ABOUT THE CAST: The Queen

PATHÉ PRODUCTIONS AND GRANADA PRESENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH PATHÉ RENN PRODUCTIONS, BIM DISTRIBUZIONE, FRANCE 3 CINEMA AND CANAL + A GRANADA PRODUCTION A STEPHEN FREARS FILM

HELEN MIRREN MICHAEL SHEEN JAMES CROMWELL HELEN MCCRORY ALEX JENNINGS ROGER ALLAM and SYLVIA SYMS

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Helen Mirren, "The Queen." © Miramax Films
Photo by Giles Keyte

HELEN MIRREN - The Queen Helen Mirren is one of the best known and most respected actresses not only in Britain but also internationally. In a career that spans stage, screen and television, she has become renowned for tackling challenging roles and has won many awards for her powerful and versatile performances.

One of those, as Queen Charlotte in Nicholas Hytner’s THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE, is the only time Mirren has played a monarch on the big screen before THE QUEEN; it was also the role for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and won the Best Actress Award at the Festival du Cannes in 1995.

Mirren began her career with the National Youth Theatre and in 1967 she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company starring in a number of esteemed productions including Cressida in Troilus and Cressida and Lady Macbeth in the production of Macbeth by Trevor Nunn. In 1972, she joined renowned director Peter Brook’s theatre company and toured the world. Mirren’s film career began in the late 1960s with Michael Powell’s AGE OF CONSENT, in which she starred opposite James Mason but her breakthrough role was in John Mackenzie's THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY.

Her performance as Victoria, the tough but sexy mistress of Bob Hoskins’ volatile cockney gangster, had critics hailing a major new screen star. Her film career took off after LONG GOOD FRIDAY and she starred in numerous acclaimed films including John Boorman’s fantasy adventure EXCALIBUR and Pat O’Connor’s Irish thriller CAL. Her portrayal of an older woman in love with a younger man in the latter film earned her the Best Actress Award at Festival du Cannes in 1984.

She continued to push boundaries in such films as Peter Weir’s THE MOSQUITO COAST, Peter Greenaway’s THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER, Charles Sturridge’s WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD and Terry George’s SOME MOTHER’S SON, which she also co-produced. She earned her second Academy Award® nomination for her performance in Robert Altman’s GOSFORD PARK and a Golden Globe nomination for Nigel Cole’s CALENDAR GIRLS. More recently, she starred alongside Robert Redford in THE CLEARING.

In the early 1990s, Mirren starred in the ground-breaking Emmy and BAFTA award-winning television series Prime Suspect, in which she starred as detective chief inspector Jane Tennison. She has recently completed filming the final Prime Suspect, bringing this iconic role to its conclusion.

In 1999, she won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the title role of The Passion of Ayn Rand. Her US television title roles include Losing Chase, for which she won the 1996 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries, The Passion of Ayn Rand (Emmy Best Actress Award), Door to Door (Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations), The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone (Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations), and the C4 and HBO co-production Elizabeth I, which was received with glowing reviews in both the UK and the US.

Mirren’s stage career has been equally successful. Amongst her acclaimed performances in the 1970s was Teeth ‘n’ Smiles at the Royal Court and The Seagull at the Lyric. She has also received critical accolades for Antony and Cleopatra opposite Michael Gambon, Arthur Miller’s Two-Way Mirror, Orpheus Descending, A Month in the Country, which marked her Broadway debut and for which she received a Tony nomination, and The Dance of Death on Broadway opposite Sir Ian McKellen. Most recently, she starred in Mourning Becomes Electra at the National Theatre for which she was nominated for an Olivier Best Actress Award.

She became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003.

MICHAEL SHEEN - Tony Blair Recognised as one of the most talented of the new generation of British actors, Michael has proved himself to be equally accomplished on stage and screen. His performance as Tony Blair in THE QUEEN allows him to reprise the role he played earlier, in the TV drama The Deal (2003). It marks his third collaboration with Stephen Frears; he made his feature film debut in the director’s MARY REILLY where he played Dr. Jekyll's footman.

