Young Victoria - Giving us the Viccies

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  • 5 March 2009
Peter Sellers as Queen Victoria

Peter Sellers as Queen Victoria

Other screen portrayals of HRH Queen Vic

Patricia Routledge
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.

Judi Dench
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.

Miriam Margoyles
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.

Pauline Collins
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.

Kathy Bates
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.

Peter Sellers
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.

Michael Palin
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.

The Young Victoria

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • UK / US
  • 1h 44min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Written by: Julian Fellowes
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent, Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Thomas Kretschmann, Julian Glover, Michael Maloney, Rachael Stirling

Was she just another inbred royal or was she a caring monarch who loved her country as much as she loved her boring husband? These are just a few of the questions asked of Queen Victoria by Julian Fellowes in his typically expansive and witty screenplay. Produced by Scorsese and featuring the cream of British cinema, this…

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