The Starz original limited series “The Spanish Princess” will premiere on May 5th, the network confirmed the date this week for U.S. subscribers on both the network channel and the Starz app. Starz also released an official trailer; the new series is the third installment following the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated original miniseries “The White Queen” and the limited series “The White Princess.” The series is based on the global best-selling novels, The Constant Princess and The King’s Curse, written by Philippa Gregory.
“Catherine of Aragon has generally been depicted negatively, as an unwanted and burdensome wife, so this story of her early years as a strong, driven young woman and shrewd political player is a fresh and untold tale. We are also especially pleased to be able to bring into the light the inspiring story of people of color in early Tudor England,” said showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew Graham.
Returning to the world of Tudor royal court intrigue, “The Spanish Princess” is told 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.
In the story, Catherine of Aragon (Charlotte Hope) is the strong-willed young Princess of Spain, who has been promised the English throne since she was a child. She arrives in a grey, rain-lashed England with her court including her ladies-in-waiting Lina (Stephanie Levi-John) – a Spanish noble of African Iberian descent – and Rosa (Nadia Parkes). When her husband Prince Arthur dies suddenly, the throne seems lost to Catherine until she devises an audacious plan and sets her sights on the new heir, the charismatic and headstrong Prince Harry who will one day rule as King Henry VIII.
“The Spanish Princess” also stars Aaron Cobham (“Cold Feet,” Coronation Street”) as Spanish soldier Oviedo, Dame Harriet Walter (“The Crown,” “Call the Midwife”) as Margaret Beaufort, Laura Carmichael (“Downton Abbey,” “Marcella”) as Margaret ‘Maggie’ Pole, Ruairi O’Connor (“Delicious”) as Harry (who will become King Henry VIII), Elliot Cowan (“Da Vinci’s Demons”) as King Henry, Alan McKenna (“Save Me,” The Hitman’s Bodyguard) as Richard Pole, Angus Imrie (The Kid Who Would Be King, “Kingdom”) as Prince Arthur, Alexandra Moen (“Fortitude,” “Dickensian”) as Queen Elizabeth, and Georgie Henley (The Narnia franchise, The Sisterhood of the Night) as Margaret ‘Meg’ Tudor.
Emma Frost (“The White Queen” and “The White Princess,” “The Man in High Castle”) and Matthew Graham (“Life on Mars,” “Electric Dreams,” “Dr. Who”) serve as showrunners and executive producers.
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