2019 has been another cracking year of cinematic treats for British period drama fans.
Mary Queen of Scots
This historical drama starring Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) and Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart, Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18.
Keira Knightley (Colette), Jason Clarke (First Man) and Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies) star in this adaptation of Rhidian Brook’s 2013 book, set in Germany in 1946.
Kingsman actor Taron Egerton plays Elton John in this fantasy musical biopic about the singer’s early years, set in the 1960s and 1970s, alongside Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) and Richard Madden (Bodyguard).
Stan & Ollie
John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan play the world’s favorite comedy double act, Laurel & Hardy, as the pair set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in the early 1950s.
Set in the early 18th century, historical farce The Favourite won an Oscar for The Crown star Olivia Colman’s performance as Queen Anne, who was the Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1702 to 1707.
Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) stars as Freddie Mercury in this Oscar-winning movie about British rock band Queen, set in the 1970s and 1980s.
Julian Fellowes reunites with Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern, best known as Lady Cora, in this adaptation of Laura Moriarty’s best-selling American novel, set in the 1920s.
Judi Dench plays the KGB’s longest-serving British spy in Red Joan, with Victoria star Tom Hughes playing the young communist she falls for as a Cambridge physics student in the film’s 1930s flashbacks.
This biopic about J. R. R. Tolkien stars Nicholas Hoult as the young Lord of the Rings author, exploring the formative years of the orphaned writer as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration in the years around World War I.
Mary Poppins Returns
54 years after the original Mary Poppins movie, this sequel sees Emily Blunt take over the role of the iconic nanny as she revisits the Banks family in 1930s London.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The follow-up to 2016’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them moves from 1920s New York to London, as Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt Scamander to take on dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.
Keira Knightley, Dominic West (The Hour) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) bring to life the story of famous French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette in early 20th century Paris.
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