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Season One of The Tudors began in 2007. It chronicles the life of the infamous King of England, Henry VIII, and takes place in the sixteenth century- focusing on his relationship with his unpopular Chief Minister Cardinal Wolsey, his newfound romance with Anne Boleyn, and his desire to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in order to secure his dynasty.

Synopsis[]

One Chronicles the period of Henry VIII's reign in which his effectiveness as King is tested by international conflicts as well as political intrigue in his own court. Cardinal Wolsey plays a major part in the series, acting as Henry's trusted advisor.

In Episode 1, Wolsey persuades his King to keep the peace with France and the two Kings meet at Calais to agree a pact of friendship, while the pressure of fathering a male heir compels him to question his marriage to his Queen, Katherine of Aragon. He also has a string of affairs and, in Episode 2, fathers an illegitimate son with his mistress, Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount, who is also one of Queen Katherine's ladies-in waiting (the son, Henry FitzRoy, later dies).

Anne Boleyn catches Henry's eye — she has been attending the French court — and she is encouraged by her father and uncle to seduce the King, though she also falls in love with Henry as the season unfolds. Her shrewd refusal to his open invitation to become his mistress unless he will marry her pushes him to use Cardinal Wolsey to take action against the Queen, the King instructing his trusted advisor to get papal dispensation for his divorce on the grounds that his wife did indeed consummate her marriage to his brother, Arthur. In Episode 6, Wolsey's increasingly desperate efforts to persuade the Catholic Church to grant a royal divorce, primarily as a result of Emperor Charles V's influence over the Pope as Katherine's nephew, starts to weaken his position.

In Episode 7, the mysterious sweating sickness arrives in England, killing both the high-born and low-born, and Henry, who is terrified of catching the plague, secludes himself with his herbal medicines in the deep countryside away from court. Anne Boleyn contracts the illness but recovers. A papal envoy finally lands on English shores to decide on the annulment and, at the end of a specially convened session at which both Henry and Katherine are initially present, eventually decides in favor of Katherine. Cardinal Wolsey is stripped of his office, in Episode 9, and banished to York, where he pleads with the King to restore him to office. Sir Thomas More, Henry's devotedly loyal friend, is chosen as his successor.

In the final episode (Episode 10), Cardinal Wolsey makes one last desperate attempt to save himself by allying himself with his old enemy, Queen Katherine, but their plot is discovered and Wolsey kills himself during his internment in the Tower of London after saying a brief prayer apologizing for his sins, but asking no forgiveness for them.

Episodes[]

1.01 - In Cold Blood

1.02 - Simply Henry

1.03 - Wolsey, Wolsey, Wolsey!

1.04 - His Majesty, The King

1.05 - Arise, My Lord

1.06 - True Love

1.07 - Message to the Emperor

1.08 - Truth and Justice

1.09 - Look to God First

1.10 - The Death Of Wolsey

Cast[]

Jonathan Rhys Meyers - King Henry VIII

Sam Neil - Cardinal Wolsey

Natalie Dormer - Anne Boleyn

Henry Cavill - Charles Brandon

Maria Doyle Kennedy - Queen Catherine of Aragon

Nick Dunning - Lord Thomas Boleyn

Henry Czerny - Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk

Callum Blue - Sir Anthony Knivert

Jeremy Northam - Sir Thomas More

Gabrielle Anwar- Princess Margaret Tudor


James Frain - Thomas Cromwell

Jamie Thomas King - Thomas Wyatt

Anthony Brophy - Ambassador Chapuys

Padraic Delaney - George Boleyn

Bosco Hogan - Bishop John Fisher

Kris Holden-Ried - Sir William Compton

Steve Waddington - Duke of Buckingham

Character Deaths in Season One[]

Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham (Simply Henry)

Cardinal Wolsey (episode 1.10)

William Compton (episode 1.07)

Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond(episode 1.05)

Princess Margaret Tudor (episode 1.09)

King of Portugal (episode 1.04)

