12 certificateThe Queen is a Film programme that first aired in 2006 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

The Queen is a 4 star programme

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The Queen (2006)

Directed by
Stephen Frears

Helen Mirren turns in an Oscar-winning performance as the Queen in Stephen Frears's critically acclaimed, sharp, witty, pertinent and highly successful biopic about the British monarch. The film focuses on events in the wake of the death of Princess Diana.

On 1 September 1997, the world wakes to the tragic news that Princess Diana has died in a car crash. The event sends a shock wave of public grief around the world, but where are the Queen and the Royal family?

It would have been easy for The Queen to turn into a satire, but Frears avoids this. Keeping things fairly straight, to the point and with some humour, he allows events to unfold - sometimes using archive clips - as he examines the interaction between the monarch and the then prime minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen).

Mirren is very convincing and quite superb in the lead role, and there's fine support from James Cromwell as the Duke of Edinburgh, Sylvia Syms as the Queen Mother and Tim McMullan as Alistair Campbell.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2006

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: UK/France

Filmed in Colour


Image for Helen MirrenHelen Mirren...The Queen
Image for James CromwellJames Cromwell...Prince Philip
Alex Jennings...Prince Charles
Image for Michael SheenMichael Sheen...Tony Blair
Image for Helen McCroryHelen McCrory...Cherie Blair
Image for Mark BazeleyMark Bazeley...Alastair Campbell
Image for Roger AllamRoger Allam...Robin Janvrin
Image for Sylvia SymsSylvia Syms...Queen Mother
Jake Taylor Shantos...Prince William
Dash Barber...Prince Harry
Laurence Burg...Princess Diana
Michel Gay...Dodi Fayed
Susan Hitch...Blair's Secretary
Julian Firth...Blair's Aide
Harry Alexander Coath...Euan Blair
Tim McMullan...Stephen Lamport
Robin Soans...Equerry
Lola Peploe...Janvrin's Secretary
Douglas Reith...Lord Airlie
Joyce Henderson...Balmoral Maid