Richard Rich - The King and I 1999 - Anna Leonowens - Profile Picture
Anna Leonowens
Background information
Feature films The King and I
Short films
Television programs
Video games The King and I Animated Thinking Adventure
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Patrick Gleeson
Colm Duggan (supervising animators)
Steven E. Gordon
Elena Kravets
Voice Miranda Richardson (speaking)
Christiane Noll (singing)
Performance model
Designer Elena Kravets
Bronwen Barry
Inspiration Anna Leonowens from the original musical of the same name
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Anna Harriette Leonowens (in real life)
Other names Mrs. Anna (referred to by King Mongkut and Chulalongkorn)
Personality Headstrong, independent, spunky, outspoken, wise, motherly, open-minded, kindhearted, compassionate, strong-willed, difficult, beautiful, feisty
Appearance Slender with fair skin and beautiful mahogany-red hair, green eyes, red lips and pearl-like earrings on her ears
Occupation School teacher of Siam
Alignment Good
Nationality English
Goal To teach the Royal Children and have the house of her own (succeeded)
Home England (her former hometown)
Siam (her current hometown)
Relatives Her husband (deceased), Louis Leonowens (son), King Mongkut (love interest)
Pets Moonshee (monkey)
Allies King Mongkut, Louis, Sir Edward Ramsey, The Royal Children, Tuptim, Prince Chulalongkorn, Rama
Enemies Kralahome, Master Little, The Sea Serpent
Likes Dancing with King Mongkut, teaching the Royal Children, her architectural brick residence outside the Royal Palace, encouragement
Dislikes King Mongkut's attitude, her own difficulty, the Kralahome antagonizing her
Powers and abilities
Weapons Mini elephant statue (for trying to break the metal door)
Fate Dances with King Mongkut at the pavilion during the end of the film and the finale of "Shall We Dance?"
Quote "I'm whistling. That's what I do when I'm afraid."

Anna Leonowens is a character, a widowed mother of Louis, a school teacher, King Mongkut's love interest and the main protagonist from the 1999 animated film, The King and I. She is voiced by Miranda Richardson along with Christiane Noll doing her singing voice.



Anna Leonowens is an usual woman from the 1860s and the attractive English widow has come to Siam with the promise of meaningful work teaching and enlightening the Royal Children and the promise of an architectural brick house of her own where she may raise her 10-year old son, Louis outside the Royal Palace.

When she discovers that King Mongkut is rather cavalier about the promises he keeps, she must prove to him that everyone deserves the right to make their own choices. In her own clever way, she proves herself an able, key adviser and a true friend to Mongkut. She convinces him not to fight the approaching British emissaries, but instead to throw a grand ball and prove himself to be a civilized, modern King.

Anna discovers him to be more open-minded and kindhearted than his stubborn, royal facade would suggest. She is just the woman to help Mongkut help himself, if she can survive the battle of wills.


Describing Anna's personality, she is beautiful, headstrong, outspoken, independent, kind-hearted, open-minded, wise, motherly. On the other hand of her personality, she was used to be, feisty, spunky, difficult.

But before she leaves, before Tuptim is about to be whipped until her death and before King Mongkut is alive, she used to be angry, short-tempered, serious, upset and also, she gets emotional.

Physical appearance

She is slender with fair skin and beautiful mahogany-red hair, green eyes, red lips and pearl-like earrings on her ears. She wears a blue sleeveless dress with a yellowish-white long puffy sleeved shirt underneath with a small white collar and red tie. Underneath her dress, she wears a white petticoat, white pantalettes, and black heeled boots with white spats. She wears a blue bonnet with a dark blue coat over her dress when she travels to Siam. She has her hair in a bun most of the time.

Role in the film

She enters Siam along with her son, Louis as she meets King Mongkut as she becomes the royal school teacher. She then brings a different way to bring Mongkut and the many royal children in the royal academy as she becomes the royal schoolteacher. She begins to have romantic feelings for the King as the two begin to dance.

The villainous Kralahome wants to overthrow King Mongkut from the throne, but after Anna manages to stop Kralahome and he is arrested and is forced to clean up the elephant dung with his henchman, Master Little, Anna returns her feelings (along with her adjacent architectural brick residence outside the Royal palace) to the King as the two begin to dance towards the end of the film.

Other appearances


The King and I Animated Thinking Adventure

Differences from the source material





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Richard Rich - The King and I - Transparent Logo
The King and I (Soundtrack/Video) • The King and I Animated Thinking Adventure
Anna LeonowensLouis LeonowensKing MongkutMoonsheeRamaTuskerPrince ChulalongkornTuptimThe Royal ChildrenKralahomeMaster LittleSir Edward Ramsey
I Whistle a Happy TuneHello, Young LoversGetting to Know YouShall I Tell You What I Think of You?A PuzzlementI Have DreamedPrayer to BuddhaShall We Dance?
The Royal PalaceKralahome's Lair
The Royal PendantThe Magic Gong
See also