Saoirse Ronan is an LGBTQ ally in new Mary Queen of Scots clip

She’s the BFF we wish we had.

With star turns from Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I, two fierce royal figures in a male-dominated world, period drama Mary Queen of Scots had all the makings of a gay favourite as it was.

But the true story of betrayal and rebellion – and plenty of fancy costumes – has been given a modern update with the inclusion of queer characters, including Mary’s confidant David Rizzio, portrayed by Ismael Cruz Cordova.

In a new clip from the film, David is dressed in traditional women’s clothing while he entertains Mary and her chambermaids, when he questions: “Is it a sin that I feel more of a sister to you than a brother?”

Realising he may have spoken out of turn, he adds: “Forgive me, I forget myself in your company.”

“Be whoever you wish with us. You make for a lovely sister,” Mary replies.

Who knew Mary Queen of Scots was such an ally?

Watch the new clip below.

Mary Queen of Scots is released in UK cinemas 18 January, 2019.

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