Other notable feature film credits include THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMAN’S APOCALYPSE (2005), KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2004), LAWS OF ATTRACTION (2003), BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS (2003), UNDERWORLD (2002), FOUR FEATHERS (2002) and WILDE (1997).

On television, he recently starred in Fantabulosa as actor and diarist Kenneth Williams for the BBC and his small screen successes include the award-winning Dirty Filthy Love for Channel 4. Born in Wales, Michael grew up in Port Talbot, the industrial town renowned for producing Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins. He trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where in his second year, he won the coveted Laurence Olivier Bursary for outstanding performances. Michael’s stage career took off in 1991 when, whilst still a student at RADA, he starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave in When She Danced at the West End.

His stage performances in productions such as Romeo and Juliet, Peer Gynt, Henry V and Look Back in Anger have consistently gained him critical accolades and awards. He came to wider international attention in 1999, when he starred in the Broadway revival of Peter Hall’s Amadeus. Nominated three times for the Olivier Best Actor Award, he received Best Actor Awards from the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards and London Theatre Critics Awards for his performance as Caligula at the Donmar Warehouse in 2003.

JAMES CROMWELL – Prince Philip Born in Los Angeles, but raised in Manhattan, James Cromwell is a highly respected Hollywood character actor who worked extensively on the stage before beginning his film career in 1976. He first became known to international audiences with his role as Farmer Hoggett in BABE (1995). His work in the film earned James an Oscar ® nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as numerous other feature films, including THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996), STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (1996), L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (1997), THE GREEN MILE (1999) and SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS (1999). James has also made many notable guest appearances on television including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation, LA Law, Hill Street Blues and MASH.

SYLVIA SYMS - The Queen Mother One of Britain’s best-known actresses, Sylvia Syms trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and was already performing on stage by the time she was spotted for films by director Herbert Wilcox and his wife, the British star Anna Neagle.

She played Neagle’s problem daughter in MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER (1956), followed by another Neagle/Wilcox collaboration with NO TIME FOR TEARS (1957). Syms’s film credits in the late 1950s and early 1960s include ICE-COLD IN ALEX (1958), FERRY TO HONG KONG (1959), CONSPIRACY OF HEARTS (1960), EXPRESSO BONGO (1960), THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (1960) and VICTIM (1961).

She was nominated three times for British Film Academy Awards, twice for best actress in WOMAN IN A DRESSING GOWN (1957), and NO TREES IN THE STREET (1958), and once for supporting actress in THE TAMARIND SEED (1974). More recently she has featured in ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (1986), SHIRLEY VALENTINE (1989), SHINING THROUGH (1992), I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD (2003) and THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (2005).

ALEX JENNINGS – Prince Charles Alex is an award-winning actor who trained at National Youth Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, before working extensively in the theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre among others. His film and TV credits include WAR REQUIEM (1989), A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (1996), THE WINGS OF A DOVE (1997), Solo Shuttle and THE FOUR FEATHERS (2002). He has won numerous awards for his stage performances including three Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards -1989 for Best Comedy Performance for Too Clever By Half, in 1996 for Best Actor for Peer Gynt, and in 2003 for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in My Fair Lady at the Drury Lane Theatre in London.

He was also awarded the 1988 London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Too Clever By Half and the 2001 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performances in The Winter’s Tale and The Relapse at the Royal National Theatre.

HELEN McCRORY – Cherie Blair Already established as a gifted actress on the London stage, Helen is steadily building a reputation for her acclaimed film and TV performances since she won the Richard Burton Award for the Most Promising Newcomer 1995. Her film credits include CASANOVA (2005), ENDURING LOVE (2004), THE COUNT OF MONTE CHRISTO (2002), CHARLOTTE GRAY (2001), DAD SAVAGE (1998) and INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE (1994).

