Shekhar Kapur (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This Elizabethan political thriller charting the turbulent life and times of the self-proclaimed "Virgin Queen" is given a vivid contemporary focus by Indian director Shekhar Kapur's keen visual eye. A far cry from the usual costume drama, this sumptuous biography is a thoughtful and dramatic triumph and Australian actress Cate Blanchett is a revelation as the strong-willed monarch who nimbly transforms from naive girlhood to true majesty, assisted by Sir Francis Walsingham (Shine's Geoffrey Rush). Richard Attenborough, Joseph Fiennes, Angus Deayton and ex-footballer Eric Cantona flesh out an interesting cast as "Bollywood" meets The Godfather.


Elizabeth I rises to the throne of a divided and troubled Britain, and the early years of her reign find her under pressure to marry and produce an heir - while enemies both overseas and within her own court plot to bring about her downfall. Shekhar Kapur's historical drama, starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston and Joseph Fiennes.

Cast & Crew

Elizabeth I Cate Blanchett
Sir Francis Walsingham Geoffrey Rush
Sir William Cecil Richard Attenborough
The Pope John Gielgud
Mary of Guise Fanny Ardant
Bishop Gardiner Terence Rigby
Duke of Norfolk Christopher Eccleston
Lettice Howard Amanda Ryan
Queen Mary Tudor Kathy Burke
Alvaro de la Quadra James Frain
Earl of Sussex Jamie Foreman
Earl of Arundel Edward Hardwicke
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester Joseph Fiennes
Isabel Knollys Kelly Macdonald
Dance tutor Wayne Sleep
Kat Ashley Emily Mortimer
Woad, Chancellor of the Exchequer Angus Deayton
Monsieur de Foix Eric Cantona
Duc d'Anjou Vincent Cassel
John Ballard Daniel Craig
Lady in Waiting Lily Allen
Director Shekhar Kapur
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Polygram Filmed EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, sex scenes.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray