There are few who have been portrayed on the big screen more times than the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Britain’s longest-serving monarch and the second-longest reigning monarch in world history, The Queen died on Thursday, aged 96. In a sentence royal family announced“The queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.”
Queen Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom, dies at 96
Having reigned for 70 years, the Queen’s position as a cultural icon cannot be underestimated, especially on screen. From Oscar-winning dramas to slapstick comedies, Queen Elizabeth II has appeared as a character in more than 20 feature films (not to mention many, many more TV shows).
From his first on-screen portrayal in the early 1970s to a CGI cameo in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the BFGwe’ve rounded up the various film portrayals of the Queen below.
Tricia’s weddingSteven Walden, 1971
According to IMDb, this is the first fictional film portrayal of Her Majesty.
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A short comedy spoof involving the glamorous Steven Walden playing a young Queen Elizabeth II in a ridiculous version of Tricia Nixon’s wedding.
Hong Kong BonsbaisersHuguette Funfrock, 1975
Another comedy, and the first of several times, the queen was played by the French actress Huguette Funfrock. Hong Kong Bonsbaiserswhich translates as From Hong Kong with lovefocuses on the failed attempts of four French agents to help rescue the Queen from kidnappers (it’s basically a very ridiculous parody of James Bond).
queen kongJeanette Charles, 1976
The only person who has played the Queen more times than Huguette Funfrock is British actress (and undeniably look-alike) Jeannette Charles. Her role in the adventure comedy. queen kong it’s brief, but wields the Queen’s signature wave and iconic line: “We certainly weren’t amused.”
Le bourreau des coeursHuguette Funfrock, 1983
The second time Funfrock played Queen Elizabeth II was in the 1983 film. Le bourreau des coeurs (also know as The heartbreaker), a French comedy about a little-known actor who rises to fame.
Ace’s Go Places 3Huguette Funfrock, 1984
Funfrock’s final outing as the Queen (at least on film) was in the Hong Kong comedy (and another Bond spoof) Ace’s Go Places 3which involves a larger than life plot about gem thieves and lots of weird scenarios and high speed chases.
National Lampoon’s European VacationJeanette Charles, 1985
Jeannette Charles stars in this movie alongside a Prince Charles.
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Jeannette Charles again, this time appearing nine years later queen kong in a dream sequence towards the beginning of National Lampoon’s European Vacation. She also has more lines in this one, and a supporting cast of members of the royal family.
The Naked Gun: From the police squad files!Jeanette Charles, 1988
Anyone who has seen ‘The Naked Gun’ will remember this moment.
Leslie Nielsen’s calamitous attempt to save the Queen from what he believes to be an assassination attempt has to be one of the most memorable scenes in the naked gun (and definitely Jeanette Charles’s most memorable turn as Her Majesty).
the BFGAngela Thorne, 1989
Here is an animated Queen Elizabeth II preparing to gift a castle to a giant.
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The Queen (voiced by Angela Thorne) appears at the end of the 1989 Roald Dahl animation. the BFG offering Sophie and the rest of the orphans a home in Buckingham Palace, and bestowing a castle on the Big Friendly Giant himself.
The DukeCarolyn Sadowska, 1999
Like Huguette Funfrock and Jeannette Charles, Carolyn Sadowska is another actress who has specialized in playing the Queen (this time in a rather ridiculous comedy that revolves around a Duke who passes on his inheritance to his dog).
Your MajestyRachel Wallis, 2001
Your Majesty revolves around a girl whose obsession with royalty comes to a head after she discovers that Queen Elizabeth II (Rachel Wallis) is visiting her hometown in New Zealand (despite not actually appearing that much in the film, the queen is still a big part of this story).
Ali G. IndahouseJeannette Vane, 2002
The Queen meets Ali G.
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We don’t see the Queen’s face in this one, but we do hear her voice as she meets Ali G. This one is probably up there with the naked gun in terms of memorability.
Austin Powers in Gold MemberJeanette Charles, 2002
Knighting Austin Powers.
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2002 was a banner year for Queen’s comedic cameos. 36 years after Jeannette Charles made her first film appearance in Queen Kong, she cameoed again as her Majesty in the third and final austin powers Movie. It was the last film in which she appeared as the Queen.
what a girl wantselizabeth richard, 2003
Director Dennie Gordon leads a scene with Elizabeth Richard as the Queen.
