updated: 28/06/2005

old-age: Elizabeth R

The acclaimed BBC television mini-series Elizabeth R portrayed Queen Elizabeth I (Glenda Jackson) from young princess to aged monarch. Glenda Jackson endured an arduous makeup – not to mention having her head partially shaved – to imitate Elizabeth’s bizarre appearance. Some thirty-five years later the BBC filmed a new mini-series on Elizabeth starring Anne-Marie Duff: like Glenda, Anne-Marie portrays Elizabeth from youth through to old-age and has her head partially shaved for the role.

Dawn Alcock was responsible for makeup. I don’t know if any specialists were responsible for the prosthetic makeup: if anyone knows, please themakeupgallery.