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Queen Vic in Cinema: Judi Dench and who else?

Tony Black takes a look at the other Queen Victoria's in cinematic history...

IMELDA STAUNTON in THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS (2012)

One of the most enjoyable animated British films in recent years, Queen Victoria appears somewhat differently in The Pirates! An Adventure With Scientists, not just for the fact she’s voiced by Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge herself!) as an animated character, but equally given she’s pitched as the evil super villain at the heart of Gideon Defoe’s book-series adaptation. She provides royal foil for the Pirate Captain and his amateur pirate crew as they undertake a massive adventure in order to win the Pirate of the Year competition.

Ironically for a film in which Victoria isn’t the centre point, and isn’t even a live-action character, it’s among the most successful pictures featuring the Queen, achieving positive reviews and even a 2013 Academy Award nomination. It’s also damn good fun along the way!

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