EXCLUSIVE– Jodie Comer, best known for her turn as the 22-year-old mistress/homewrecker in BBC’s ratings phenomenon Doctor Foster, has landed the plum title role in The White Princess, the sequel to the acclaimed historical TV drama The White Queen. The series will be a Starz production, which will air it in the U.S. (The White Queen was a BBC/Starz collaboration).
The White Princess is the latest installment of Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War novels, chronicling the long-running War of the Roses. That’s the internecine 15th century conflict for control of the throne of England, fought between supporters of rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet and the Houses of Lancaster and York. Not the 1989 divorce dramedy starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner.
The White Princess continues the story beyond The White Queen, following the beautiful eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville – the White Queen – the young princess Elizabeth. She faces a conflict of loyalties between the red rose and the white. Forced into marriage with Henry VII, she must reconcile her slowly growing love for him with her loyalty to the House of York, and choose between her mother’s rebellion and her husband’s tyranny. Then she has to meet the Pretender, whose claim denies the House of Tudor itself.
Comer most recently starred in Thirteen, the BBC Three/BBC America five-part drama about a young woman working her way back into society after being abducted. Comer played Ivy Moxham, who escaped from a cellar after thirteen years. The series explored how to pick up the threads of a life half-lived and how to survive as a family under great pressure.
Comer also established herself as one to watch with her performances in My Mad Fat Diary and most memorably in BBC One’s hugely successful series, Doctor Foster, where she was revealed to have been having a three-year-affair with the husband of her parents’ friend Doctor Foster, played by Suranne Jones. The series 1 finale drew in almost 10 million viewers in the UK.
Comer is in good company with The White Princess. Her mother, the White Queen, was played to much acclaim by Rebecca Ferguson, who has since established herself as a bona fine leading lady with scene-stealing turns opposite Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation and scoring parts in The Snowman opposite Michael Fassbender and Life opposite Ryan Reynolds.
Comer is repped by Independent Talent Group and ICM Partners.