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Full Cast & Crew

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Jonathan Rhys Meyers ...  King Henry VIII38 episodes, 2007-2010 Henry Cavill Henry Cavill ...  Charles Brandon38 episodes, 2007-2010 Anthony Brophy Anthony Brophy ...  Ambassador Bishop Chapuys / ... 24 episodes, 2007-2010 James Frain James Frain ...  Thomas Cromwell24 episodes, 2007-2010 Sarah Bolger Sarah Bolger ...  Mary Tudor23 episodes, 2008-2010 Guy Carleton Guy Carleton ...  Chamberlain23 episodes, 2007-2010 Natalie Dormer Natalie Dormer ...  Anne Boleyn21 episodes, 2007-2010 Max Brown Max Brown ...  Edward Seymour21 episodes, 2008-2010 Nick Dunning Nick Dunning ...  Thomas Boleyn20 episodes, 2007-2008 Rod Hallett Rod Hallett ...  Richard Rich / ... 19 episodes, 2008-2010 Maria Doyle Kennedy Maria Doyle Kennedy ...  Queen Catherine of Aragon18 episodes, 2007-2010 Simon Ward Simon Ward ...  Bishop Gardiner17 episodes, 2009-2010 Pádraic Delaney Pádraic Delaney ...  George Boleyn14 episodes, 2007-2008 Jeremy Northam Jeremy Northam ...  Sir Thomas More15 episodes, 2007-2010 Emma Hamilton Emma Hamilton ...  Anne Stanhope15 episodes, 2009-2010 Jane Brennan Jane Brennan ...  Lady Margaret Bryan / ... 15 episodes, 2008-2010 Jamie Thomas King Jamie Thomas King ...  Thomas Wyatt14 episodes, 2007-2008 Joanne King Joanne King ...  Lady Rochford / ... 14 episodes, 2008-2010 Rebekah Wainwright Rebekah Wainwright ...  Catherine / ... 14 episodes, 2007-2009 Frank McCusker Frank McCusker ...  Risley13 episodes, 2009-2010 Andrew McNair Andrew McNair ...  Thomas Seymour13 episodes, 2009-2010 John Kavanagh John Kavanagh ...  Cardinal Campeggio11 episodes, 2007-2008 Myia Elliott Myia Elliott ...  Lady Anne Clifford2 episodes, 2007-2008 Sam Neill Sam Neill ...  Cardinal Thomas Wolsey10 episodes, 2007-2010 Callum Blue Callum Blue ...  Anthony Knivert10 episodes, 2007 Henry Czerny Henry Czerny ...  Norfolk10 episodes, 2007 Hans Matheson Hans Matheson ...  Thomas Cranmer10 episodes, 2008 David O'Hara David O'Hara ...  Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey9 episodes, 2010 David Alpay David Alpay ...  Mark Smeaton9 episodes, 2008 Joe Van Moyland Joe Van Moyland ...  Thomas Tallis9 episodes, 2007 Suzy Lawlor Suzy Lawlor ...  Anne Parr9 episodes, 2010 Bosco Hogan Bosco Hogan ...  Bishop Fisher / ... 9 episodes, 2007-2008 Maude Hirst Maude Hirst ...  Kat Ashley / ... 9 episodes, 2008-2010 Alan Van Sprang Alan Van Sprang ...  Sir Francis Bryan8 episodes, 2009 Laoise Murray Laoise Murray ...  Lady Elizabeth8 episodes, 2010 Torrance Coombs Torrance Coombs ...  Culpepper / ... 5 episodes, 2009-2010 Peter O'Toole Peter O'Toole ...  Pope Paul III7 episodes, 2008 Kris Holden-Ried Kris Holden-Ried ...  William Compton7 episodes, 2007 Declan Conlon Declan Conlon ...  Mendoza7 episodes, 2007-2009 Catherine Byrne Catherine Byrne ...  Alice More7 episodes, 2007-2008 Tamzin Merchant Tamzin Merchant ...  Catherine Howard6 episodes, 2009-2010 Gabrielle Anwar Gabrielle Anwar ...  