Critically-acclaimed TV appearances include the starring role in Anna Karenina and high-profile dramas North Square for which she received the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actress, The Jury, Charles II: The Power And The Passion, Spoonface Steinberg and Streetlife for which she won the Welsh BAFTA for Best Actress in 1997. She was nominated for the 2002 London Evening Standard Theatre Best Actress Award for her performance in Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse. Her most recent stage triumph was as Rosalind in As You Like It opposite Sienna Miller at the Wyndham’s, for which she was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award.

ROGER ALLAM – Sir Robin Janvrin Roger is a distinguished stage actor best known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. His screen credits include V FOR VENDETTA, the recently-released A COCK AND BULL STORY, THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS STONE (2003), RKO (1999) and WILT (1989). Roger has won two Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards: the 2000 Best Supporting Actor Award for Money at the Royal National Theatre and the 2002 Best Actor Award for Privates on Parade at the Donmar Warehouse. His stage performances also include the original Javert in the long running hit musical Les Miserables, then at the Barbican. Roger is currently starring on stage in Blackbird opposite Jodhi May to acclaimed reviews.

TIM McMULLAN – Stephen Lamport Tim is an accomplished actor who trained at the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts. His film and TV credits include The Furnace (2000), ONEGIN (1999), PLUNKETT AND MACLEAN (1999), SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998), THE FIFTH ELEMENT (1997) and SHADOWLANDS (1993). On stage he has worked on a wide variety of productions including Theatre of Blood and His Dark Materials for the National Theatre, The Noise of Time, Light and the Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol for Complicite and A Midsummer Nights Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

ABOUT THE CREW

STEPHEN FREARS - Director Stephen Frears is one of Britain’s most distinctive and provocative directors. Born in Leicester in 1941, he studied law at Cambridge University before working in the theatre as Lindsay Anderson’s assistant at London’s Royal Court.

He began his career in the film industry as an assistant director to Karel Reisz. In 1971, Stephen made his feature debut with the detective drama GUMSHOE starring Albert Finney. He then worked mainly in television, until 1985, when he had his breakthrough with the low budget hit MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE.

Written by Hanif Kureishi and produced by Channel 4, the film was an entertaining and edgy depiction of a gay relationship between a young Pakistani and a London street punk (a then unknown Daniel Day-Lewis) which explored the issues of homosexuality, racism and the politics of 1980s. Initially intended for television, the film was given an international release and became a critical and commercial success. Stephen’s interest in characters who challenge sexual and social stereotypes continued through his next two films: PRICK UP YOUR EARS (1987), the acclaimed film about the celebrated and controversial English playwright Joe Orton starring Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina and Vanessa Redgrave; and SAMMY AND ROSIE GET LAID (1987), his second collaboration with Kureishi, which looked at cross-cultural relationships and conflict between generations in a riot-torn London. Stephen then made his Hollywood debut with the dazzling DANGEROUS LIAISONS (1998), which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Director.

The Oscar®-winning script by Christopher Hampton was based on a 1782 novel and the film contained stunning lead performances from John Malkovich and Glenn Close, the latter earning an Oscar® nomination for her portrayal of the scheming Marquise de Merteuil. Stephen followed this in 1990 with the equally successful and stylish THE GRIFTERS, produced by Martin Scorsese, which gained him an Oscar® nomination for Best Director in 1991.

Starring John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening as three con artists, the film confirmed Stephen’s reputation as one of the most talented British directors of his generation. Stephen has continued to work in both Britain and America. The satirical fable HERO (1992) starred Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis and Andy Garcia whilst MARY REILLY (1996), Stephen’s take on the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story, allowed him to work again with the DANGEROUS LIAISONS combination of writer Christopher Hampton, actors John Malkovich and Glenn Close, and producer Norma Heyman.

During the same period he also completed two entertaining feel-good Roddy Doyle adaptations, The Snapper (1993) and THE VAN (1996). After his elegiac 20th century western THE HI-LO COUNTRY (1998) which starred Woody Harrelson, Billy Crudup, Penelope Cruz and Patricia Arquette, he returned to more familiar territory with HIGH FIDELITY, a humorous look at the nature of commitment. Adapted from Nick Hornby's popular novel of the same name, it re-teamed him with John Cusack who played the lead and co-wrote the script. In 2000, Stephen collaborated with the respected TV writer, Jimmy McGovern, on the tender but tragic drama LIAM, which followed the misfortunes of a working class Liverpool family between the wards.

