Elizabeth I may be remembered as the greatest monarch to rule England, but during her lifetime she was beset by enemies – especially amongst those closest to her. In a television first, model and actor Lily Cole plays Elizabeth as she grows from adolescent princess to warrior queen. From her very first breath to the day she died Elizabeth was surrounded by enemies who threatened her crown, her country and sometimes her life. She survives illegitimacy, exile, execution, assassination, a Spanish Armada and an uprising at home. This is the story of an outcast who became a great queen.
Elizabeth I preparing for her coronation
Picture credit: Brendan McGinty