Princess Margaret6 episodes, 2007 James Gilbert James Gilbert ...  William Brereton6 episodes, 2008 Perdita Weeks Perdita Weeks ...  Mary Boleyn6 episodes, 2007-2008 Laura Jane Laughlin Laura Jane Laughlin ...  Madge Sheldon / ... 6 episodes, 2008 Serena Brabazon Serena Brabazon ...  Nan Saville / ... 6 episodes, 2008 Dennis Quilligan Dennis Quilligan ...  Royal Surgeon / ... 6 episodes, 2009-2010 Eoin Murtagh Eoin Murtagh ...  Prince Edward6 episodes, 2010 Steve Wilson Steve Wilson ...  Tower Constable / ... 5 episodes, 2007-2009 Aisling Holian Aisling Holian ...  Catherine Parr's Lady in Waiting6 episodes, 2010 Lothaire Bluteau Lothaire Bluteau ...  Ambassador Charles de Marillac5 episodes, 2010 Annabelle Wallis Annabelle Wallis ...  Jane Seymour5 episodes, 2009-2010 Joss Stone Joss Stone ...  Anne of Cleves5 episodes, 2009-2010 Joely Richardson Joely Richardson ...  Catherine Parr5 episodes, 2010 Charlotte Salt Charlotte Salt ...  Lady Ursula Misseldon5 episodes, 2009 Mark Hildreth Mark Hildreth ...  Cardinal Reginald Pole5 episodes, 2009 Emmanuel Leconte Emmanuel Leconte ...  King Francis I5 episodes, 2007-2008 Peter Gaynor Peter Gaynor ...  Hans Holbein / ... 5 episodes, 2007-2010 Catherine Steadman Catherine Steadman ...  Joan Bulmer5 episodes, 2010 Gemma-Leah Devereux Gemma-Leah Devereux ...  Lady Fitzgerald5 episodes, 2010 Jonathan Ryan Jonathan Ryan ...  French Ambassador5 episodes, 2007-2009 David Wilmot David Wilmot ...  Sir Ralph Ellerker5 episodes, 2009-2010 Bláthnaid McKeown Bláthnaid McKeown ...  Princess Mary5 episodes, 2007 Eric Higgins Eric Higgins ...  Groom / ... 5 episodes, 2007 Selma Brook Selma Brook ...  Brigitte / ... 4 episodes, 2010 Anita Briem Anita Briem ...  Jane Seymour4 episodes, 2008 Fiona Ryan Fiona Ryan ...  Jane4 episodes, 2007 Max von Sydow Max von Sydow ...  Cardinal Von Waldburg4 episodes, 2009 Stephen Brennan Stephen Brennan ...  John Seymour4 episodes, 2008 Krystin Pellerin Krystin Pellerin ...  Lady Elizabeth Darrell4 episodes, 2008 Jason Healey Jason Healey ...  Henry's Groom / ... 4 episodes, 2008-2009 Philip O'Sullivan Philip O'Sullivan ...  Bishop Wanham / ... 4 episodes, 2007-2008 Gavin O'Connor Gavin O'Connor ...  Shrewsbury4 episodes, 2009 Stephen Hogan Stephen Hogan ...  Sir Henry Norris4 episodes, 2008 Rebecca Ryan Rebecca Ryan ...  Joan / ... 4 episodes, 2007 Alan Devine Alan Devine ...  Wolsey's Secretary4 episodes, 2007 Clive Geraghty Clive Geraghty ...  Dr. Linacre / ... 4 episodes, 2007-2008 Gordon Sterne Gordon Sterne ...  Bishop Tunstall4 episodes, 2007-2009 Phil Kingston Phil Kingston ...  Cromwell's servant / ... 4 episodes, 2008-2009 Charlie Bonner Charlie Bonner ...  Cromwell's Servant4 episodes, 2008 Tara Breathnach Tara Breathnach ...  Mary's Lady in Waiting / ... 4 episodes, 2010 Gerard McSorley Gerard McSorley ...  Robert Aske3 episodes, 2009 Ruta Gedmintas Ruta Gedmintas ...  Elizabeth Blount3 episodes, 2007 Matt Ryan Matt Ryan ...  Richard Pace3 episodes, 2007 David Browne David Browne ...  