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Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April 2016Chris Jackson/Getty

Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April. Last year, Her Majesty surpassed Queen Victoria's record as the longest-reigning monarch in England, having served for 63 years, and now almost 64. And with such a substantial amount of time on the throne, it stands to reason that the Queen has been portrayed on both the cinematic and the small screen many times over.

So to join in with her special day, IBTimes UK have looked back on all of those biographical portrayals and those who have played her, from comical performances in US sketch show Saturday Night Live to historical dramas such as The King's Speech. First up...

Helen Mirren, The Queen

Helen Mirren as the Queen
Helen Mirren in an Oscar-winning performance in The QueenGetty Images

Back in 2007, Dame Helen Mirren won an Academy Award for her lead performance in Stephen Frears' The Queen. The film itself focused on the time after Princess Diana's death as Elizabeth II struggles to calm the nation following the unpredictable events. James Cromwell and Michael Sheen also starred.

Jennifer Saunders, Minions

Jennifer Saunders in Minions
Jennifer Saunders lent her voice to an animated version of the Queen in Despicable Me spin-off MinionsUniversal Pictures / YouTube

While only in the movie for a few minutes, Despicable Me spin-off Minions saw British comedian Jennifer Saunders lend her voice to an animated version of Queen Elizabeth II. In the sequence, minions Kevin, Stuart and Bob steal the British monarch's crown in a highly-publicised car chase which inadvertently leads Bob to becoming the King Of England.

Fred Armisen, Saturday Night Live

Fred Armisen as Queen Elizabeth II
Fred Armisen (left) took to playing Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday Night Live on numerous occasions from 2010 to 2013Saturday Night Live / YouTube

Queen Elizabeth II has been played by a number of actors throughout the time that Saturday Night Live has been on television, from Joan Cusack to Jon Lovitz, but most recently the monarch has been played by former performer Fred Armisen. Across the years, he has been joined in skits alongside stars Elton John, Anne Hathaway and fellow SNL member Bill Hader.

Jeanette Charles, Austin Powers in Goldmember

Queen Elizabeth II in Austin Powers: Goldmember
Official look-a-like Jeanette Charles has played the British monarch in a few films, most notably in comedy Austin Powers: GoldmemberNew Line Cinema

Known for being a look-a-like of the Queen, Jeanette Charles starred as Elizabeth II in comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002. She has also appeared in films All You Need Is Cash, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! and National Lampoon's European Vacation as the same member of the Royal family.

Freya Wilson, The King's Speech

Princess Charlotte in The King's Speech
Freya Wilson (right) played Elizabeth when she was just a princess in The King's Speech, with Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen MotherThe Weinstein Company

Young actress Freya Wilson portrayed Elizabeth when she was just a princess in the 2010 Tom Hooper film The King's Speech. Helena Bonham Carter played The Queen's Mother in the movie, while Colin Firth won an Oscar for his performance as her father King George VI, who successfully overcame his paralysing stutter.

Vanessa Redgrave, Cars 2

Vanessa Redgrave in Cars 2
Vanessa Redgrave voiced a Rolls-Royce version of Her Majesty in Disney Pixar sequel Cars 2Disney Pixar

Not only did Disney Pixar sequel Cars 2 see Vanessa Redgrave voice her interpretation of Queen Elizabeth II, it also saw the long-standing monarch re-imagined as a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV (in a variety of shades of royal blue of course). There are a couple of nods to the character being Elizabeth II in its design, such as its license plate being DEII 1952 (Elizabeth II's initials and the year of the start of her reign) and her having an E on her hub-cab.

Soon to play the Queen: Claire Foy, The Crown

Claire Foy in The Crown
Claire Foy is set to star as Queen Elizabeth II in upcoming Netflix original The CrownNetflix / YouTube

Set to debut on Netflix's streaming services worldwide in November, The Crown will tell the story of how Elizabeth (Wolf Hall's Claire Foy) came to adopt the throne in 1952 and forged a working relationship with Sir Winston Churchill at the time. The events depicted in season will reportedly focus on milestones such as her wedding day in 1947, right up to present day.

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