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Elizabeth I is a two-part 2005 British historical drama television miniseries directed by Tom Hooper, written by Nigel Williams, and starring Helen Mirren as Elizabeth I of England. The miniseries covers approximately the last 24 years of her nearly 45-year reign. Part 1 focuses on the final years of her relationship with the Earl of Leicester, played by Jeremy Irons. Part 2 focuses on her subsequent relationship with the Earl of Essex, played by Hugh Dancy.

The series originally was broadcast in the United Kingdom in two two-hour segments on Channel 4. It later aired on HBO in the United States, CBC and TMN in Canada, ATV in Hong Kong, ABC in Australia, and TVNZ Television One in New Zealand.

The series went on to win Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe Awards. The same year, Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, with which she dominated the award season.

Series Cast

  1. Douglas Reith as Jude and Judge

    Douglas Reith

    Jude, Judge

    4 Episodes

  2. Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth I

    Helen Mirren

    Queen Elizabeth I

    2 Episodes

  3. Jeremy Irons as Earl of Leicester

    Jeremy Irons

    Earl of Leicester

    2 Episodes

  4. Hugh Dancy as Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

    Hugh Dancy

    Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

    2 Episodes

  5. Ben Pullen as Sir Walter Raleigh

    Ben Pullen

    Sir Walter Raleigh

    2 Episodes

  6. Simon Woods as Gifford

    Simon Woods


    2 Episodes

  7. Charlotte Asprey as Frances Walsingham

    Charlotte Asprey

    Frances Walsingham

    2 Episodes

  8. Diana Kent as Lady Essex

    Diana Kent

    Lady Essex

    2 Episodes

  9. Geoffrey Streatfeild as Sir Anthony Babington

    Geoffrey Streatfeild

    Sir Anthony Babington

    2 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

2005 • 2 Episodes

Season 1 of Elizabeth I premiered on September 29, 2005.

Part 2

(1x2, October 6, 2005) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Miniseries

Original Language English


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