The Young Victoria

Out on limited release in the United States (& Canada?) on December 18, 2009, FINALLY!!!

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~ Emily Blunt stars in a new movie covering the early years of Queen Victoria's reign. She has a regal connection, previously playing Catherine Howard, one of the six wives in Henry VIII (2003)

The costumes for this film look amazing.
Sandy Powell, award-winning costume designer recreated this silk-embroidered day dress.

~ Rupert Friend will take on the role of her lifelong love Prince Albert.
(Credits include:
Wickham in 2005's Pride and Prejudice,
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont,
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)

~ Miranda Richardson
is very familiar with playing roles of royalty! She will play the Duchess of Kent, mother to Emily's Victoria. (Miranda has previously portrayed Queen Isabella for Christopher Columbus, Queen Elizabeth I for Blackadder, Queen Mary in The Lost Prince, Queen Rosalind in The Prince & Me, and even the Queen of Hearts in Alice of Wonderland).

~ Paul Bettany plays Lord Melbourne, the British prime minister, Victoria's friend and advisor. I didn't even recognize Paul until I read his name in the credits. (Credits include: Inkheart, A Knight's Tale, Master and Commander)

Jim Broadbent (more on him here) is King William, Victoria's uncle.
Harriet Walter
(S&S, Ballet Shoes, Little Dorrit) plays Queen Adelaide, wife of William.

Mark Strong plays Sir John Conroy, the suspected lover of Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent and he tries to assume parental control of Victoria.

(He played Mr. Knightley opposite Beckinsale's Emma)

Morven Christie (Lost in Austen, Oliver Twist) also makes an appearance.

The screenplay was written by Julian Fellowes, acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning writer of Gosford Park. (He played Lord Richmond in The Aristocrats and Kilwillie in Monarch of the Glen.)

Sarah Ferguson,
the Duchess of York is one of the producers along with
Martin Scorcese. Sarah's daughter, Princess Beatrice has a small non-speaking role in scenes showing her great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria's coronation.
(Beatrice, shown on left)

Duchess Sarah Ferguson
Interview from 2007:
"I met Graham King and said, 'Why don't you produce a movie about Queen Victoria?'"All people see of Victoria is a melancholy queen in mourning, dressed in black. She should be remembered as a beautiful girl, skipping through the grass in bare feet. Hers is a wonderful love story."Sarah has already written a book about the former monarch, 'Travels With Queen Victoria'.

Interview from 2009: She said: "Queen Victoria has always fascinated me. I admire many of her qualities, and in some sense feel a bond of friendship with her. I was able to understand her longing to escape from the pressures of royal life and found her desire to broaden her horizons inspirational."

Talking about her excitement at the project, Sarah explained: "I can't wait for that - it's unbelievable and I think it's going to be massive. With Rupert Friend, Emily Blunt, Martin Scorsese and Julian Fellowes, you can't really go wrong.

"They have all done an incredible job and I am extremely proud that it was based on my idea."

The duchess is said to be much happier living in the UK since her relationship with the queen improved last year - she was invited to spend time at the royal's Scottish residence Balmoral for the first time in 16 years in August.

(The following article was written by Chris Hastings and Beth Jones, Sunday Telegraph)

The Young Queen Victoria Portrayed in Film

She was a fun-loving princess who endured an unhappy childhood, enjoyed the attentions of some of the most prominent men of her day and, for all her breeding, retained the common touch.

This, however, was not Diana, but the young Queen Victoria as portrayed in a new film.

The Young Victoria, which stars Emily Blunt, is set to transform the public's perception of a woman more usually depicted as a bitter old widow forever draped in black.

In the new film, written by Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning writer of Gosford Park, Victoria is a highly spirited, passionate teenager at the very centre of London's social scene.

"Ninety nine per cent of the public don't know anything about the story and will be surprised," said Fellowes. "Some girls like to have fun and she was certainly one of them."

The film, based on an idea by the Duchess of York, begins in 1836, the year before Victoria ascended the throne, and ends in 1840.

She is shown as having no time for the pomposities of court life - playfully bathing her dog within hours of being crowned and dancing down a corridor after surviving her first privy council meeting.

Controversially, however, the movie, co-produced by Martin Scorsese, will claim that as a child Victoria had been held under virtual house arrest by her scheming mother, the Duchess of Kent.

It will show how the Duchess, who insisted on sleeping in the same room until her daughter was 18, plotted to block Victoria's path to the throne so that she and the man she loved, Sir John Conroy, could become regents.

Fellowes said: "Conroy is the villain of our film. He was ambitious, clever, good looking. He totally controlled the duchess."

Fellowes describes Prince Albert as a "Terence Stamp lookalike" who was purposefully chosen for Victoria over his less attractive older brother.

"The eldest prince was very plain and they knew Victoria was too much of a romantic. He was considered ideal for a woman who was determined to marry for love.

"What is interesting is that he fell for her completely. He came from a very dour German court and suddenly he was with this girl who was out for a good time. She loved dancing, music, riding."

Andrew Roberts, the historian and broadcaster who has written extensively on the period, said: "This revision is long overdue. The character of the elderly widow dressed from head to toe in bombazine black is a travesty.

"When young, she was lovely, charming, humorous and passionate."


JUNE 20, 1837, painting by H.T. Wells

Fun Fact:
"Singer JAMES BLUNT and actress EMILY BLUNT wanted to play a prank on the world's media - by starting a rumour they were feuding relatives. The You're Beautiful hitmaker and the Devil Wears Prada star, who are friends but not related, dreamed up a plan to send the gossip mills into overtime, because they are always mistaken for being from the same family. Emily, 24, says, "James Blunt and I are thinking of starting a rumour in the press that we are actually related but that we hate each other, and neither of us is willing to admit to it. "He's a buddy - we talked about it because we both get asked about it all the time. I guess we both have brown hair and blue eyes and are British - of course we're related."


  1. ...playfully bathing her dog within hours of being crowned and dancing down a corridor after surviving her first privy council meeting.

    Ummm? Haven't we seen this before in the miniseries Victoria & Albert? Well, I'm still open-minded and actually look forward to it!

  2. Wow, you've collected a lot of great pictures of this film. I'm just hoping it can live up to all our expectations!:) Judy

  3. I do get a thrill JUST watching the trailer! I hope that the movie doesn't disappoint but I love British history so I should be good!

  4. Now that I've seen it, I can safely say it was AWESOME!

  5. So glad you have finally seen it, Charley, and that you liked it! I agree it is a wonderful film. Judy



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