Winner of nine Emmy(R) Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries! She held absolute power over everything-except her heart. Emmy(R) Award winner Helen Mirren and Academy Award(R) winner Jeremy Irons star in this two-part HBO Films miniseries event that explores the intersection of the public and private life of Queen Elizabeth I in the latter half of her 45-year reign. Part 1 of the film follows the tempestuous relationship between the middle-aged Elizabeth and the Earl of Leicester (Irons) as it survives war, treason, illness and a French suitor. In Part 2, an older Elizabeth has an equally passionate affair with the young, ambitious Earl of Essex (Hugh Dancy), Leicester's stepson. Ian McDiarmid, Patrick Malahide and Toby Jones co-star. Directed by Tom Hooper; written by Nigel Williams.