The name Jeannette Charles may not mean anything to you, but you have certainly already seen this British actress in the cinema. Indeed, the one who retired in 2014 has interpreted Queen Elisabeth many times for almost 50 years.
From Bonjour les vacances 2 (National Lampoon's European Vacation) to Austin Power versus the Man with the Golden Member, to The Agent Plays the Prank, Jeannette Charles has made several dozen appearances on both the small and the big screen as the impersonator of the Queen.
The now elderly actress The 94-year-old told The Guardian that her career as an Elizabeth lookalike began in 1972 when she commissioned a portrait of her to give to her husband on his birthday.
The canvas was later exhibited by painter Jane Thornhill at the Royal Academy in London, where several art lovers were convinced it was a portrait of the Queen. The story caught the attention of the British press at the time.
As a result of this story, Jeannette Charles received several offers to impersonate the Queen in advertisements. She then decided to get an agent, realizing that her likeness could work in her favor.
The actress tried to get into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, but the tuition fees were too high. In addition, her appearance worked against her, believes Ms. Charles.
“No matter what role I played, I heard comments from the audience and sometimes even laughter,” says Jeannette Charles.
The latter nevertheless claims to have worked hard to interpret Elizabeth II.
“I spent hours perfecting the Queen's voice and mannerisms. I kept up to date with royal news so I could reference it,” says the retired actress.
In 2014, Jeannette Charles had to retire due to arthritis.  ;
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