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The Young Victoria (2009)

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The Young Victoria is a British period drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes, based on the early life and reign of Queen Victoria, and her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Produced by Graham King, Martin Scorsese, Sarah Ferguson, and Timothy Headington.

As screenwriter, Fellowes sought to make the film as historically accurate as possible. With this in mind, Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and historical consultant Alastair Bruce were hired, and filming for The Young Victoria took place at various historical landmarks in England to further the film’s authenticity.

Princess Victoria of Kent is the heir presumptive to the British throne during the reign of her uncle King William IV and is subject to a political tug of war for influence over her. On one side is her mother, the Duchess of Kent, and the comptroller of the Duchess’s household, Sir John Conroy, who tries to force Victoria to sign papers declaring a regency and giving him and her mother power. On the other side is her uncle, King Leopold I of Belgium, who wishes to use his influence through family ties to secure an alliance between the United Kingdom and Belgium. He decides to have his nephew Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha seduce Victoria and he is coached in her likes and dislikes. The Duchess invites the Coburg brothers, Albert and Prince Ernest of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, to visit the household. Victoria and Albert develop an early fondness for each other, despite Victoria knowing that Albert was sent by their uncle to win her favours. They begin writing to one another after Albert returns home.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Writer: Julian Fellowes

Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Harriet Walter, Mark Strong, Jim Broadbent

Cast:

Emily BluntQueen Victoria
Rupert FriendPrince Albert
Paul BettanyLord Melbourne
Miranda RichardsonDuchess of Kent
Jim BroadbentKing William
Thomas KretschmannKing Leopold
Mark StrongSir John Conroy
Jesper ChristensenBaron Stockmar
Harriet WalterQueen Adelaide
Jeanette HainBaroness Lehzen
Julian GloverDuke of Wellington
Michael MaloneySir Robert Peel
Michiel HuismanErnest
Genevieve O’ReillyLady Flora Hastings
Rachael StirlingDuchess of Sutherland
Morven ChristieWatson
Josef AltinEdward Oxford
Tom BrookeMan on Soap Box
Michaela BrooksYoung Victoria Age 11
Grace SmithYoung Victoria Age 5
Sophie RobertsLady Portman
Charlie ClarkeThe Newsboy
Robert CambrinusKammerrher Turner
Tom FisherLord Chamberlain
Shaun DingwallFootman
Alice GloverDuchess of Montrose
David HorovitchSir James Clark
Jo HartleyLandlady
Bernard LloydArchbishop of Canterbury
John PirkisEarl of Derby (as Johnnie Lyne-Pirkis)
Iain MitchellSpeaker
David RobbWhig Member
Malcolm SinclairCharles Kemble
Julia St JohnMarchioness of Hastings
Thomas Michael VossDancing Master
Julie McDonnellLady in Waiting
Liam ScottDuke of Sussex
Mark BeesleyOpera Singer
Richard QuineOpera Singer
Nick ChoppingFootman
Rowley IrlamFootman
Kelly DentCupid
Mark HensonFalling Bishop
Dominic PreeceOfficer of Escort
Peter WhiteApprehending Pedestrian
Leonard WoodcockPedestrian (as Lenny Woodcock)
Peter AgnelliEarl
Princess BeatriceLady in Waiting
Danny DaltonPrince of Prussia
Kate Dion-RichardFeatured Dancer
James FiddyFootman
Michael HennessyLord / MP / Peer
Ruth LeahElvira – Opera Singer
Michael MansbridgeMusician
Stephen RalphsPrince Albert’s Archery Coach

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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