The Queen on screen: the best media images of Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen on screen: the best media images of Queen Elizabeth II

We’re celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s media incarnations.

Here are some of her best screen and media appearances.

  1. A Royal Night Out (2015)

Sarah Gadon in A Royal Night Out   LIONSGATE

This largely fictional romance set on V.E Day in 1945 when Elizabeth and her Sister Margaret were allowed to join the celebrations in disguise and slipped away from their escorts, starred Canadian actress Sarah Gadon as the young Liz. (In reality the sisters did have a night out, but they were in a group of 16 and were home by 1am).


  1. The Naked Gun (1988)

Jeannette Charles in The Naked Gun  MOVIESTOREELLEMEN

Leslie Nielsen’s accident-prone cop Frank Drebin is tasked with supervising a visit from the Queen to LA, and foiling an assassination attempt in this slapstick spin-off from the Police Squad TV show. Serial Queen-a-like Jeannette Charles plays the monarch who’s rugby tackled onto a dining table in front of crowds of paparazzi in one scene.


  1. Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002)

Jeanette Charles as HM Queen Elizabeth II in Austin Powers in Goldmember NEW LINE CINEMA

Austin Powers (Mike Myers) receives a Knighthood from the Queen (Jeannette Charles again) for his services to the country in the final instalment of the cult spy spoof. Charles made a career out of appearing as Her Maj on the big and small screen including roles in The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, National Lampoon’s European Vacation and an episode of Saturday Night Live.


  1. The King’s Speech (2010)

Freya Wilson as Princess Elizabeth in The King’s Speech THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

Freya Wilson was just 10 years old when she took on the role of the mini-Monarch-to-be in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning drama about her father, King George VI’s (played by Colin Firth) struggle with a stutter. Helena Bonham Carter plays the Queen Mother, who requested that writer David Seidler postpone work on his script until after her death.


  1. The Simpsons (various)

The Queen in The Simpsons FOX

A yellow version of Queen Elizabeth has popped up in several eps of The Simpsons voiced by Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell and bizarrely Eddie Izzard, in episode ‘To Surveil With Love’, which finishes with the meta-concept that the antics of the residents of Springfield have been shown as a reality TV show in the UK. Izzard as Elizabeth appears, saying she’ll miss Ralph Wiggum because he reminds her of her son Charles. Charles then turns up and says “my cat’s breath smells like cat food”.


  1. The Queen (2006)

Helen Mirren in The Queen  PATHÉ PICTURES

Surely the definitive portrayal is by Helen Mirren in Stephen Frears’ sensitive examination of the time following the death of Princess Diana. It’s a highly sympathetic portrait which raised the popularity of the monarch and won Mirren an Oscar and a BAFTA. The Queen herself apparently approved and invited Mirren to dinner. Mirren was unfortunately a bit too snowed.


  1. The Olympic Opening Ceremony (2012)

Queen Elizabeth II, Daniel Craig in James Bond skit for London 2012 Olympics

Arriving in a helicopter then parachuting into the Olympic Stadium (not actually) with Bond star Daniel Craig, Queen Elizabeth made quite the entrance in Danny Boyle’s glorious opening ceremony to the 2012 Olympic Games. It showed her in a great light and marked a celebration of Britishness that juggled sincerity and spectacle with humility and a sense of humour. Boyle nailed it, and so did QEII!


Only Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, and Verity Russell can say they played Queen Elizabeth in The Crown.


8.   Claire Foy As Queen Elizabeth In The Crown Seasons 1 & 2

9.    Verity Russell As Princess Elizabeth In The Crown Seasons 1 & 3



10.     Olivia Colman As Queen Elizabeth In The Crown Seasons 3 & 4


11.     Imelda Staunton As Queen Elizabeth In The Crown Season 5



12.   Spitting Image Queen Elizabeth II Puppet 

13.   Front Cover of the ‘God Save The Queen ‘ Single by the Sex Pistols UK No.2 11th June 1977.

14.   Special Postal Stamps


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