Charlotte Hope (Game of Thrones) has been tapped to star in Starz’s The Spanish Princess, the third installment following The White Princess and The White Queen, based on Philippa Gregory’s bestselling books. Starz also rounded out the cast as production begins on the limited series.
The Spanish Princess, from All3 Media’s New Pictures and Playground, the latest chapter in the dynastic saga of Tudor England, is described as a powerful, epic story that not only returns the audience to the world of royal court intrigue as seen uniquely through the perspective of the women, but also sheds light on a previously untold corner of history – the lives of people of color, living and working in 16th century London.
Hope 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.
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).
Writers Emma Frost (The White Queen, The White Princess, The Man in the High Castle) and Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Electric Dreams, Dr. Who) serve 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.
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) from All3 Media’s New Pictures.
Hope is perhaps best known for her role as Myranda in HBO’s 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. Her other work includes Robert Zemeckis’ Allied, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, and Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, among others. Hope is repped by The Artists Partnership in the UK, CAA and Mosaic in the U.S.