Young Victoria - Giving us the Viccies
Other screen portrayals of HRH Queen Vic
Long before she was Hyacinth Bouquet, whose ‘sister has a Mercedes, sauna and room for a pony’ she played Queen Vic, in the 1964 TV mini-series Victoria Regina.
Opposite Billy Connolly’s faithful servant Brown, Brit-cinema’s own near-royalty, Dame Judi Dench showed a rare, soft side to the mourning monarch in the stifled romance Mrs Brown.
The vertically challenged actress got a torrent of abuse as Queen Victoria trying to show kindness to the mean Ebenezer Blackadder when she turned up on his doorstep in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol.
It was just a typical day for Dr Who (played by David Tennant this time), when he helped save Queen Victoria, aka Shirley Valentine, from an alien werewolf in the TV series. As you do.
When Steve Coogan went Around the World in 80 Days he ran into the Misery and Titanic actress delivering some good news and cracking a sly smile when she saw his amazing flying machine.
Making a brief film cameo in Victoria’s trademark black frock, Sellers was a grumpy queen opposite Spike Milligan’s struggling Scots poet in the 70s comedy The Great McGonagall.
Never ones to turn down a chance to slip into a dress, both Michael Palin and Terry Jones took turns to play Queen Victoria in separate TV episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
Honourable mention also goes to the long suffering, but stoic performance from Albert Square’s best-loved boozer in Eastenders, The Queen Vic.