Emma Thompson Looks Unrecognizable As Queen Elizabeth I In 'Upstart Crow' Christmas Special

Date December 8, 2017

Emma Thompson is one of the British actors who are equally popular both in Hollywood and back at home. The actress earned multiple awards, including an Oscar for the Best Actress in 1992, and played in dozens of iconic films, bringing to life some of the most intriguing and peculiar characters.


One of her most recent works is the role of Queen Elizabeth I in BBC Two's sitcom Upstart Crow. Thompson and the filming crew managed to change her look to the point where the legendary actress is completely unrecognizable.

BBC has recently shared a few photos from the upcoming Christmas Special episode of the series. Upstart Crow, written by Ben Elton, tells the story of one of the greatest geniuses of all times – William Shakespeare – before the man became famous.

In the festive episode, William, played by David Mitchell, is going to try to impress the ginger-haired queen with one of his plays.

However, the legendary monarch is not the most impressive character recreated by the talented actress. It was her who we saw as a weird Professor Sybil in the Harry Potter saga.

© Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) / Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

She also played Cemolina, the main character's mother, in Robert Carlyle's The Legend of Barney Thomson.

© The Legend of Barney Thomson (2015) / Gravitas Ventures, LLC

And, of course, there was her iconic performance in Susanna White's story of the weird-looking Nanny McPhee.

© Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010) / Universal Pictures

Emma Thompson also seems to be an idol for many actors who are popular nowadays, including Kit Harington.

Knowing just how good Emma Thompson is in transforming into unusual characters, we can surely expect her to show a great performance in the upcoming comedy series. The festive episode of the sitcom will air on Christmas on BBC Two.

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Queen Elizabeth Christmas Art