From Caroline Bliss to Kristen Stewart — Meet Actresses Playing Princess Diana

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jul 06, 2020
09:00 A.M.
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The late Princess Diana continues to live in people’s memories as Kristen Stewart becomes the latest actress to portray her in a movie.


Although she only lived for 36 years, Princess Diana made an impact on several lives. Her impact was so significant that years after she passed away, the People’s Princess, as she is lovingly referred to, has continued to be a subject of interest in Hollywood.

Late Princess of Wales, Diana at St.John's, Newfoundland on June 23, 1983 during the Royal Tour of Canada.| Photo: Getty Images


According to E! Online, the latest project that would tell the story of her life is a biopic titled “Spencer.” The Pablo Larraíne-directed film will focus on the decisions that Diana made in 1992 following the gradual collapse of her marriage to Prince Charles.

Naomi Watts handled the role of Diana in the 2013 biopic, “Diana.” In an interview, Watts explained her reason for taking the role, describing the late royal as "daunting."

Kristen Stewart at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Charlie's Angels" at Westwood Regency Theater on November 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images


The actress who would be playing the role of the late Princess of Wales is Kristen Stewart, who has become famous for her versatility. During an interview, Pablo explained his choice for Stewart saying that she can be "very mysterious and very fragile and ultimately very strong" which reminds him of the late Princess of Wales.

However, before Kristen, there have been others who played the role of Diana in various films that have caught our attention.


Caroline played the role of Diana in the ABC flick — “Charles and Diana: A Royal Love Story.”  The 1982 film allowed royal fans to re-watch the former couple’s wedding that was held at St. Paul's Cathedral on July 29, 1981.


Actress Caroline Bliss poses for a photo in London on January 01, 1988. | Photo: Getty Images

Formby was in the 1992 film, “The Women of Windsor,” which tackled the marital issues affecting both Diana and Prince Andrew’s union with Sarah Ferguson.



A few months before the finalization of Charles and Diana’s divorce in August 1996, Julie featured in the made-for-TV movie, “Princess in Love.” The film was based on the book of the same name written by Anna Pasternak in 1994.

Lesley Harcourt at the New York Screening of "William & Catherine: A Royal Romance" at the Crosby Street Hotel on August 23, 2011 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images


Cheat Sheet reported that with her appearance in “William & Catherine, A Royal Love Story,” Lesley joined the list of women who have played the part of Princess Diana in films.


Emma starred as the People’s Princess in the fourth season of the Netflix original series, “The Crown.” Unfortunately, production was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that didn't stop Corrin from cementing her character as the People's Princess. 



Amy, on the other hand, embodied the role of the late 36-year-old in the “Diana: A Tribute To The People’s Princess” movie — it was released one year after Diana’s death and was used to honor the late royal.


If there was anyone who made history with her portrayal of Diana, it was actress Naomi Watts. Naomi handled the role of Diana in the 2013 biopic, “Diana.” In an interview, Watts explained her reason for taking the role, describing the late royal as "daunting." In her words:

"I was intrigued by the challenge. I mean, in the beginning I thought, how do you possibly take on the most famous woman of all time when everybody feels they know her so well?"

Advertisement recalled that the actress allegedly got Diana’s permission to portray her in a dream and studied interviews of the late royal.


People noted that Jeanna De Waal brought Diana’s story to life on Broadway during her appearance in “Diana: A True Musical Story.” Genevieve O'Reilly also portrayed the Princess of Wales in the 2007 TLC documentary, “Diana: Last Days of a Princess,” — a documentary that revived the late mother-of-two’s interviews and the days before she died.

Genevieve O'Reilly at the press night after party for "The Ferryman" at Royal Court Theatre on May 3, 2017 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images



Serena Scott Thomas featured in a ’90s TV movie titled, “Diana: Her True Story.” The storyline of the film was derived from the Andrew Morton biography, and it focused on the end of Diana’s marriage to Charles.

Also, New Zealand native, Bonnie Soper appeared in two movies about Prince Harry in 2018 and 2019. Although different actors payed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Soper played Princess Diana in both films.

Serena Scott Thomas, 'All Souls', at a party for UPN's primetime line-up in Los Angeles, CA on January 06, 2001 | Photo: Getty Images

The two Lifetime movies titled "Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance" and "Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal" focused on his love life with Meghan Markle, but also gave a glimpse into the Prince's relationship with his late mother