Elizabeth and Bess Throckmorton discussion scene from Elizabeth, the Golden Years. The Queen had a crush on Sir Walter Raleigh who was married to Bess Throckmorton. Bette Davis, in an earlier portrayal of Elizabeth said, "You plead your belly!" Released in 2007 by Universal, director Shekhar Kapur, writers William Nicholson and Michael Hirst. Bess Throckmorton was played by Abbie Cornish and Cate Blanchett played the Queen.