Brandon's son / ... 3 episodes, 2008-2009 Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ...  Lady Salisbury3 episodes, 2007-2009 Lorna Doyle Lorna Doyle ...  Joan3 episodes, 2007 Gabriella Wright Gabriella Wright ...  Queen Claude / ... 3 episodes, 2007 Michael Winder Michael Winder ...  Henry Brandon / ... 3 episodes, 2008-2010 Gemma Reeves Gemma Reeves ...  Margaret Moore / ... 3 episodes, 2008 Lenny Hayden Lenny Hayden ...  Surrey Friend #1 / ... 3 episodes, 2010 Martin Maguire Martin Maguire ...  Court Cryer / ... 3 episodes, 2007-2009 Liam McMahon Liam McMahon ...  Cromwell's Servant3 episodes, 2008-2009 David Keoghan David Keoghan ...  Surrey Friend #2 / ... 3 episodes, 2010 David Michael Scott David Michael Scott ...  'Imperial Majesty' / ... 3 episodes, 2008-2010 Donna Dent Donna Dent ...  Wife of Aske3 episodes, 2009 Claire Macaulay Claire Macaulay ...  Princess Elizabeth3 episodes, 2009 Patrick Gibson Patrick Gibson ...  Son of Aske3 episodes, 2009 Ciara Farrell Ciara Farrell ...  Daughter of Aske3 episodes, 2009 Colm Wilkinson Colm Wilkinson ...  Lord Darcey3 episodes, 2009-2010 Kevin Doyle Kevin Doyle ...  John Constable3 episodes, 2009 Allen Leech Allen Leech ...  Francis Dereham3 episodes, 2010 Alexander Downes Alexander Downes ...  Brandon's Soldier / ... 3 episodes, 2009-2010 Pat McGrath Pat McGrath ...  Torturer / ... 3 episodes, 2007-2010 Paul Brennen Paul Brennen ...  Edward Baynton3 episodes, 2010 Eoin Macken Eoin Macken ...  English Officer / ... 2 episodes, 2007-2010 Nigel Pilkington Nigel Pilkington ...  Various2 episodes, 2009 David Verne David Verne ...  Thomas le Roux3 episodes, 2009 Steven Waddington Steven Waddington ...  Duke of Buckingham2 episodes, 2007 James Flynn James Flynn ...  Ralph Morice2 episodes, 2010 Roger Ashton-Griffiths Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Sir John Hutton2 episodes, 2009 Jody Latham Jody Latham ...  Harry Hurst2 episodes, 2010
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Royal court intrigue, scandalous affairs, gorgeous costumes – The Tudors, about the British Isles’ 16th century royal family, had it all. The historical drama created by Showtime was well beloved by fans around the world. The show was centered around the latter 27 years of King Henry VIII’s reign. Particularly, the plot focused on the King’s numerous wives, and the circumstances that led to each of his six turbulent marriages. A point of history that has long fascinated even the most casual historian, audiences were able to watch as the very dramatic moments unfolded before their eyes… with some historic licence being taken by the show’s creators, of course. A show like this allows viewers to be simultaneously entertained and educated. From the infamous Anne Boleyn to the tragic Catherine Howard, they hold nothing back. Whether you are a fan of pieces in history, complex female roles, high stakes drama, or just amazing stories, this is a show that will have you glued to your screen the whole way through.



