The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule.
When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself.
As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.
As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
Starring: Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon, Tim Pigott-Smith and Simon Callow. Directed by Stephen Frears
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Judi Dench stars in a poignant look at the end of Queen Victoria’s reign
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READ the 4 star Times review
Judi Dench’s turn as Victoria in old age, smitten with her man-servant, is one of her best
“Sly humour and genuine emotion abound as this fascinating true story emerges from the shadows of history”
The Radio Times