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All the Performers Who Have Played Queen Elizabeth II, Ranked  

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Queen Elizabeth II has spent over 60 years on the throne and has been fodder for pop culture ever since she was old enough to wear a crown. Over the years, there have been many actresses who portrayed the queen in movies, TV, and on the stage. In fact, there are many male actors who played Her Majesty, as well!

But which performer is the best queen? Help rank the best Queen Elizabeth performances by voting up the one you like best. Unlike medieval England, this is not a monarchy. All votes are welcome as we decide who is the queen of queens. If you loved Claire Foy as Lisbeth, check out the best Girl in the Spider's Web quotes to relive some of her best lines.

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Film portrayed in: The Queen

A legend in her own right, Helen Mirren won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Her Majesty in 2006. She later reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth II on stage in The Audience on Broadway and the West End from 2013 through 2015.

Age: 73

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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TV series portrayed in: The Crown

Foy landed the role of the queen in the Netflix series The Crown. The show was created and run by Peter Morgan, the writer of the film The Queen and the stage play The Audience.

Age: 34

Birthplace: Stockport, United Kingdom

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Freya Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Performers Who Have Played Queen Elizabeth II, Ranked
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Film portrayed in: The King's Speech

Wilson played the then-Princess Elizabeth in a film about her father and his fight to overcome a stutter. The King's Speech won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2011.

Age: 20

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Performers Who Have Played Queen Elizabeth II, Ranked
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TV special portrayed in: Walking the Dogs

Known better to Americans as Nanny McPhee, Thompson portrayed the queen in this 30-minute TV special based on the time an intruder broke into Buckingham Palace. Fortunately, all that occurred was a polite chat... until the palace guards came in and arrested the intruder.

Age: 59

Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom

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