Becoming Elizabeth filming continues in Somerset

Ladies-in-waiting, knights in shining armour and bloodied soldiers on horseback: Becoming Elizabeth filming continues in Somerset to tell the story of the iconic Tudor queen

  • The Bishops Palace in Wells was a buzz of activity over the weekend, as cast milled around in 16th Century garb – with the addition of Covid-safe face masks
  • Star Alicia Von Rittberg, 27, was on set. She will play Queen Elizabeth I
  • Filming for the series began in December, and it boasts an all-female writing team after being created by Anya Reiss, and is expected to air later this year 

Filming continued for forthcoming Tudor drama Becoming Elizabeth this week on location in Somerset.

The Bishops Palace in Wells was a buzz of activity over the weekend, as cast milled around in 16th Century garb – with the addition of Covid-safe face masks.

Ladies-in-waiting, knights in shining armour and bloodied soldiers on horseback were spotted in snaps from the set, as camera crew masked up too to film the scenes.

Off to work: Filming continued for forthcoming Tudor drama Becoming Elizabeth this week on location in Somerset

Star Alicia Von Rittberg, 27, was on set. She will play Queen Elizabeth I in the show, which will chart her early years.

It will follow the so-called ‘Virgin Queen’ as she becomes embroiled in political and sexual goings-on of the Tudor court before ascending the throne.

Other scenes have taken place in recent days at Wells Cathedral – with dramatic sequences featuring dead animals and severed heads, hinting an execution could be on the horizon.

The young queen was famously orphaned as a teenager after her mother, Anne Boleyn, was beheaded by her father, Henry VIII. 

Giddy up! Ladies-in-waiting, knights in shining armour and bloodied soldiers on horseback were spotted in snaps from the set

Battle ready: The Bishops Palace in Wells was a buzz of activity over the weekend, as cast milled around in 16th Century garb

Crew: Camera crew masked up too to film the scenes

Safety first: Cast were seen wearing Covid-safe face masks

Srar: Alicia Von Rittberg, 27, was on set. She will play Queen Elizabeth I in the show

Period drama: The show will chart Queen Elizabeth I’s early years

Virgin queen: Other scenes have taken place in recent days at Wells Cathedral – with dramatic sequences featuring dead animals and severed heads, hinting an execution could be on the horizon

Plot: It will follow the so-called ‘Virgin Queen’ as she becomes embroiled in political and sexual goings-on of the Tudor court


Ascent: Becoming Elizabeth charts the monarch’s life before ascending the throne

Elizabeth was only three years old when this took place, with King Henry going on to marry his third wife (of an eventual six), Jane Seymour.

But Henry died in 1547, with Elizabeth’s younger brother Edward inheriting the throne at the tender age of nine.

He died of tuberculosis when he was 15. He had taken his half-sisters – Mary and Elizabeth – out of the line of succession, under the influence of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, resulting in Northumberland’s daughter-in-law Lady Jane Grey to reign.

Suited up: A knight waits to film his next scene


Spitting image: Alicia was dressed into the traditional Tudor attire complete with Elizabeth’s signature red hair (left with Queen Elizabeth pictured right)

RIP: Elizabeth’s mother Anne Boleyn was famously Henry VIII’s second wife, and was beheading after failing to provide him with a son and heir

At odds: The princess finds herself as a pawn in her father’s battle to hang onto power until his death in 1547, all the while hoping to produce an heir

This caused outrage and Lady Jane only sat on the throne for nine days before Mary took her rightful place on the throne.

Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth I in 1558 following the death of Queen Mary, and reigned for 45 years until her death in 1603.

She famously ruled alone without a husband, earning her the nickname ‘The Virgin Queen.’  

History: She then became Queen in 1558 following the death of her half-sister Queen Mary, and reigned for 45 years until her death in 1603

Coming soon: Filming for the series began in December, and it boasts an all-female writing team after being created by Anya Reiss, and is expected to air on Starz in the US later this year

Turning the tides: Actors are seen enjoying a joke on the river, between takes

Springtime: An extra is pictured waiting to film a scene next to a bank of daffodils

Sombre: The stars wrapped up in fur garments, typical of the period

Setting the scene: The Bishops Palace and Wells Cathedral will feature in the show

Filming for the series began in December, and it boasts an all-female writing team after being created by Anya Reiss, and is expected to air on Starz in the US later this year.

Of course this isn’t the first time Elizabeth I has been portrayed on screen with Cate Blanchett taking on the role in 1998’s Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age in 2007, with both films earning her Academy Award nominations for Best Actress. 

In 2018, Margot Robbie also transformed into Elizabeth in Mary Queen of Scots, receiving a nomination for a BAFTA Award.

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