Jodie Turner-Smith Will Play Anne Boleyn in a New Series About the Queen’s Downfall
Jodie Turner-Smith has just scored the lead role in a new series about Anne Boleyn.
Described by Variety, who reported the news, as a “a three-part psychological drama,” the new show is being made by Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, backed by ViacomCBS. Turner-Smith will costar alongside I May Destroy You‘s Paapa Essiedu in the series.
Boleyn was Henry VIII’s second wife, the Queen of England between 1533 and 1536, and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I. She was executed on May 19, 1536.
Turner-Smith revealed in a statement, “I am so excited to join these exciting filmmakers in bringing the story of one of history’s most controversial queens to the screen. Delving deeper into Anne Boleyn’s immense strengths while examining her fatal weaknesses and vulnerabilities, Eve [Hedderwick Turner]’s scripts immediately captured my imagination.”
The actress continued, “In the hands of Lynsey Miller, the legend of this formidable queen and fierce mother will be seen as a deeply human story that is still so relevant for today. I look forward to bringing my heart and spirit into this daring retelling of the fall of this iconic woman.”
The creative directors of Fable Pictures, Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell, told Variety, “Eve’s drama challenges all the conventions of who we think Anne Boleyn was and shines a feminist light on her story. We’re absolutely thrilled to have the magnetic Jodie Turner-Smith on board to encapsulate Anne’s determination to be an equal among men and to pave a path for her daughter. We feel that history has side-lined the voice of this ambitious queen in favour of the men who brought her down, and that Lynsey Miller’s beautiful, intimate vision will put Anne’s gaze at the heart of the piece.”
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