Mrs Brown

Mrs Brown

John Madden (1997)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Judi Dench and Billy Connolly are a wonderfully regal double-act in this perceptive blend of fact and fiction. The story examines the relationship between Queen Victoria and her Scottish gillie, John Brown, who audaciously dispelled her gloom after the death of Prince Albert and with whom she became so close that gossips gave her his name. The Oscar-nominated Dench provides a wonderfully dignified counter-balance to comedian Connolly, whose forthright bluntness causes consternation among her tradition-bound household staff. Though the role was originally to have been played by Sean Connery, Connolly is more than just a substitute and he makes the part his own. Director John Madden and scriptwriter Jeremy Brock have created an engrossing account of an attachment that might have fulfilled itself romantically had it not been for the repressive conventions of the time.


Queen Victoria is helped by a no-nonsense Scottish manservant to overcome her long period of mourning for the death of her husband. However, it is not long before their subsequent friendship is frowned upon by members of the court. John Madden's period drama, starring Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher and Gerard Butler.

Cast & Crew

Queen Victoria Judi Dench
John Brown Billy Connolly
Henry Ponsonby Geoffrey Palmer
Benjamin Disraeli Antony Sher
Archie Brown Gerard Butler
Dr Jenner Richard Pasco
Bertie, Prince of Wales David Westhead
Lady Ely Bridget McConnell
Director John Madden
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKAvailable on: video and DVD