The Young Victoria is a 2009 British costume drama film based on the young life of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. It stars Emily Blunt, Miranda Richardson, and Jim Broadbent.
The film is produced by Graham King, Martin Scorsese, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Tim Headington. The world premiere was held at the Electric Palace in Bridport, Dorset. Although largely faithful to historical facts, the film has drawn criticism for embellishing on events in order to increase dramatic potential. For example, Prince Albert was never shot during an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria. This inaccuracy has reportedly annoyed Queen Elizabeth II following a private screening of the film. According to the writer, Julian Fellowes, “The scene where he’s (Conroy) trying to make her sign the paper when she’s ill and she throws it to the floor – its completely true”, and “The scene in Windsor where the King stands up and insults Victoria’s mother is not only true, but about two-thirds of his speech is what he actually said!”.
Plot: The film follows on the life of the young Queen Victoria, focusing on her early reign and romance with Prince Albert.
* Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria
* Rupert Friend as Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
* Miranda Richardson as Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent
* Mark Strong as Sir John Conroy
* Jim Broadbent as King William IV
* Harriet Walter as Queen Adelaide
* Paul Bettany as William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
* Thomas Kretschmann as King Leopold I of Belgium
* Jeanette Hain as Baroness Louise Lehzen
* Julian Glover as Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
* Michael Maloney as Sir Robert Peel
* Michiel Huisman as Ernst I, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
* Johnnie Lyne-Pirkis as Prince Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland
* Liam Scott as Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex
* Dave A. Hewitt as Henry Howard, 13th Duke of Norfolk
* Danny Dalton as the Prince of Prussia
* Sophie Roberts as Lady Emma Portman
* Rachael Stirling as Harriet Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland
* Princess Beatrice of York makes a small cameo during the coronation scene as a lady-in-waiting.