On this day in 1533, Elizabeth was born to Anne Boleyn and Henry Tudor. She would become Elizabeth I, Queen of England, reigning from 1558 to 1603, an era of unique prosperity and artistic creativity known today as the Elizabethan Age. And, of course, Queen Elizabeth I has long been a favorite in historical costume movies and TV. We’ve written extensively about different actresses portraying this iconic monarch, from Glenda Jackson to Cate Blanchett even to Miranda Richardson. But it’s finally time to put them all up to a vote.
Who’s your favorite Queen Elizabeth I? Pick from these listed, and then discuss why in the comments! And if we’ve left off some minor player who you think is worth fighting for, tell us why.