The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.


Judi Dench reprises her role as Queen Victoria in the entertaining Victoria & Abdul. Ably supported by a great cast that includes Eddie Izzard as her pompous son Bertie and Tim Pigott-Smith in his last screen role as the Queens private secretary Sir Henry Ponsonby, Dench slips effortlessly back into the role that she last played 20 years ago in Mrs Brown.

Victoria & Abdul is certainly not a patch on the aforementioned Mrs Brown and feels very thin and lightweight at times in terms of the story. However Dench and Bollywood star Ali Fazal have great on screen chemistry and just about lift the film on the strength of their performances alone.

Victoria & Abdul (PG)


Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams

UK Release: Friday 15th September 2017

Victoria & Abdul - "The Story"

Victoria & Abdul - "Locations"