The Tudors would not have been as successful as it was without the extraordinary talent of its actors and actresses, a number of whom received various award nominations for their work on the show. While they may not look exactly like what historians imagined the original Tudor family and associates to have looked like, watching an episode or two these actors will make even the biggest of skeptics believe that they are those very figures brought to life.

The show ran its course through a four season run, during which time a number of actors lent their talents to many important characters. Due to the real King Henry VIII’s famously volatile nature during his reign, not every character was going to survive the entire duration of the series. But whether they were on for multiple seasons, or just for a few episodes, these actors are definitely worth keeping an eye on.

For some of the cast, The Tudors provided invaluable exposure for their careers, launching them to the next level. Being a largely British and Irish based cast, for many this was their first opportunity to reach a wider audience amongst the rest of the world. And reach them they did! So what happened to them once the show ended? What big and amazing things did your favorites go on to accomplish? Keep reading to find out what they’re up to now!

Sarah Bolger: Then

Joining the cast in the show’s second season, Sarah Bolger took up the mantle of young Mary Tudor, King Henry VIII’s eldest child. The character is one of the only female characters to survive long enough to have a recurring role over all four seasons. Bolger’s performance in The Tudors was critically acclaimed, leading her to win Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2010 Irish Film and Television Awards. She was also nominated in 2011 for the same category, but unfortunately didn’t bring home a win that year.

Sarah Bolger: Now

Since her time on The Tudors, Sarah Bolger has continued her acting career. In 2012 she joined the cast of Once Upon a Time in her role as Princess Aurora. Bolger showed off her range when she scored the lead role in the 2015 horror film, Emelie, playing a psychotic babysitter. Fans can also find Bolger on AMC’s action-adventure show, Into the Badlands, as the beautiful Jade. Today, be sure to catch her in the new scifi thriller series, Counterpart, as Anna Burton Silk, alongside Oscar winner J.K. Simmons.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Then

From the beginning of the show, Jonathan Rhys Meyers led the show as the iconic King Henry VIII. He played the role for the entire series, and was one of the few actors to be present in every single episode of all four seasons. Myers’ outstanding portrayal of the infamous king led to a number of nominations at the Golden Globes and in other arenas. He won in 2008 for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television at the Irish Film and Television Awards, and Outstanding Actor at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Now

Following his time on The Tudors, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has certainly stayed busy in the industry. In addition to a number of movie roles, he played Dracula in the 2013 series Dracula, and Tom Lea in the mini-series Roots. Today, fans can find him on TV playing Bishop Heahmund on the popular show, Vikings. In his personal life, Meyers got married to actress and producer Mara Lane. The happy couple celebrated the birth of their son, Wolf, in December 2016.

Tamzin Merchant: Then

Joining the cast in towards the end of the show’s third season, Tamzin Merchant’s character Catherine Howard played a major role in the show’s fourth and final season. She was King Henry VIII’s fifth wife, a flirtatious teenage girl whose affairs ultimately led to her downfall. The young beauty is eventually beheaded in a solemn scene that Merchant expertly plays, leaving her mark on the show. Even after the character’s death, the effects are felt throughout the rest of the season.

Tamzin Merchant: Now

After The Tudors, Tamzin Merchant continued to act in various small roles in movies and Television. In 2014 she was given a main role in the series Salem playing the part of Anne Hale. She has also had a recurring role as an alien in the show Supergirl. Fun fact: she almost played the now famous part of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, and had even filmed the pilot. Unfortunately for Merchant, she was replaced by Emilia Clarke, but has since then moved on to other projects.

Henry Cavill: Then

The only other character besides King Henry VIII to appear in every episode of the series, Henry Cavill played the King’s devilishly handsome best friend, Charles Brandon. Throughout the series he went through multiple wives and mistresses, and faithfully served his king…at least when he wasn’t out of favor with the court. Despite the character’s ups and downs, he was definitely a consistent fan favorite. Many credit the show with getting Cavill truly noticed in the industry, particularly amongst American viewers.

Henry Cavill: Now

The Tudors was undeniably Henry Cavill’s breakout role. Following the show’s end in 2010, he was cast to play Clark Kent/Superman in the comics film Man of Steel in 2013. Since then, he has reprised the role of Superman in the 2016 film Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and most recently in 2017’s Justice League movie. In the coming years, fans can expect to see him return to this role in both another solo Superman movie, and a second Justice League film.