This was followed by the highly acclaimed DIRTY PRETTY THINGS (2002), a drama-thriller about illegal immigrants surviving in London. Amongst the many awards the film gathered were Best Director at the British Independent Film Awards (2003), Best British Film at the Evening Standard Awards (2003) and an Oscar® nomination for the writer Stephen Knight (2004). In 2003, Stephen returned to British television to direct The Deal which looked at a pivotal moment in the relationship between Gordon Brown and Tony Blair and was the first time the two figures had been represented on TV.

Featuring Michael Sheen as Tony Blair, the film won a BAFTA award for Best Single Drama in 2004. Stephen’s most recent feature is the 2005 colourful drama MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS starring Dame Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins.

CHRISTINE LANGAN - Producer Christine Langan is an award-winning producer who previously produced Stephen Frears’ The Deal. In 2004, she executive produced Lie With Me, a two-part thriller directed by Susanna White. She followed this by producing the critically acclaimed drama Dirty Filthy Love directed by Adrian Shergold and starring Michael Sheen, receiving a BAFTA nomination and an RTS Award for Best Single Drama. In 2005 she produced Pierrepoint, starring Timothy Spall and Juliet Stevenson and directed by Adrian Shergold. It was released in April 2006 after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005.

In 2002 she returned to Granada TV as an executive producer after two years away, during which time she produced the ITV1 comedy drama I Saw You starring Fay Ripley and Paul Rhys and produced and directed Rescue Me, the BBC1 comedy starring Sally Phillips. Her first role upon her return to Granada was as Executive Producer on Watermelon, a romantic comedy starring Anna Friel. She earlier gained recognition for producing the pilot and the first three series of Cold Feet, Granada’s hugely successful comedy drama, which is now screened in 33 countries and has won countless awards worldwide. In September ’06, Christine will be taking up a new role as Producer/Executive Producer with BBC Films.

TRACEY SEAWARD - Producer Tracey Seaward previously worked with Stephen Frears as producer on the highly acclaimed DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, which won an Academy Award ® nomination for Best Screenplay and was nominated for Best British Film and Best Screenplay at the BAFTAs.

Her other producer credits include the 2005 international commercial and critical hit THE CONSTANT GARDENER by Fernando Meirelles, which won Rachel Weisz the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress this year, as well as Academy Award® nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Music and a slew of BAFTA nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Tracey’s credits also include Danny Boyle’s MILLIONS (2003), Neil Jordan’s THE GOOD THIEF (2000), NORA (1998), THE SERPENT’S KISS (1996), NOTHING PERSONAL (1995) and WIDOW’S PEAK (1993).

ANDY HARRIES - Producer Andy Harries was appointed Controller of Drama and Comedy of Granada in 2000, having spent seven years creating and running Granada’s acclaimed Comedy Department. In his capacity as Controller of Comedy, he oversaw the production of numerous multi-award winning programmes including five series of Cold Feet (BAFTA, Best Drama 2002), The Mrs Merton Show (1997 BAFTA Best Talk Show) and The Royle Family for BBC1 (2000 BAFTA Situation Comedy).

As Controller of Drama, Comedy and Factual Drama, Andy’s departmental output has been prolific. Productions range from singles such as Hot Money and MY BEAUTIFUL SON (2002 BAFTA Best Actress for Julie Walters) to the adaptations of Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga and Pasternak’s epic love story Dr Zhivago, starring Keira Knightley and Sam Neill.

In 2003, Andy executive produced The Deal (BAFTA, Best Single Drama 2003), directed by Stephen Frears for Channel 4, Henry VIII written by Peter Morgan starring Ray Winstone and Helena Bonham Carter, the critically acclaimed factual dramas Wall of Silence and Danielle Cable: Eyewitness, and the award-winning Prime Suspect 6 starring Helen Mirren.

