Romola Garai, Jessica Raine, Tom Cullen and Bella Ramsey are among the all-star cast joining previously announced Alicia Von Rittberg in the new drama that tells the untold story of the early life of England’s most iconic queen.
Acerca de “Becoming Elizabeth”
· “Becoming Elizabeth” is the fascinating and unknown story of the first years of life of the most emblematic queen of England. Long before ascending to the throne, young Elizabeth Tudor was a teenage orphan who was caught up in the political and sexual plots and intrigues of the English court. The death of King Henry VIII triggers a dangerous power struggle. His surviving children become pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe vying for control of the country.
The world of “Becoming Elizabeth” is visceral, dangerous and very bloody; a time when every man or woman at court is part of the wheel of fortune that can lead them from a position of great power one day to the gallows the next. Sentences are passed quickly and no one is safe from them.
· The eight-episode series is produced for STARZ by Lionsgate Television and The Forge.
“Becoming Elizabeth” will air on STARZPLAY throughout Europe, Latin America and Japan, and in the United States and Canada on STARZ platforms.
Reparto de “Becoming Elizabeth”:
Alicia von Rittberg (“Hearts of Steel”, “Charité”, “Genius”) in the role of Elizabeth I. Second of the three children of Henry VIII, born of the “Great Whore” Ana Bolena is a teenager who thinks she is an adult , and old enough, to enter the games to which she will be forced after the death of her father.
He wants to keep his brothers together, but it will prove an impossible task as he walks a delicate path through their opposing religious views. Her brother and sister aren’t the only ones pulling Elizabeth in different directions. Elizabeth’s love for her stepmother Catalina is put to the test by Catalina’s new husband, Thomas, and his flirtation with her, which both flatters and scares her.
Romola Garai (“The Hour”, “The Miniaturist”, “Atonement”) as María, the eldest daughter of Henry VIII, and daughter of his first wife, the very Spanish princess, Catalina de Aragón. Mary is equally devoted to her God and her little brother the King, and divided in two by the conflict that both devotions are totally incompatible; If you honor one you dishonor the other.
Oliver Zetterström (“The Midnight Gang”, “The Romanoffs”, “Britannia”) as Edward, the youngest son of Henry VIII, who, being a boy, is the only one who matters in the brutal wars of succession of the Tudors. Determined not to be seen as a child despite the overbearing Lord Protector, he intends to lead his country into a new Protestant era by force if necessary.
Jessica Raine (“The Informer”, “Patrick Melrose”, “Call The Midwife”), as Catherine Parr, the widow of King Henry VIII. An intelligent and educated woman, who played the role of regent during the King’s illness and who bitterly resents being unable to play that role of power again. When the young King ascends the throne, Catherine is on the sidelines, but is finally free to pursue her former lover, the King’s uncle, Thomas Seymour.
Tom Cullen (“Weekend”, “Black Mirror”, “Downton Abbey”), as Thomas Seymour. As charming as he is playful and funny, as well as exalted, ambitious, and possibly dangerous. He awaits the loot that should naturally belong to the King’s uncle. His ambitions are ruined by the machinations of his older brother, Edward Seymour, the Duke of Somerset, who quickly seizes the post of Lord Protector from the new boy king. He marries his former lover, the Dowager Queen Catherine, as much out of lust for power as out of love, but it is then that he sets his sights on the adolescent Elizabeth, and a new path to power opens up before him.
John Heffernan (“The Pursuit of Love”, “Dracula”, “The Crown”), as the Duke of Somerset. When the old king dies, Somerset soon claims the post of Lord Protector for himself. He is, for all intents and purposes, the de facto monarch during Eduardo’s childhood and adolescence. Without an iota of humor and ruthless, he is the complete opposite of his younger brother, Thomas.
Jamie Parker (“1917”, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Legacy”), as John Dudley, Somerset’s right-hand man on the Privy Council, his “solver”, his executor and his oldest friend. A family man who apparently represents the kindest face of the two, but then begins to reveal a much darker side.
Jamie Blackley (“Greed,” “If I Stay,” “The Last Kingdom”), as Robert Dudley. Firstborn and favorite son of John Dudley and friend of Elizabeth since childhood. Working as a groom for the King, he goes from being in love with the life of the Court to gradually realizing how dangerous the world in which he was born is.
Jacob Avery (“Adult Material,” The Third Day) as Guildford Dudley. Son of John Dudley and little brother of Robert, who despite also working for the King, remains the forgotten son of his father.
Alexandra Gilbreath (“Tulip Fever”, “Provoked Wife” and “Twelfth Night”) as Kat Ashley. The closest thing Elizabeth has to a mother since Anne Boleyn’s execution, when she was only two years old. Source of wise advice and also other more reckless, sometimes gossipy, Kat remains by Elizabeth’s side until she falls from grace and her service is no longer needed.
Leo Bill (“Rare Beasts, In Fabric,“ Taboo “) as Henry Gray. A member of the Council of England, Henry is related by marriage to the Tudor line and never misses an opportunity to remind everyone. His daughter Jane is next in the line of succession after Elizabeth and Maria, and Henry has a plan to bring her even closer.
Bella Ramsey (“Game of Thrones,” “The Last of Us,” Resistance) as Jane Gray. Lady Jane is taken under the wing of Catalinna and Thomas, as part of her and her father’s plan to marry her to the King. Young, serious, intelligent and Protestant, she has a clear sense of her own place in the world: as close to the throne as she can get, without sitting on the King’s lap. Although again …
Ekow Quartey (“This Way Up”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Shakespeare’s Globe) as Pedro. A Spanish black mercenary who sells his sword to the man (or woman) he considers most worthy of it. He respects and values his friendship with Somerset and Dudley, men he has encountered on the battlefield many times.
Alex Macqueen (“Sally4Ever”, “Peaky Blinders”, “The Thick of It”), as Steven Gardiner. A Catholic bishop who begins the series having been confined to the Tower because of his reluctance to accept England’s change to Protestantism. An astute politician dedicated to three things: Princess Mary, restoring the Catholic faith, and staying alive in the process.
Olivier Huband (“Mission Impossible: Fallout”, “A Discovery of Witches”), as Ambassador Guzmán. The arrogant and cunning Spanish ambassador, one of the pillars of Maria’s alternative court and the face of Maria’s allies abroad.
“Becoming Elizabeth” was created and written by award-winning television playwright and screenwriter Anya Reiss (“Spur of the Moment,” “The Acid Test”), who will executive produce alongside George Ormond (“National Treasure”, ” Great Expectations “) and George Faber (” Shameless “,” The White Queen “by STARZ) of The Forge, produced by Lisa Osborne (” Little Dorrit “,” Man in an Orange Shirt “).
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