Who played the title role in the 1998 film 'Elizabeth'?
'Elizabeth' is a 1998 British biographical period drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur and written by Michael Hirst. It stars Cate Blanchett in the title role of Elizabeth I of England, with Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, John Gielgud, and Richard Attenborough in supporting roles.
The film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
'Elizabeth' premiered at the 55th Venice International Film Festival on 8 September 1998 and was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on 23 October. The film received three nominations at the 56th Golden Globe Awards, including for the Best Motion Picture – Drama, with Blanchett winning Best Actress. It received twelve nominations at the 52nd British Academy Film Awards, winning five awards, including Outstanding British Film, and Best Actress (for Blanchett).
Catherine Elise Blanchett (born 14 May 1969) is an Australian actor and producer. Regarded as one of the best actresses of her generation, Blanchett is known for her versatile work across independent films, blockbusters, and the stage. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, three British Academy Film Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards as at the end of 2021.