Movies and historical series, crazy comedies, animated films and series, documentaries … Queen Elizabeth II of England was at times the central character, at times one of the protagonists, or a simple “guest-star”, in countless film and television productions over the decades. Here are some examples.
“The Queen”, film by Stephen Frears (2006)
After Lady Diana’s death, crowds accumulate bouquets of flowers outside Buckingham Palace. Without being able to fill the void left by Elizabeth II with her absence. In Queendirector Stephen Frears coldly examines a very hot topic: Elizabeth II’s reaction to the death of her ex-daughter-in-law.
Immersed in the corridors of power, the viewer witnesses the balance of power between the royal family, reluctant to react, and Tony Blair, newly appointed Prime Minister, who intends to satisfy the grieving public opinion. For her portrayal of the Queen of hers, Helen Mirren will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actress.
“The Crown”, series by Peter Morgan (launched in 2016)
For the first time with The crown, a series is entirely devoted to the life of a monarch, Elizabeth II, and her entourage. The series may be a work of fiction, but it remains true to the reality of this extraordinary family. The royal residences, the sets and the costumes allow you to retrace their intimate life with precision. Here, there is no risk of ruin, small family stories mingle with major world events: Churchill’s last years, the Suez Canal affair, Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power.
Welcome to the heart of the reactor. But the story is not just about the royal palace, but also about the relationship with politics and developments in British society. The first season tells the queen’s early years, from her marriage to Philip in 1947 to the couple’s turmoil in 1955. The viewer closely experiences the rise of the very young queen after the death of her father. The relationship with history is incisive. Season 2 therefore offers a dip in their intimacy. The childhood of the Duke of Edinburgh is told at length, showing a largely unknown aspect of the man. Season 3, the scandals continue with the divorce of Princess Margaret, sister of Elizabeth II, and the meeting between Prince Charles and Camilla Shand. But everything changes in season 4 with the arrival of two women: Diana Spencer and Margaret Thatcher. Season 5 of The crown, closer to us, is expected in November 2022 on Netflix.
“The King’s Speech”, film by Tom Hooper (2010)
Elizabeth II is not the protagonist of this hugely successful film (original title: The king’s speech), but we discover the future Queen of England in her relationship with her beloved father, George VI (played by Colin Firth), plagued by his word anxieties, a stuttering difficult to reconcile with public engagements at the highest level. eve of the second world war. The future monarch, pushed to the wall by his brother’s abdication, overcomes his handicap with the support of re-educator Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush).
“Is There a Cop to Save the Queen?”, David Zucker Film (1988)
The police are tasked with protecting the queen during her visit to Los Angeles, while a criminal organization plans to assassinate her on this occasion. Adaptation of the television series Police squad (1982) produced by the same caustic team, this American comedy (original title: The Naked Gun: From the Police Squad Archives!) presents the hilarious Leslie Nielsen, Ricardo Montalban, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy and the unmissable Jeannette Charles, an actress who has specialized in the role of Elizabeth II for forty years because of her resemblance to her. A burlesque and crazy comedy, indescribable.
“The Big Good Giant”, film by Steven Spielberg (2016)
Steven Spielberg will also have slipped the character of the Queen of England into one of his films … That said, it was not his idea: The great good giant (Where is it The BGG) is an adaptation of a novel by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Elizabeth II offers a salutary speech in this beautiful fairy tale for young people.
“Johnny English”, film by Peter Howitt (2003)
Another comedy involving the Queen of England and the fate of the monarchy, Johnny English, a James Bond parody released in 2003. Who better than Rowan Atkinson, the interpreter of Mr Bean, could embark on this adventure? In this totally burlesque spy film, the Queen of England is the victim of blackmail against the backdrop of the theft of the crown jewels (certainly highly coveted, both in fiction and in real life).
“A Queen is crowned”, documentary by Christopher Fry (1953)
This historic Technicolor documentary chronicles the coronation of Queen Elizabeth on 2 June 1953. The narrator is none other than Laurence Olivier, one of the greatest British film and theater actors of the 20th century. In 1954, this film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Film at the 26th American Academy of Motion Picture Awards. The first Golden Globe documentary was awarded to him in 1953. The film was restored for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, celebrated in June 2022. It is currently available on the Apple TV platform.
“The Minions”, animated film by Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin (2015)
Elizabeth II, a pop icon, also appears in the world of animation. In the American-French-Japanese film Minion (original title: you serve), the strange yellow characters of the franchise who cross time are involved in a criminal project, that of the theft of the crown of England. The opportunity to see the queen as an animated character.
“Royal Corgi”, animated film by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot (2019)
Elizabeth II and her legendary passion for corgi dogs inspired a Belgian animated film released in 2019. In this film, Rex, the monarch’s favorite corgi, inadvertently bites US President Donald Trump and ends up far from the palace of Buckingham, to experience a whole bunch of adventures before finding his beloved lover …
Elizabeth II, distinguished guest of the “Simpsons” … who nearly killed her
A small reminder, finally, of this episode in which the Simpsons car accidentally crashes into the carriage of the Queen of England, making her reign almost prematurely end … Beaten by Her Majesty’s guards, Homer Simpson finds himself in court in front of a monarch wears a neckerchief adorned with diamonds, not very indulgent towards the slightly mocking driver: “Smash it!” (“Destroy it”), he says. “Rules of America!” (“America dominates”, in essence), responds the evacuated defendant from the room, reviving the old history between the United Kingdom and its former colony. Elizabeth II appeared in other episodes of the animated series, spanning approximately 33 seasons.