Queen Elizabeth II, has sadly died at the age of 96 years old.In the years during her reign, the monarch was portrayed on screen by a number of big name celebrities, including Harry Potter star Emma Thompson and award winners Claire Foy and Olivia Colman.Their performances captured The Queen during different eras of her reign - from her first years on the throne, through to her later life.READ MORE: Buckingham Palace statement in full as Queen is 'placed under medical supervision'Here, Daily Star takes a look at some of the celebrities who have played The Queen.Helen Mirren played the royal in the critically acclaimed 2006 film The Queen, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress.Speaking to Radio Times, Helen revealed that prior to taking on the role, she wrote to The Queen, saying: "I realised we were investigating a profoundly painful part of her life, so I wrote to her."I said, 'We are doing this film.
We are investigating a very difficult time in your life. I hope it’s not too awful for you.' I can’t remember how I put it. I just said that in my research I found myself with a growing respect for her, and I just wanted to say that."The Queen herself praised Helen's performance in the film, and as such, subsequently invited the actress to Buckingham Palace following the film's release.It was not the first time that Helen Mirren played her majesty however, as the actress also portrayed The Queen in stage production The Audience, for which she won a Tony Award.Helen's role as The Queen followed a long and successful acting career, which saw her appear in theatre productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company and TV series such as Prime Suspect, as well as films including Calendar Girls, Hitchcock, Red, Fast and.Read more on dailystar.co.uk