A United Kingdom

My grandfather was a King - I am his heir. I have a responsibility to return home to my people, but I will never achieve anything worthwhile if I leave my heart here.

    A United Kingdom Synopsis

    A UNITED KINGDOM tells the inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

    A UNITED KINGDOM opened the BFI London Film Festival 2016. Read more on the About the BBC blog here: bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/


    Terry Pheto nominated Best Supporting Actress, British Independent Film Awards 2016.

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    David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto, Arnold Oceng, Jack Lowden


    Amma Asante


    Rick McCallum, David Oyelowo, Justin Moore-Lewy, Peter Heslop, Brunson Green, Charlie Mason


    Guy Hibbert

    Executive Producers:

    Cameron McCracken, Guy Hibbert, Christine Langan, Ben Roberts, Eleanor Clark Windo



    Credits summary:

    Pathé, BBC Films, BFI, Ingenious presentation with the participation of Canal + and Cine + of a Yoruba Saxon/Harbinger Pictures/Perfect Weekend/A Film United Production A Film by Amma Asante



    Running time:

    111 mins

    Release Dates


    25 November 2016

    Broadcast on

    23 March 2019