Today I am counting down my top five actresses to portray Elizabeth I!
Number 5: Cate Blanchett Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age
~Cate Blanchett is a great actress to portray Elizabeth I. She is one of the most aesthetically realistic to give life to this role! Both films are enjoyable and visually stunning.
Number 4: Rachel Skarsten Reign
~I really adore the show Reign and Canadian actress Rachel Skarsten did a really good job of playing Elizabeth Tudor.
Number 3: Margot Robbie Mary Queen of Scots
~Margot Robbie is a powerhouse actress of our times, and she did a fantastic job as Elizabeth I! Her willingness to be made up with all of the small pox scars was also admirable, and historically accurate!
Number 2: Glenda Jackson Elizabeth R and Mary Queen of Scots
~Glenda Jackson took the role in the mini-series in the 1970’s and later in the Vanessa Redgrave version of Mary Queen of Scots. Her portrayal is one of the best remembered!
Number 1: Bette Davis The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex and The Virgin Queen
~Bette Davis is an absolute legend, and her portrayals of Elizabeth I were my absolute favorites! I never tire of watching either of these films, and I love the Old Hollywood take on Elizabethan England shown here!
Note on Image: The above image is the poster for The Virgin Queen. I found the image on pinterest.com via britposters.com.
~I hope you have enjoyed my list of favorite Elizabeth I actresses. Let me know your favorites in the comments below!