Becoming Elizabeth: Series about the iconic Tudor monarch already canceled after just one season

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The Starz series “Becoming Elizabeth” deals with the young years of the English monarch Elizabeth I. Now it has been announced that the series will not receive a second season from the pay-TV channel. We have all the info.

  • “Becoming Elizabeth” has been available to watch since June 12, 2022, via the Starzplay channel on Amazon Prime Video.
  • Starring Alicia von Rittberg, the series chronicles the youth of English monarch Elizabeth I.
  • It has now been announced that the historical series will not receive a second season.

The history series “Becoming Elizabeth” was launched in June 2022 on the U.S. pay TV channel Starz and provides a youth portrait of the already much-sung about English queen Elizabeth I.
But now the power struggles for the throne have come to an abrupt end, as the series was canceled even before a second season.

Due to her great historical relevance, Queen Elizabeth I has often been portrayed in films and series. Among others, Judi Dench played her in “Shakespeare in Love” in 1998 and Cate Blanchett portrayed the Tudor queen twice: in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” from 2007 and “Elizabeth” from 1998. The American-British drama series “Becoming Elizabeth” was supposed to follow up on these film successes and once again draw a far more comprehensive portrait of the well-known figure.

According to the American online magazine Deadline, however, the series starring German actress Alicia von Rittberg failed to win over viewers, resulting in only fairly moderate ratings. Starz has now drawn conclusions from this disappointing result and decided to end the story of the English monarch prematurely.

The British-American production “Becoming Elizabeth” is at home on pay-TV channel Starz in the US. In this country, you can watch the series via Starzplay, the broadcaster’s streaming service for the European market. The Starzplay channel, which has since been renamed Lionsgate+, is available on Amazon Prime Video, where you can access the streaming service’s content, including “Becoming Elizabeth”.

Becoming Elizabeth: Where to Watch

Becoming Elizabeth: Series about the iconic Tudor monarch already canceled after just one season
The German Countess Alicia von Rittberg plays the great English monarch Elizabeth I © Starz

“Becoming Elizabeth” was launched on June 12, 2022, on the U.S. channel Starz and the Amazon channel Starzplay. It is unlikely that it will be broadcast on free or pay TV.

Becoming Elizabeth: Cast

Becoming Elizabeth: Series about the iconic Tudor monarch already canceled after just one season
The German Countess Alicia von Rittberg plays the great English monarch Elizabeth I © Starz

The leading role of British Queen Elizabeth I is played by “Charité” leading actress Alicia von Rittberg. She is joined in front of the camera by Romola Garai as Mary I, Jessica Raine as Catherine Parr, Jamie Blackley as Robert Dudley, Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey”) as Thomas Seymour, Bella Ramsey as Jane Grey and John Heffernan as the Duke of Somerset.

Becoming Elizabeth: Production

The Starz original is produced by the production companies Lionsgate Television and The Forge, as well as by the executive producers Anya Reiss, George Ormond and George Faber. The idea for “Becoming Elizabeth” also comes from British screenwriter Anya Reiss.

Production on the historical drama began in December 2020. Further filming has been taking place at Cardiff Castle in Wales since March 2021.

Becoming Elizabeth: Alternatives

If you like “Becoming Elizabeth”, you might also be interested in “The Great” and “The Spanish Princess”. But also “Gentleman Jack”, “The White Queen” and “Reign” might be something for you.