Actors Who Have Played Queen Elizabeth II Compared to the Real Queen


Here’s Princess Elizabeth in 1933, before she became queen.

A young Queen Elizabeth in 1933.

A young Queen Elizabeth in 1933.


Wilson’s curled hair and ruffled outfit created an accurate portrayal of the future queen.

Gadon resembled then-Princess Elizabeth, who was a truck mechanic and driver for the Auxiliary Territorial Service, a women’s branch of the British Army.

Princess Elizabeth in military uniform in 1945.

Princess Elizabeth in uniform in 1945.


She achieved the rank of Junior Commander.

In the bizarre World War II parody film “Churchill: The Hollywood Years,” Neve Campbell also played Princess Elizabeth.

Neve Campbell as Princess Elizabeth in "Churchill: The Hollywood Years"

Neve Campbell.

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Campbell is known for her roles in the “Scream” movies, and she most recently appeared in Justin Baldoni’s tear-jerker “Clouds.” 

The real royal also wore tiaras and sashes with ball gowns in her youth.

A young Queen Elizabeth wearing a crown

Queen Elizabeth.

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The Crown Jewels, dating back to the 1600s, are on display at the Tower of London.

In the first two seasons of Netflix’s “The Crown,” Claire Foy portrayed Elizabeth in the early days of her reign.

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Crown"

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II.


Here’s how the rest of the cast compares to the real-life royals they portray.

Foy strongly resembled Queen Elizabeth when she took the throne at age 25.

Queen Elizabeth's coronation

Queen Elizabeth at 25 years old.

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“The Crown” recreated Queen Elizabeth’s coronation outfit in painstaking detail.

Olivia Colman also played the Queen for two seasons of “The Crown.”

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth in "The Crown:"

Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth.

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Colman said it was one of her most difficult roles because “behind closed doors, we don’t know what she’s like,” and that she was “quite pleased” to move on after playing the monarch for two seasons, according to Radio Times.

Colman embodied the Queen’s stoic salute on horseback.

Queen Elizabeth in 1985 at Trooping the Colour on horseback

Queen Elizabeth in 1985.

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The Queen saluted the Household Guards regiments during the annual Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London, which marks her official birthday, in 1985.

Emma Thompson took on the role for an episode of the BBC series “Playhouse Presents.”

Emma Thompson as Queen Elizabeth

Emma Thompson.


Thompson appeared in a fictional tale about an intruder breaking into the Queen’s residence.

Thompson mastered Queen Elizabeth’s facial expressions.

Queen Elizabeth in 1977 wearing a blue suit and hat

Queen Elizabeth in 1977.

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The Queen appointed Thompson a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2018.

Jeannette Charles is a famous Queen Elizabeth look-alike.

Jeannette Charles as Queen Elizabeth

Jeannette Charles.

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She played the Queen for dozens of projects, including “Austin Powers in Goldmember” and “Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!”

Charles nailed Queen Elizabeth’s outfits and mannerisms.

Queen Elizabeth in 1972.

Queen Elizabeth in 1972.

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From the hat to the brooch to the tailored suit, Charles looked just like Queen Elizabeth.

The UK’s Channel 4 hired five actresses for “The Queen,” a 2009 docu-drama about trying moments in Elizabeth’s reign.

Barbara Flynn as Queen Elizabeth

Barbara Flynn.

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Barbara Flynn (pictured), Samantha Bond, Emilia Fox, Susan Jameson, and Diana Quick all took turns playing the monarch.

Barbara Flynn’s portrayal of the Queen reenacted pivotal moments from her life in 1992, the year of her silver jubilee.

Queen Elizabeth in 2018 wearing magenta and pearls

Queen Elizabeth in 2018.

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Queen Elizabeth would later refer to this year as her “annus horribilis” as it included three of her children’s marriages ending in scandal and a fire that damaged Windsor Castle.

Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her portrayal of Elizabeth in 2006’s “The Queen,” which tells the story of the royal family’s response to Princess Diana’s death in 1997.

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth

Helen Mirren.

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Mirren has played both Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth remained in touch with Harry and Markle after their departure from royal life.

Queen Elizabeth delivers her Christmas Day message in 2018

Queen Elizabeth in 2018.

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In their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Harry said he and Markle spoke with Queen Elizabeth about their intent to step back from royal duties several times during a two-year period.

“I’ve never blindsided my grandmother,” he said. “I have too much respect for her.”

The couple also named their daughter, Lilibet, after the Queen.

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