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The Queen (2-Sep-2006)

Director: Stephen Frears

Writer: Peter Morgan

Keywords: Drama, Biography, British Royalty

Biopic dramatizes Queen Elizabeth II's life in the immediate aftermath of Lady Diana's untimely demise.

Helen Mirren is Queen Elizabeth II at, arguably, the most trying point in her lengthy reign as monarch of the United Kingdom; namely, Lady Diana's shocking death in a car accident in 1997 and the hysteria that followed. Viewers are treated to a dramatization of the Queen's complicated relationship with a public demanding an avowedly public period of mourning and then-newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair, as her normal role as an apolitical unifying spirit for the British public was set aside in favor of a reclusive period of introspection during an unprecedentedly sensitive time.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Roger Allam
26-Oct-1953   Privates on Parade
James Cromwell
27-Jan-1940   Babe, L.A. Confidential
Helen McCrory
17-Aug-1968   The Queen
Helen Mirren
26-Jul-1945   Prime Suspect
Michael Sheen
5-Feb-1969   Welsh stage actor
Sylvia Syms
6-Jan-1934   The Tamarind Seed

CAST (selected characters)

Helen Mirren   ...   Queen Elizabeth II
James Cromwell   ...   Prince Philip
Alex Jennings   ...   Prince Charles
Roger Allam   ...   Robin Janvrin (Queen's Private Secretary)
Sylvia Syms   ...   Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (The Queen Mother)
Tim McMullan   ...   Stephen Lamport (Charles' Private Secretary)
Douglas Reith   ...   Lord Airlie (Lord Chamberlain)
Jake Taylor Shantos   ...   Prince William
Dash Barber   ...   Prince Harry
Michael Sheen   ...   Tony Blair
Helen McCrory   ...   Cherie Blair
Mark Bazeley   ...   Alastair Campbell (Blair's Dir. of Communications)


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