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From Helen Mirren to Olivia Colman, See Every Actress Who Has Played Queen Elizabeth II

Netflix's "The Crown" most famously captured Queen Elizabeth II's life and legacy prior to her passing at age 96.

The Crown, Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman in “The Crown”


Long live Queen Elizabeth II onscreen.

The hist0ry-making monarch died at age 96 after reigning over England for more than 70 years. From ruling alongside Winston Churchill to ushering in the 21st century, Queen Elizabeth II has become an iconic figure since taking over the throne in 1952 after serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II. At 25 years old, Elizabeth II became the queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (known today as Sri Lanka), as well as Head of the Commonwealth.

Over the years, numerous actresses have taken on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for both the small and big screens. From Netflix’s viral hit series “The Crown” to Academy Award-winning film “The King’s Speech,” Queen Elizabeth II has been portrayed in over 100 films and TV shows. Two actresses appointed the title of Dame by the queen herself, Helen Mirren and Emma Thompson, have previously played the monarch.

While Queen Elizabeth II leaves a lasting legacy on Britain and international politics, her iconography continues onscreen.

Keep scrolling to see the many iterations of Queen Elizabeth II in honor of her passing.

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