FRANCOIS IVERNEL – Executive Producer Managing director of Pathé UK since 2000, before which he had the same position with its French counterpart Pathé Image, Francois Ivernel has executive produced over 20 films, including Stephen Frears’ Academy Award® nominated MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS, Neil Jordan’s BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, Jean Duval’s THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT, Gurinder Chadha’s BRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Danny Boyle’s MILLIONS, Roger Michell’s ENDURING LOVE, Shona Auerbach’s DEAR FRANKIE and Peter Weber’s Academy Award® nominated GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING.

CAMERON McCRACKEN - Executive Producer Cameron McCracken worked as a film lawyer for nine years in London, Paris and Rome before establishing himself as an independent producer. He was Director of Business Affairs at British Screen Finance Limited before moving into his current role as Deputy Managing Director of Pathe UK. He has co-produced or executive produced over 20 films including Girl With A Pearl Earring, Bride and Prejudice, Millions, Enduring Love, Mrs Henderson Presents and Breakfast on Pluto.

SCOTT RUDIN - Executive Producer Scott Rudin (Producer), films include: FAILURE TO LAUNCH, FREEDOMLAND, LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, THE LIFE AQUATIC, CLOSER, TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, IÜ• HUCKABEES, THE VILLAGE, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE STEPFORD WIVES, SCHOOL OF ROCK, THE HOURS, CHANGING LANES, ORANGE COUNTY, IRIS, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, ZOOLANDER, SHAFT, SLEEPY HOLLOW, ANGELA’S ASHES, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, WONDER BOYS, BRINGING OUT THE DEAD, SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT, THE TRUMAN SHOW, A CIVIL ACTION, IN AND OUT, RANSOM, MOTHER, MARVIN’S ROOM, THE FIRST WIVES CLUB, TWILIGHT, CLUELESS, SABRINA, NOBODY’S FOOL, THE FIRM, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, SISTER ACT, SISTER ACT 2: BACK IN THE HABIT, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES, LITTLE MAN TATE, REGARDING HENRY, PACIFIC HEIGHTS, FLATLINERS, JENNIFER EIGHT, MRS. SOFFEL AND HE MAKES ME FEEL LIKE DANCING (Academy Award® – Best Documentary).

Theatre: Passion (Tony Award – Best Musical), Indiscretions, Hamlet, Seven Guitars, Skylight, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, On the Town, The Chairs, The Judas Kiss, Stupid Kids, The Blue Room, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Closer (London and New York), Amy’s View, The Wild Party, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Copenhagen (Tony Award – Best Play), The Designated Mourner, The Caretaker (London), The Goat (Tony Award – Best Play), Medea, Beckett/Albee, Caroline, or Change, The Normal Heart, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Doubt (Tony Award – Best Play), Red Light Winter, Well, Faith Healer, The History Boys (Tony Award – Best Play), and Shining City. Scott Rudin’s upcoming films include: Kenneth Lonergan’s MARGARET, Noah Baumbach’s Untitled, Richard Eyre’s NOTES ON A SCANDAL, Roger Michell’s VENUS, Kim Peirce’s STOP-LOSS, Joel and Ethan Coen’s NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Paul Thomas Anderson’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD, Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX and THE DARJEELING LIMITED, and Stephen Daldry’s THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY.

PETER MORGAN - Writer Peter Morgan has written extensively for film and television and previously collaborated with Stephen Frears on the BAFTA award-winning TV film “The Deal,” about the friendship and political relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. His work on THE QUEEN, “The Deal” and his new play, “Frost/Nixon,” based on the 1977 televised encounter between the famous journalist and former US President, have established his reputation for exploring the inner nature of power – its acquisition, machinations and loss.