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This is the first film in which the Elizabeth Richard impersonator has made a cameo appearance as the Queen, and it won’t be the last. It is also the first of two films in which Colin Firth stars alongside a fictionalized version of Her Majesty, this time as the father of American teenager (and main character) Daphne Reynolds.
Churchill: The Hollywood YearsNeve Campbell, 2004
Yes, that’s Neve Campbell.
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There have been some pretty slapstick versions of the Queen up to this point, but Churchill: the hollywood years it really amps it up a bit. The film revolves around Hitler trying to marry the Windsors (yes) and stars Christian Slater as a muscular, action-hero version of Winston Churchill. She also features Neve Campbell as machine-gun-wielding Princess Elizabeth (she was still a few years away from becoming queen at this point).
real face to faceLesley Staples, 2006
Another year, another wildly ridiculous Queen portrayed. I like it what a girl wants, this one involves an American high school student who strangely mixes with the royal family (in this case, the main character wants to try and remove the Queen’s face from the world currency, or something). British actress Lesley Staples plays a ridiculous, dancing version of Queen Elizabeth II.
rabbit on the voidElena Safonova, 2006
rabbit on the void (either Zayats nad bezdnoy, as it is known in Russian) is a 2006 comedy about a man who tries to convince a baron that he is worthy to marry his daughter. Queen Elizabeth II, played by Russian actress Elena Safonova, mounts a horse near the end of the film for an informal cameo.
The QueenLady Helen Mirren, 2006
Dame Helen Mirren is probably the most famous actress who took on the role of Queen Elizabeth II.
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Breaking the almost uninterrupted run of farcical comedy cameos is the 2006 drama The Queen, starring a stern lady Helen Mirren as Her Majesty in the years after Diana. Arguably one of the most successful films in which the Queen has been fictionalized, it received a very positive response from critics and earned Mirren an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
2012elizabeth richard, 2009
It’s a dark and blurry moment, but a fictional Queen Elizabeth II does have a moment where she is rushed along with her corgis during an evacuation scene in the 2009 disaster movie. 2012.
The king’s speechfreya wilson, 2010
Princess Elizabeth, in miniature.
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The king’s speech – which takes place in the years immediately before the outbreak of World War II – features the youngest film ever to portray Queen Elizabeth II (Freya Wilson), long before she became the ruling monarch. This is definitely the most critically successful film starring the Majesty of her: it was nominated for eight Oscars in 2011 and won four.
a royal nightSarah Gadon, 2015
A young Princess Elizabeth at the end of World War II, played by Sarah Gadon.
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Following comfortably from The king’s speech comes from a royal night — a film that focuses on Princess Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and her sister Margaret celebrating the end of World War II with a wild night in 1945.
minionsJennifer Saunders, 2015
The Queen has had many unusual movie cameos over the years, but fighting a Minion trying to steal her crown has to be one of the most memorable. We especially like the way her majesty (voiced by Jennifer Saunders) drops the googly-eyed thief.
the BFGPenelope Wilton, 2016
The Queen meets the BFG.
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27 whole years after the animated version of the BFG Disney’s live-action remake arrives, complete with another cameo from the Queen. Penelope Wilton’s version of the monarch is less formal and more daring.
queen corgiMari Devon and Julie Walters, 2019
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2019 saw Queen Elizabeth II in another CGI outing, this time voiced by Mari Devon and Julie Walters and in a supporting role as the real star of the show: her lost corgi, Rex, voiced by Jack Whitehall, who is Get caught up in an adventure. in London after getting lost outside the palace.
spencerStella Gonet, 2021.
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Due to the popularity of The crownThe fourth season, which followed Lady Diana Spencer’s relationship with Prince Charles in the 1980s, spencer takes a look at the same story, this time focusing on a Christmas with the royal family in 1991. Although Lady Diana is the center of attention, Queen Elizabeth II, of course, also has a major role to play, played this time by Stella Gonet.
In closing, it’s worth noting that there were a couple of other references on IMDb to other movies that are harder to track. One of them was a 1999 TV movie called The dog and the beggarwhile the other was called an impressively ridiculous James Bond parody. Never Say Never Mind: The Swedish Bikini Team (2001).
The Queen has also been portrayed in countless television series, from short doctor who cameos on critically acclaimed shows like The crownin which she has been played by Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton.