Queen Elizabeth I's Origin Story, 'Becoming Elizabeth,' Is Coming to Starz in June (Watch)

Watch a trailer for 'Becoming Elizabeth' ahead of its June premiere on Starz.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

Alicia von Rittberg in 'Becoming Elizabeth'


Queen Elizabeth I is the latest royal to see her story get a television adaptation, with Starz's Becoming Elizabeth set to premiere on June 12. Watch a trailer for the series below.

Born in the 1500s, the real Elizabeth took the throne at age 25, when Protestant England was concerned about a perceived "Catholic threat." (They also worried about who their single queen would end up marrying.) But during her reign, her policies aided in an economic upswing, including clearing debt, which also allowed artistry to flourish. Additionally, during her time as queen, England defeated the Spanish Armada.

But Becoming Elizabeth is an origin story, so it will explore a young Elizabeth Tudor (played by Alicia von Rittberg) during her orphaned teenage years as she becomes caught up in the political and sexual politics of the English court.

After the death of King Henry VIII, his 9-year-old son Edward (Oliver Zetterström) ascends to the throne and begins a dangerous and complicated push for power that Elizabeth and their sister Mary (Romola Garai) get caught up in. Suddenly these young individuals are pawns between those in England (and the greater Europe) that are trying to gain control of the country.

The show also stars Jessica Raine as Henry's widow Catherine Parr; Tom Cullen as Thomas Seymour, who married Catherine but also expresses romantic interest in Elizabeth; and John Hefferman as the Duke of Somerset, who claims the position of Lord Protector after Henry's death. Additional cast members include Jamie Blackley, Alexandra Gilbreath, Jamie Parker, Leo Bill, Bella Ramsey, Ekow Quartey, Alex Macqueen, and Olivier Huband.

The show is created and written by Anya Reiss, who also serves as executive producer with George Ormond and George Faber. Lisa Osborne serves as producer.

Becoming Elizabeth will launch first on the Starz app and the company's streaming and on-demand platforms, as well as internationally on Starzplay, at midnight on June 12. It then will air on the linear cable network at 9 p.m. in the U.S. and Canada.