Victoria and Abdul (film)

Victoria and Abdul
Directed by Stephen Frears
Produced by
Written by Lee Hall
Based on Victoria and Abdul
by Shrabani Basu
Distributed by Focus Features
Release dates
  • September 22, 2017 (2017-09-22) (US)
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

Victoria and Abdul is an upcoming British-American biographical drama film directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. It is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu. The film stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Adeel Akhtar. Focus Features will release the film on September 22, 2017 in a limited run.



On June 17, 2016, it was reported Judi Dench would play the Queen Victoria in the film Victoria and Abdul, based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu. Stephen Frears would direct the film.[1] On August 5, 2016, it was announced that Ali Fazal had joined the film to play Abdul Karim, while the film would be co-producing by Working Title Films and BBC Films, and would be co-financing by BBC and Focus Features.[2] Focus would also handle the domestic distribution rights while Universal Pictures International would handle all the other countries. Script was written by Lee Hall and producers would be Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner, while the other cast included Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith, and Adeel Akhtar.[2]

Principal photography on the film began on September 15, 2016, at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom.[3][4]


Victoria and Abdul is scheduled for a limited release on September 22, 2017 by Focus Features.[5]


  1. Ritman, Alex (June 17, 2016). "Judi Dench to play Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears' 'Victoria and Abdul'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
  2. 1 2 Jaafar, Ali (August 5, 2016). "Stephen Frears' 'Victoria And Abdul' Adds Ali Fazal And Eddie Izzard; Working Title-BBC Co-Pro, Focus Co-Fi And Distributing". Deadline. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  3. Cooley, Isobel (September 15, 2016). "'Victoria and Abdul' filming starts today at Osborne House". OnTheWight. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  4. Moreno, Jon (September 15, 2016). "Dame Judi Dench filming at Osborne House for new Queen Victoria movie". Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  5. Busch, Anita (September 7, 2016). "Focus Features Pegs Fall 2017 For Stephen Frears' 'Victoria And Abul'". Deadline. Retrieved September 17, 2016.

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