His adaptation of THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, set in Idi Amin’s Uganda, for director Kevin Macdonald comes to cinemas in September 2006, when his adaptation of THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL starts filming for Sony and Focus. Morgan was born in South London to parents who were both refugees – his father, a German Jew and his mother, a Catholic from Poland. He grew up speaking German and, as a young outsider, developed early skills of observation that he believes have helped him to write so incisively and fearlessly about the inner worlds of the powerful. Morgan’s credits also include prestigious TV dramas such as “Longford” for C4 and HBO and his award winning collaborations with director Pete Travis – “The Jury,” which won Best Drama at the Reims International Festival and Best Drama at the CRS Awards, and “Henry VIII,” starring Ray Winston and Helena Bonham Carter which won the Best Drama International Emmy in 2004.

His feature film credits include MARTHA MEET FRANK, DANIEL AND LAURENCE, and THE SILENT TOUCH for celebrated Polish director Krystoff Zanussi, which was in Competition at the Festival du Cannes in 2002. His early short film DEAR ROSIE was directed by Peter Cattaneo and won an Oscar® nomination in 1990. Morgan’s play “Frost/Nixon,” his debut as a playwright, is being directed by Michael Grandage for the Donmar Warehouse in September 2006. As with THE QUEEN, Morgan delved into intensive research for the project, interviewing not only David Frost but Frost’s producer, former Nixon aides and political advisors to create a compelling portrait of two contrasting men

AFFONSO BEATO, ASC, ABC - Director of Photography An esteemed cinematographer with an award-winning international career spanning close to forty years, Affonso Beato was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but moved to New York in 1970, became an US citizen and currently resides in Los Angeles. His most recent credits include DARK WATER directed by Walter Salles.

Beato’s additional film credits include Jonathan Lynn’s THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS, Matthew Parkhill’s DOT THE I, Bruno Barreto’s VIEW FROM THE TOP, Terry Zwigoff’s GHOST WORLD, and ANTONIO DAS MORTES which won the Jury Prize at the Festival du Cannes. Most notably, Beato has a running partnership with acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar on such films as ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER which garnered a 2000 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, LIVE FLESH and THE FLOWER OF MY SECRET.

LUCIA ZUCCHETTI - Editor Lucia Zucchetti has worked on some of the most creative and stylistically original British independent films of the last ten years. She began her career cutting Lynne Ramsay’s award winning short films SMALL DEATHS (Jury Prize, Festival du Cannes 1996) and GASMAN (Jury Prize, Festival du Cannes 1998 and Scottish BAFTA for Best Short Film 1997). Zucchetti went on to work with Ramsay on the award-winning feature films: RATCATCHER and MORVERN CALLAR.

Other credits include: THE LOW DOWN, John Crowley’s INTERMISSION and Michael Radford’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. She has previously collaborated on two films with Stephen Frears:The Deal and MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS.

ALAN MACDONALD - Production Designer Alan Macdonald is a leading production designer whose recent credits include KINKY BOOTS, 51ST STATE, NORA and ROGUE TRADER. He has worked extensively with director John Maybury including the recent thriller THE JACKET, LOVE IS THE DEVIL, and REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS FAST which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1994.

CONSOLATA BOYLE - Costume Designer A graduate of archaeology and history from University College Dublin, Consolata Boyle trained in set and costume design at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin before moving into film. She now has over 20 years of experience in costume design and has worked with director Stephen Frears on three feature films before THE QUEEN - THE VAN, MARY REILLY and The Snapper. Her other recent credits include IMAGINE ME AND YOU, ASYLUM, THE ACTOR, NORA, CATASTROPHE, THE WINSLOW BOY and ANGELA’S ASHES. She won an Emmy for Best Costume on The Lion In Winter in 2004.

DANIEL PHILLIPS - Make Up and Hair Designer Daniel Phillips is a highly experienced make up and hair designer who has worked on numerous feature films over the past ten years. His recent credits include VENUS, THE HISTORY BOYS, MAN TO MAN, THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN’S EXTRAORDINARY APOCALYPSE, ANITA AND ME, FOUR FEATHERS, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HAROLD SMITH and WITH OR WITHOUT YOU. In 2000 he received an Emmy for Best Make Up for Arabian Nights.

