The many depictions of the queen

Helen Mirren stars as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (PA) (PA Media)

The Queen’s historic reign on the throne has long created a fascinating history, leading to a variety of portrayals of the monarch on screen.

From Dame Helen Mirren to Claire Foy, here’s a look at some of the actors who have taken on the role.

– Dame Helen Mirren: The Queen and The Audience

Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth for Peter Morgan's The Audience (Johan Persson/PA) (PA Media)

Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth for Peter Morgan’s The Audience (Johan Persson/PA) (PA Media)

The Oscar-winning British actress has played the Queen on the silver screen and on stage.

He first took on the role for 2006’s The Queen, which focused on the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, and whether the monarch would return to London from Balmoral to pay his respects amid mounting public pressure.

Dame Helen, who won an Oscar and a Bafta for her performance, previously revealed that she sent a letter to the Queen while filming as she quickly realized it was dealing with a sensitive time in her life.

After the release of the film, which was written by Peter Morgan, he was invited to dine with the real monarch but was unable to attend because he was filming in the US.

The Hollywood star also played the Queen for the 2013 West End play The Audience, which focused on the weekly meetings between the monarch and her prime ministers.

Dame Helen won an Oliver Award for her performance and a Tony Award when she reprized the role for the 2015 Broadway version.

– Claire Foy: The Crown

Matt Smith and Claire Foy in The Crown (Alex Bailey/Netflix)

Matt Smith and Claire Foy in The Crown (Alex Bailey/Netflix)

British actress Foy was the first to play the queen in the popular Netflix series The Crown, which also sees Morgan as the main writer.

She debuted the role in 2016 for the show’s first season and reprized it for the second with Matt Smith portraying the late Prince Philip.

Foy received a number of awards for her performance, including an Emmy and a Golden Globe as well as two Bafta nominations.

– Olivia Colman: The Crown

(Tobias Menzies/Netflix/PA)

(Tobias Menzies/Netflix/PA)

Coleman took on the role for the third and fourth seasons of the royal period drama series.

She was also honored with an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the middle-aged queen.

– Imelda Staunton: The Crown

(Alex Bailey/Netflix/PA)

(Alex Bailey/Netflix/PA)

Staunton was the third actress to play the Queen in the lavish TV series.

The actress will play the monarch who reigns in the 21st century in the upcoming fifth series, which is set to return to theaters in November.

The Crown was due to end after its fifth series, but Morgan later said it would be extended to include a sixth series.

– Dame Emma Thompson: Playhouse Presents

Dame Emma Thompson playing the Queen (Justin Downing/Sky Arts/PA) (PA Media)

Dame Emma Thompson playing the Queen (Justin Downing/Sky Arts/PA) (PA Media)

Dame Emma portrayed the Queen in an episode of Playhouse Presents, which dramatized an incident in 1982 when an intruder broke into the monarch’s bedchamber.

The episode, titled Walking The Dogs, retold the story of how the intruder broke in while a Buckingham guard watching her room was walking her dogs.

– Stella Gonet: Spencer

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UNITED KINGDOM. Stella Gonet in the new movie (C)Neon: Spencer (2021). Plot: During her Christmas vacation with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles. Ref: LMK110-J7376-240921 Provided by L

Scottish actress Gonet has accepted the challenge of playing the Queen for the 2021 film Spencer.

Unlike many other films and TV series, Spencer takes place over just three days and follows Diana, Princess of Wales during Christmas 1991 at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.

– Freya Wilson: The King’s Speech

Ramona Marquez (left) and Freya Wilson of The King's Speech (Sean Dempsey/PA) (PA File)

Ramona Marquez (left) and Freya Wilson of The King’s Speech (Sean Dempsey/PA) (PA File)

The British actress played a young Princess Elizabeth in the 2010 historical film, which tells the story of future King George VI, the Queen’s late father, who works to overcome a stutter by seeing a speech therapist.

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