Cleopatra is easily the most famous woman of the ancient world. Pharaoh of Egypt, naval commander, linguist — and, of course, maybe incredibly beautiful (the jury is out). She’s been put on screen multiple times — let’s take a look, and then vote: which actress/performance has best captured Cleopatra for either, either as a real historical person or a fictionalized character?
Played by Theda Bara, costumed by George James Hopkins in this sadly lost silent film:
Played by Claudette Colbert, costumed by Vicky Williams:
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
The Cleopatras (1983)
Played by Michelle Newell, costumed by Barbara Kidd:
Played by Leonor Varela, costumed by Enrico Sabbatini:
Played by Lyndsey Marshal, costumed by April Ferry: