraerts, 1592.

Picture 7: Vivian Pickles as Mary Queen of Scots, E:2/ “Mary Queen of Scots in White Mourning”, Francois Clouet (?), 1560.

Picture 8: Vivian Pickles as Mary Queen of Scots, E:4/ “Mary Queen of Scots in captivity”, unknown artist, c. 1580.

(Also can we just appreciate how all the actors play their characters all the way through, i.e. Glenda Jackson played Elizabeth from ages 15 - 66 when she herself was like 30.)