C16th makeups: Elizabeth R

Elizabeth R

This 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 starring Anne-Marie Duff as Elizabeth: like Glenda, Anne-Marie portrays Elizabeth from youth through to old-age and had her head partially shaved for the role.

The makeup

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