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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her years of triumph over the Armada; and finally her old age and her last, enigmatic relationship with her young protégé, the Earl of Essex.

Series Cast

  1. Anne-Marie Duff

    Anne-Marie Duff

    Queen Elizabeth I

    4 Episodes

  2. Tom Hardy

    Tom Hardy

    Robert Dudley

    4 Episodes

  3. Ian Hart

    Ian Hart

    William Cecil - Lord Burghley

    4 Episodes

  4. Dexter Fletcher

    Dexter Fletcher

    Sir Thomas Radcliffe - Earl of Sussex

    4 Episodes

  5. Joanne Whalley

    Joanne Whalley

    Queen Mary

    4 Episodes

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Last Season


2006 | 4 Episodes

Season 1 of The Virgin Queen premiered on January 22, 2006.

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Status Ended


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Certification -

Type Miniseries

Original Language English

Runtime 60m



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