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Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a biographical drama film, directed by Shekhar Kapur and produced by Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. It stars Cate Blanchett in the title role and is a fairly fictionalised portrayal of events during the latter part of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England, following up on Kapur’s 1998 film Elizabeth, also starring Blanchett.

The film co-stars Geoffrey Rush (reprising his role from the previous film), Clive Owen, Jordi Mollà, Abbie Cornish, and Samantha Morton. The screenplay was written by William Nicholson and Michael Hirst, and the music score was composed by A. R. Rahman and Craig Armstrong. Guy Hendrix Dyas was the film’s production designer and co-visual effects supervisor, and the costumes were created by Alexandra Byrne. The film was shot at Shepperton Studios and various locations around the United Kingdom.

In 1585, Catholic Spain, ruled by King Philip II of Spain, is the most powerful country in the world. Seeing Protestant England as a threat, and in retaliation for English piracy of Spanish ships, Philip plots to take over England and make his daughter, Isabella, the Queen of England in Elizabeth’s place. Meanwhile, Elizabeth I of England is pressured by her advisor, Francis Walsingham, to marry – if she dies childless, the throne will pass to her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who is Catholic.

English explorer Walter Raleigh is presented at Elizabeth’s court, having returned from the New World. Elizabeth is attracted to Raleigh, enthralled by his tales of exploration, and asks Bess Throckmorton, her most favored lady-in-waiting, to observe him. Bess also finds Raleigh attractive and they begin a secret affair. With tensions strained between England and Spain, Elizabeth seeks guidance from her astrologer, Dr. John Dee.

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Writers: William Nicholson, Michael Hirst

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà, Abbie Cornish, Samantha Morton, Eddie Redmayne


Jordi MollàKing Philip ll of Spain (as Jordi Molla)
Aimee KingInfanta
Cate BlanchettQueen Elizabeth I
Laurence FoxSir Christopher Hatton
John ShrapnelLord Howard
Geoffrey RushSir Francis Walsingham
Susan LynchAnnette
Elise McCaveLaundry Woman
Samantha MortonMary Stuart
Abbie CornishBess Throckmorton
Penelope McGhieMargaret
Rhys IfansRobert Reston
Eddie RedmayneThomas Babington
Stuart McLoughlinSavage
Clive OwenSir Walter Raleigh
Adrian ScarboroughCalley
Robert StylesPalace Doorkeeper
William HoustonDon Guerau De Spes
Coral BeedFirst Court Lady
Rosalind HalsteadSecond Court Lady
Steven LotonManteo
Martin BaronWanchese
David ArmandWalsingham’s Agent
Steven RobertsonFrancis Throckmorton
Jeremy BarkerRamsey
George InnesBurton
Adam GodleyWilliam Walsingham
Kirstin SmithMary Walsingham (as Kirstin Coulter Smith)
Kelly HunterUrsula Walsingham
Christian BrassingtonArchduke Charles
Robert CambrinusCount Georg von Helfenstein
Tom HollanderSir Amyas Paulet
Sam SpruellTorturer
Tim PreeceOld Throckmorton
Vidal SanchoSpanish Minister
David ThrelfallDr. John Dee
Benjamin MayDance Master
David SterneCellarman
Kate FleetwoodWoman with Baby
Glenn DohertyRoyal Servant
Chris BrailsfordDean of Peterborough
Dave LegenoExecutioner
Antony CarrickSpanish Archbishop
John AtterburyMarriage Priest
David RobbAdmiral Sir William Winter
Alex GianniniFirst Spanish Officer
Joe FerraraSecond Spanish Officer
Jonathan BaileyCourtier
Alexander BarnesCourtier
Charles BruceCourtier
Jeremy CracknellCourtier
Benedict GreenCourtier
Adam SmithCourtier
Simon StrattonCourtier
Crispin SwayneCourtier
Kitty FoxMary Stuart’s Lady in Waiting
Kate LindesayMary Stuart’s Lady in Waiting
Katherine TemplarMary Stuart’s Lady in Waiting
Hayley BurroughsQueen Elizabeth’s Lady in Waiting
Kirsty McKayQueen Elizabeth’s Lady in Waiting
Lucia Ruck KeeneQueen Elizabeth’s Lady in Waiting
Lucienne Venisse-BackQueen Elizabeth’s Lady in Waiting
Morne BotesCourtier (uncredited)
Amelia DearingYoung girl (uncredited)
James FiddyNobleman (uncredited)
Steve LatelyWalsingham’s Servant (uncredited)
Finn MorrellYoung Boy (uncredited)
Shane NolanTyger Salior (uncredited)
Jack PollockBoy on Ship (uncredited)
William SartoElizabethan Soldier (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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