The Virgin Queen (2005) short review

I really really really liked this BBC miniseries. Really! Anne-Marie Duff is one of my favorite costume movie actresses, and she’s now up there with Cate Blanchett for really inhabiting the character of Elizabeth I. While I’m sure the plot has some historical inaccuracies, I’m someone who’s read about 5 or so bios of Eliz. I and nothing really jumped out at me as being So Wrong. The film spans her life from young girlhood to old age (STUNNING old age makeup), and the actor who plays Darnley was quite yummy. The costumes definitely have a modernized tinge to them in that they’re very pared down/streamlined, but they were still based on correct silhouettes and were really really pretty… although obviously the budget was small, as there’s a LOT of rewearing of the same costumes.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.