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History's most unlikely friendship

Academy Award winner Judi Dench (“Shakespeare in Love”) reunites with Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (“The Queen”), and returns to the role of Queen Victoria, in “Victoria & Abdul.” The screenplay of “Victoria & Abdul” is by Academy Award nominee Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), based on journalist Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant., which brought to light the long-hidden history of Victoria and Abdul from their own diaries and journals. The extraordinary true story of the amazing and unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young clerk, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), who becomes her teacher, her spiritual advisor, and her devoted friend. In 1887, Abdul travels from India to present a ceremonial medal as part of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee but surprisingly finds favor with the elderly Queen. The unprecedented and unlikely relationship causes a battle royale within the royal household, pitting the Queen against court and family. “Victoria & Abdul” humorously explores questions of race, religion, power, and the farce of Empire through the prism of a highly unusual and deeply moving friendship

  • 1 hr 46 minPG13
  • Sep 22, 2017
  • Drama

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Cast & Crew

  • Judi DenchQueen Victoria

  • Ali FazalAbdul Karim

  • Tim Pigott-SmithSir Henry Ponsonby

  • Adeel AkhtarMohammed

  • Michael GambonLord Salisbury

  • Olivia WilliamsLady Churchill

  • Eddie IzzardBertie, Prince of Wales

  • Simon CallowPuccini

  • Stephen FrearsDirector

  • Tim BevanProducer