Elizabeth I of England reigned for 44 years, which presents a lot of opportunity for Oscar and Emmy nominations. Whatever an actor's age, there's an Elizabeth for them - the precocious teen princess, the embattled young queen, the regal eminence in all her splendor, or the declining monarch staving off mortality with rouge and pancake makeup.
A century's worth of screen thespians have risen to the challenge of bringing Good Queen Bess to life, and there seems to be no end in sight. The most memorable Elizabeths may be Glenda Jackson in Elizabeth R, Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth, and Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love. But they're just the tip of the iceberg. How many characters can claim to have been played by both Sarah Bernhardt and Margot Robbie?
Peruse our roundup of over 30 women (and a couple of men) who have played Elizabeth I and vote up your favorites.
- Photo: Elizabeth: The Golden Age / Universal Pictures
- Age: 52
- Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Australia
- Nationality: Australia
- Photo: All3Media
- Age: 76
- Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England, UK
- Nationality: United Kingdom
- Photo: Miramax Films
- Age: 86
- Birthplace: Heworth, United Kingdom
- Nationality: United Kingdom, England
Laoise Murray In 'The Tudors' (2010)Photo: ShowtimeBest Bess?