Elizabeth II’s death marks the end of the longest reign of any British monarch. Queen Elizabeth II has been a fixture in media for the past seven decades, appearing in films and TV programs that have been shown continuously for decades.
As a result of her fame, she has been portrayed by Oscar-winning actors and actresses, and she has even made cameos in SNL and animated films. Her Majesty was largely absent from popular culture for the first 30 years of her reign, but she made several cameo appearances and small supporting parts on screen in the 1980s.
Is The Queen On Netflix?
The Queen (2006) is among the most well-known films based on Queen Elizabeth. Helen Mirren plays the monarch while she and her family deal with the loss of Princess Diana.
Mirren’s performance in The Queen was widely praised and even won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Even though The Queen is unavailable on Netflix, subscribers still have various shows and movies to select from. Keep reading to learn more.
What Queen Elizabeth II Movies And Shows Are On Netflix?
There is no streaming version of The Queen, but a documentary will be about Elizabeth and Margaret’s love and loyalty to one another in 2020. The late monarch’s bond with her sister Princess Margaret is the subject of this film.
Let’s begin with the most famous moniker: The Crown. The popular drama series starts in the late 1940s when the Queen weds Prince Philip and continues through several generations of the British royal family.
Olivia Colman takes over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in Seasons 3 and 4 of “The Crown,” while Foy remains in the role for the first two seasons. Imelda Staunton will take over the part of the late queen when Season 5 of the show returns this fall.
In addition to the drama The Crown, Netflix also provides the documentary series The Royal House of Windsor. The series will cover the years between World War I and Princess Diana’s death. According to the synopsis, it will reveal hitherto unknown details about the inner workings of the royal family.
Today we visited Hull Minster to sign the Book of Condolence for HM Queen Elizabeth II. She had such a huge influence on our country and her people. I’d respectfully suggest that people should take the opportunity to do similarly. She gave so much!
— Andy Faichney (@57andrewgerard) September 10, 2022
Movies and TV Shows About Queen Elizabeth II
- The Queen (2006)
- The King’s Speech (2010)
- Walking the Dogs (2012)
- The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (2012)
- The Majestic Life of Queen Elizabeth II (2015)
- The Crown (2016)
- The Royal House of Windsor (2017)
- Elizabeth & Margaret: Love and Loyalty (2020)
A Tribute To Her Majesty The Queen (BBC documentary, 2022)
- Her Majesty the Queen (Channel 4 documentary, 2022)
The Crown (Netflix series, 2016-present)
The Crown, a prominent Netflix series that follows the Queen’s reign from her ascension to the early 2000s, must be mentioned in any article about the Queen in film or television.
The show’s two leading ladies, Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, have starred in all four seasons. The new season, set in the 1990s and starring Imelda Staunton, will premiere in November.
Although its historical accuracy has been heavily criticized, the show sometimes feels like a high-class soap opera, focusing on the claimed drama and strife within the Royal Family and between the queen and prime ministers.
Her Majesty the Queen (Channel 4 documentary, 2022)
Beginning his hour-long program with a touching personal anecdote, veteran host Jon Snow proudly displays a grainy black-and-white photo of himself and his brothers seeing the Queen when he was 10 years old, just five years after her coronation.
His primary recollection of the event is of redecorating the downstairs bathroom in anticipation of a visit from a royal family member (they did not). Aside from the fact that “she was petite, pleated skirt, hatted, didn’t speak much,” that’s all he can recall about her.
Also, “Prince Philip – he said a lot, but I didn’t comprehend very much of it,” he says. Memory snippets from Snow and others, including his next-door neighbor, who used to be a lady in waiting, are sprinkled throughout the show.
Journalistically rigorous, he also recounts the official history of the monarchy, revisiting the most significant events of the Queen’s seven decades on the throne, from her coronation to the controversies of the 1990s, to strike a balance with the more intimate moments.
Elizabeth: A Portrait In Parts (Amazon Prime Video documentary, 2022)
This 90-minute film is more irreverent and energetic than other royal documentaries while being respectful. It pieces together archival of the Queen and her surrounding culture, going back and forth in time across her 70 years.
In honor of her Platinum Jubilee, it was released earlier this year. Notting Hill and The Duke director Roger Michell passed away a year ago. Thus, this was his final film.
His technique, in which he assembles the story out of disparate clips based on themes rather than a linear chronology, breathes new life into it while also dismantling part of the monarchy’s stifling air of formality.
Elizabeth: Our Queen (Channel 5, 2018)
Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren played the monarch in the 2006 film The Queen, for which she received the best actress award. The film, set in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death in 1997, portrays one of the monarchy’s most trying times when she is seen as distant and slow to respond to the national mood.
Earlier this year, Dame Helena Bonham Carter admitted that, before filming, she had written to the real Queen: “We’re looking at a challenging period in your life. My best wishes that it isn’t too terrible for you.” Actress Kate Winslet said to Radio Times: “The exact words that I used to describe it have escaped me. I just mentioned that my admiration for her grew as I read more about her.”
She has also remarked, “I had the sensation that it had been viewed and that it had been appreciated,” suggesting that she may not have known for sure if the Queen had seen the film. Given that the impression isn’t often positive – even for the extended family – it’s unclear whence Mirren obtained that impression.