Becoming Elizabeth

Becoming Elizabeth is the fascinating, untold story of the early life of England’s most iconic Queen but this is Elizabeth as you’ve never seen her before, a teenager finding her way in a treacherous world.

Long before she ascended the throne, young Elizabeth Tudor was an orphaned teenager who became embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court. With no clear heir, the death of King Henry the VIII sets into motion a dangerous scramble for power. His surviving children find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.

The world of Becoming Elizabeth is visceral, dangerous, and very bloody; a time in which every man or woman of the court is on the wheel of fortune, which may take them to a position of great power one moment, or the executioner’s block the next. Judgements are rendered quickly, and no one is safe.


An 8 x 60 minute original series for Starz

Starring: Alicia von Rittberg, Romola Garai, Oliver Zetterstrom, Jessica Raine, Tom Cullen, John Heffernan, Jamie Parker, Jamie Blackley, Bella Ramsey

Created and lead written by: Anya Reiss

Writers: Emily Ballou, Anna Jordan, Suhayla El-Bushra

Executive Producers: George Ormond, George Faber, Anya Reiss

Directors: Justin Chadwick, Udayan Prasad, Catherine Morshead

Producer: Lisa Osborne


‘This is dark meat: a historical drama with the feeling of danger at every turn’ […] ‘Like Succession, but sexier’[…] ‘with so many fascinating monsters onscreen, you won’t be able to look away.’ 4* The Guardian

‘Becoming Elizabeth Finds a New (and Newly Disturbing) Way Into A Familiar Tudor Story.’ Variety

‘Becoming Elizabeth injects familiar history with fresh wit and intrigue.’ The Telegraph

‘Becoming Elizabeth…turns a centuries-old tale into something both timeless and fresh.’ Hollywood Reporter

‘A searing examination of Tudor politics.’ IndieWire