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Elizabeth (1998)

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Biography, Drama, History

Elizabeth is biography film directed by Shekhar Kapur, and written by Michael Hirst. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Christopher Eccleston, Tim Bevan, Kathy Burke and Fanny Ardant.

Elizabeth Tudor (Cate Blanchett) becomes queen of a divided and dangerous England in 1558. She is roundly perceived as weak by threats from within and abroad, and she is strongly advised to marry by counsel William Cecil (Richard Attenborough). But she will be married only to her country. Intelligent and cautious, she must choose where to place her trust: with her shrewd secretary Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush), a master of espionage, or her secret lover, Sir Robert Dudley (Joseph Fiennes).

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Writer: Michael Hirst

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Christopher Eccleston, Tim Bevan, Kathy Burke, Fanny Ardant

►Cast:

Liz GilesFemale Martyr
Rod CulbertsonMaster Ridley
Paul FoxMale Martyr
Terence RigbyBishop Gardiner
Christopher EcclestonDuke of Norfolk
Peter StockbridgePalace Chamberlain
Amanda RyanLettice Howard
Kathy BurkeQueen Mary Tudor
Valerie GaleMary’s Dwarf
George AntoniKing Philip II of Spain
James FrainAlvaro de la Quadra
Jamie ForemanEarl of Sussex
Edward HardwickeEarl of Arundel
Cate BlanchettElizabeth I
Emily MortimerKat Ashley
Joseph FiennesRobert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
Kelly MacdonaldIsabel Knollys
Wayne SleepDance Tutor
Sally GreyLady in Waiting
Kate LoustauLady in Waiting
Elika GibbsLady in Waiting
Sarah OwenLady in Waiting
Lily AllenLady in Waiting
Joe WhiteMaster of the Tower
Matt AndrewsNorfolk’s Man
Liam FoleyNorfolk’s Man
Geoffrey RushSir Francis Walsingham
Ben FrainYoung French Man
Richard AttenboroughSir William Cecil
Lewis JonesPriest
Michael BeintBishop Carlisle
Angus DeaytonWaad, Chancellor of the Eschequer
Eric CantonaMonsieur de Foix
Kenny DoughtySir Thomas Elyot
Hayley BurroughsElizabeth’s Dwarf
Fanny ArdantMary of Guise
Joseph O’ConorEarl of Derby
Brendan O’HeaLord William Howard
Edward HighmoreLord Harewood
Daniel MoynihanFirst Bishop
Jeremy HawkSecond Bishop
James RoweBishop
Donald PelmearThird Bishop
Tim BevanHandsome Man
Charles CartmellDudley’s Man
Edward PurverDudley’s Man
Vincent CasselDuc d’Anjou
John GielgudThe Pope
Daniel CraigJohn Ballard
Vladimir VegaVatican Cardinal
Alfie AllenArundel’s Son
Daisy BevanArundel’s Daughter
Jennifer LewickiArundel’s Housemaid
Viviane HorneArundel’s Wife
Nick SmallmanWalsingham’s Man
James BrittonMember of Duc d’Anjou’s Group
Martin L. EvansMale Martyr 2
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Ben MarsRoyal Guard of Honour
Daniel O’MearaHenchman
Jocelyn QuivrinFrench Guard
Matthew Rhys
Christian SimpsonRoyal Guard

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