Queen Elizabeth Elizabeth Tudor
Played by Vanessa Redgrave (older) and Joely Richardson (young)
Elizabeth presided over a golden age in England, a time when the arts flourished and her country became one of the most powerful, prosperous countries in the world. She cultivated an image as "The Virgin Queen," but many modern historians believe she was anything but.
• As a young woman to the young Earl of Oxford: If Elizabeth was not the famous "Virgin Queen," could Oxford have been one of her lovers?
• As an older woman to the older Earl of Oxford: Though she banished Oxford from Court, she would not forget their connection.
• As an older woman, to The Earl of South Hampton: The Earl of Southampton was a favored
courtier of Elizabeth's, as they both loved theater and arts.
• As an older woman, to William Shakespeare: Queen Elizabeth Loved the theater and often invited troupes to perform at the palace.
Vanessa Redgrave (Queen Elizabeth) most recently appeared in Miral, directed by Julian Schnabel and released by The Weinstein Company on March 25, 2011. In May 2010, Redgrave appeared in the film Letters to Juliet directed by Gary Winick, opposite her husband, Franco Nero. In addition to Anonymous, Redgrave can next be seen in The Whistleblower opposite Rachel Weisz, which will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films on August 5, 2011. She will also star in Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut Coriolanus, in which she portrays the title character's mother, Volumnia. Coriolanus will be released by The Weinstein Company in the US on December 2, 2011.
In 1978, Redgrave won the Academy Award® and the Golden Globe Award, as well as awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Kansas City Film Critics Circle, for her performance in the title role of Julia (directed in 1977 by Fred Zinnemann and adapted by Alvin Sargent from Lillian Hellman's novel of the same name).
She has received five additional Academy Award® nominations and eleven additionAl Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as been honored with a second Golden Globe Award win for her performance in the telefilm "If These Walls Could Talk 2" (for the segment written and directed by Jane Anderson). The latter performance also earned her an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She had previously won an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Holocaust survivor Fania Fénelon in CBS' "Playing for Time" (directed by Daniel Mann and adapted from Ms. Fénelon's autobiography), and has been nominated for an Emmy three additional times. "Playing for Time" was recently released on DVD.
Redgrave previously starred for David Hare in his film Wetherby, for which she was honored by the National Society of Film Critics with their Best Actress award. Her other films include director Fred Zinnemann's A Man for All Seasons; Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup; Karel Reisz' Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (for which she won Best Actress at the Cannes International Film Festival) and Isadora (earning her another Best Actress win at Cannes and honors from the National Society of Film Critics); Sidney Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express; Michael Apted's Agatha; Merchant Ivory's The Bostonians (for which she was cited as Best Actress from the National Society of Film Critics); Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears (for which she was named Best Supporting Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle); Simon Callow's The Ballad of the Sad Café; Marleen Gorris' Mrs. Dalloway (adapted from the Virginia Woolf novel by Eileen Atkins); her son Carlo Nero's "The Fever" for HBO Films; Roger Michell's Venus; Lajos Koltai's Evening; and, in 2008, Atonement, an Oscar® nominee for Best Picture. Her television work includes a recurring role on "Nip/Tuck" and the telefilm "The Day of the Triffids" for BBC1.