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Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II The Queen

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II The Queen

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II The Queen

Helen Mirren may be the most talented actress of her generation, and with good reason: no one else has two Queen Elizabeths on her resume. Here, her portrayal of Elizabeth II is much like Pu Yi, holding fast to a tradition that fewer and fewer understand. Nobility is no longer a birthright, a fact that apparently everyone but the royal family now accepts. In the wake of Princess Diana’s death, the Queen must finally capitulate to the realities of a changed world, or risk destroying the monarchy forever. Kudos also to actor Michael Sheen as Tony Blair.