Filmmakers can’t seem to get enough of Charles II, and frankly, that’s cool by me! Charles #2 happens to be my favorite male monarch of all time, so it’s always a treat to see him brought to life on film. And everyone seems to have a different take on him; from foppy to badass, there’s a whole range of Chazes to enjoy, whatever you may be in the mood for! So, in celebration of the 356th anniversary of his coronation on April 23, let’s revisit some of film’s most memorable renditions of England’s last true king.
Randall Ayrton in Nell Gwynn (1926)
Allan Jeayes in Colonel Blood (1934)
Cedric Hardwicke in Nell Gwyn (1934)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. in The Exile (1947)
George Sanders in Forever Amber (1947)
James Villiers in The First Churchills (1969)
Michael York in The Lady and the Highwayman (1983)
Simon Callow in England, My England (1995)
Sam Neill in Restoration (1995)
Rufus Sewell in The Last King/The Power and the Passion of Charles II (2003)
Rupert Everett in Stage Beauty (2004)
John Malkovich in The Libertine (2004)
Jeremy Northam in New Worlds (2014)
Daniel Lapaine in Versailles (2015)
Do you have a favorite Charles II? Share him in the comments!