LEO DAVIS - Casting Director Leo Davis is a renowned casting director who has worked with Stephen Frears on nine previous films including MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS, LIAM, THE VAN, MARY REILLY, The Snapper, HIGH FIDELITY, DANGEROUS LIAISONS and The Deal. Other recent credits in an international career spanning over 15 years include THE CONSTANT GARDENER, LAYER CAKE, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD, FELICIA’S JOURNEY and SUNSHINE.

PETER LINDSAY - Production Sound Mixer Peter Lindsay is a widely respected sound mixer who has worked on numerous international feature films including BATMAN BEGINS, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA award this year, PROOF, THUNDERBIRDS, CALLAS FOREVER, FOUR FEATHERS, CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN, THE BEACH, VELVET GOLDMINE and BRASSED OFF. In 1997 he received a Golden Reel nomination for Best Sound for THE WINGS OF A DOVE and in 1999 he was nominated for a BAFTA for his work on LITTLE VOICE.

THE QUEEN is his third feature with director Stephen Frears, the previous films being MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS and DIRTY PRETTY THINGS.

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT - Composer After composing the music for over fifty (50) European films and being nominated for two (2) Cesar Awards, Alexandre Desplat, burst onto the Hollywood scene with his evocative score to GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING (2003), which earned him nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA and European Film Awards. His reputation was solidified by his critically acclaimed score to Jonathan Glazier’s film BIRTH (starring Nicole Kidman).

Following in close succession, Alexandre composed the scores to THE UPSIDE OF ANGER (starring Joan Allen and Kevin Costner), HOSTAGE (starring Bruce Willis and Directed by Florent Siri) and Lasse Holström’s CASANOVA (starring Heath Ledger and Jeremy Irons). More recently, Alexandre lent his talents to Stephen Gaghan’s film SYRIANA (Produced by Steven Soderbergh; starring Matt Damon and George Clooney), which earned him another Golden Globe nomination, and FIREWALL (starring Harrison Ford and directed by Richard Loncraine). He has just completed composing the scores to THE QUEEN (directed by Stephen Frears and starring Helen Mirren) and THE PAINTED VEIL (starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts). His next score will be for MR. MAGORIUM’S WONDER EMPORIUM (starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman, 2007).

Balancing his busy Hollywood schedule, Alexandre still makes time to lend his talents to a select number of European films, his most recent score for DE BATTRE MON COEUR S’EST ARRÊTÉ (“The Beat that My Heart Skipped”), earned him a Silver Bear Award for Best Score at the Berlin Film Festival in 2005 and a Cesar award at the Cesar Awards in 2006. Alexandre’s Greek mother and French father met while attending College at Berkeley in the United States. The multilingual Alexandre was classically trained, but fed a constant diet of American Jazz and Hollywood movie scores. These influences have been fused in his music to create a fresh and unique, new voice in film music.

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TIMELINE OF EVENTS

July 29, 1981
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer are married in a fairytale wedding in London

August 28, 1996
After years of bitter acrimony and intense media coverage of their marital problems, Diana and Charles are officially divorced

May 1, 1997
Tony Blair, the leader of the New Labour Party, wins the election for Prime Minister by a landslide, ending 18 years of rule by Tories Margaret Thatcher and John Major

August 31, 1997
Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris, along with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, after a high-speed chase by paparazzi

August 31, 1997
Tony Blair appears before a public crowd, calling Diana “the people’s princess”

September 2, 1997
British outpouring of grief builds to new heights as an endless sea of bouquets surrounds Diana’s residence at Kensington Palace; meanwhile criticism of the silent Royal Family mounts

September 4, 1997
Five days after Diana’s death, the Royal Family releases their first public statement

September 5, 1997
The Queen makes a live televised broadcast to the nation, calling Diana “an exceptional and gifted human being”

September 6, 1997
The nation comes to a halt as millions of people line the streets for Diana’s public funeral

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