‘The Spanish Princess’ Goes Into Production at Starz
Starz ramps up production on The Spanish Princess
This week Starz started production on the new limited series “The Spanish Princess,” which is the third installment following the Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated STARZ Original Miniseries “The White Queen” and the critically-acclaimed STARZ Original Limited Series “The White Princess.” Produced by Playground and All3 Media’s New Pictures, the Limited Series is drawn from the global best-selling novels, The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse, written by Philippa Gregory. Returning to the world of Tudor royal court intrigue, “The Spanish Princess” is a story told uniquely from the point of view of the women, which also sheds light on a previously untold corner of history: the lives of people of color, living and working in 16th century London.
Acclaimed writer Emma Frost returns (STARZ Originals “The White Queen,” and “The White Princess,” “The Man in the High Castle”), along with the award-winning writer Matthew Graham (“Life on Mars,” “Electric Dreams,” “Dr. Who”), both serving as showrunners and executive producers. The first two episodes will be directed by Birgitte Stærmose (“Norskov,” Darling), as one of an all-female directing line-up.
Charlotte Hope (“Game of Thrones,” Three Christs) has been cast in the titular role as Catherine of Aragon, alongside Stephanie Levi-John (“Top Boy,” “Youngers”) as her lady-in-waiting and confidante, Lina de Cardonnes. Hope is perhaps best known for her role as Myranda in the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” and she recently appeared on ITV’s popular series “Endeavor.” On the feature side, Hope can currently be seen in Jon Avnet’s Three Christs, co-starring alongside Richard Gere and Peter Dinklage which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Her other work includes Robert Zemeckis’ Allied, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, and Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, among others.
Promised in marriage to the future King of England Prince Arthur, played by Angus Imrie (“Hollow Crown,” “Kingdom”), Catherine is the source of curiosity, resentment and suspicion among her new family; the formidable Margaret Beaufort played by Dame Harriet Walter (“The Crown,” “Call the Midwife”), Laura Carmichael (“Downton Abbey,” “Marcella”) as Arthur’s guardian Margaret (“Maggie”) Pole, Ruairi O’Connor (“Delicious”) in the role of Arthur’s charismatic brother Prince Harry (who will become King Henry VIII), alongside his sister Margaret (“Meg”) Tudor played by Georgie Henley (The Narnia franchise, The Sisterhood of the Night) with Elliot Cowan (“Da Vinci’s Demons”) as King Henry Tudor and Alexandra Moen (“Fortitude,” “Dickensian”) as Queen Elizabeth. Philip Cumbus (“Girlfriends,” “The Importance of Being Earnest”) is Thomas Wolsey. When Prince Arthur dies shortly after their wedding, Catherine finds her future as Queen in question and at the mercy of a divided Tudor court under the threat of enemies both abroad and closer to home.
Also joining the cast are newcomer Nadia Parkes as Rosa, lady-in-waiting to Catherine; Aaron Cobham (“Cold Feet,” “Coronation Street”) as a young soldier of the Spanish court, Oviedo; Alan McKenna (“Save Me,” The Hitman’s Bodyguard) as Tudor noble Richard Pole; Richard Pepper (“The Same Sky”) as Thomas, Earl of Wiltshire; Olly Rix (“Of Kings and Prophets”) as Edward Stafford; and Jordan Renzo (“Class”) as Charlie Brandon. Daniel Cerqueira (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, “Doctor Foster”) plays De Fuensalida, ambassador to England and loyal servant of Spanish Queen Isabella, played by Alicia Borrachero (“Morocco: Love in Times of War”).
Executive producing with Frost and Graham are Colin Callender (“The White Queen,” “The Dresser,” “Wolf Hall”) and Scott Huff (“Howards End,” “The White Princess,” “The Missing”) from Playground and Charlie Pattinson (“The White Queen,” “Requiem,” “The Missing 1 & 2”) and Charlie Hampton (“Shameless,” “Wild at Heart,” and “Inspector George Gently“) from All3 Media’s New Pictures.