Annabelle Wallis: Then

In the third season, Annabelle Wallis stepped in to take over the role of Jane Seymour after actress Anita Briem left the show. Seymour was famously known for being King Henry VIII’s third most beloved wife, as well as his only wife to give birth to a living son. While only on the show for five episodes, Wallis brought a sense of grace and innocence to the role. Even after her tragic death (due to postnatal complications), Wallis’ portrayal of Seymour remained a well-loved part of the series.

Annabelle Wallis: Now

Following her time on The Tudors, Annabelle Wallis continued her acting career, dazzling both British and American audiences. After a few small appearances on various films and shows, Wallis was given the recurring role of Grace Burgess on the popular British Drama, Peaky Blinders. In 2017 she entered the world of big budget Hollywood movies by landing a role in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. After, she premiered as the new lead actress in the actionpacked movie, The Mummy alongside actor Tom Cruise. Her star is definitely on the rise!

Joss Stone: Then

Entering the show towards the end of the season three, singer Joss Stone played the part of King Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. Stone’s debut on The Tudors was actually her first foray into Television acting. Her character Anne was famously known for being married to the King for the shortest amount of time of all his wives, so it’s understandable that she did not have as much screen time compared to some of the other wives. Either way, it was an exciting role for the rookie actress!

Joss Stone: Now

While she has not kept up as much with her acting career, Joss Stone has become a well known and successful singer and performer. Despite not appearing on screen, she has lent her voice and writing to a wide variety of films and TV shows. You can hear her on soundtracks like It’s Complicated, Valentine’s Day, Transparent, and Shameless. As of now she has also produced five albums, selling millions of copies in both the U.S. and the UK. She was even nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals, but sadly did not win.

Joely Richardson: Then

In season four, The Tudors’ final season, the audience was at last introduced to King Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife Catherine Parr, played by the lovely Joely Richardson. Being more mature than most of his previous wives, her relationship with the King was less scandalous than he had had with her former lovers. Ultimately, she remains as queen until the King’s death at the end of the series. Richardson brought poise and compassion to the role, helping bring the series to a satisfying and relatively calming conclusion that fans really appreciated.

Joely Richardson: Now

A film star since before she appeared on The Tudors, Joely Richardson, daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and sister of Natasha Richardson, has maintained a solid career after her time on the show. In 2011 she appeared as Anita Vanger in the major motion picture The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, alongside actors Daniel Craig and Christopher Plummer. Fans may also recognize her as Glinda from the fantasy series, Emerald City. Most recently, you can check her out in the new mystery thriller film, Red Sparrow where she appears with actress Jennifer Lawrence.

James Frain: Then

For three seasons of the The Tudors, James Frain played Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s most trusted and cunning advisor. Cromwell was known for his often harsh methods in carrying out the King’s religious reforms, which unfortunately is what led to his character’s downfall. The character was beheaded in the show’s third season, an emotional and difficult scene that was hard to forget thanks to Frain’s excellent performance. His portrayal of Cromwell left an impact that was reflected on numerous times after his death.

James Frain: Now

James Frain’s time on The Tudors only helped solidify his reputation for playing dark or sinister characters. After guest spots on a number of shows, Frain was given a role on the very popular True Blood series. In 2013, he returned to the world of the Tudor family in the mini-series The White Queen, where he played the role of Lord Warwick. He has also had significant roles on shows such as Grimm, Gotham, True Detective, and Orphan Black. Now you can see him on the new series Star Trek: Discovery.

Maria Doyle Kennedy: Then

Actress and singer, Maria Doyle Kennedy played Queen Catherine of Aragon, King Henry VIII’s first wife, and mother to his daughter, Mary Tudor. Kennedy’s character appeared in the first two seasons of the show, as well as the series finale. Her performance as Catherine was powerful and moving, allowing fans to feel sympathetic to her character’s poor treatment at the hands of the King. All of this led Kennedy to win a Gemini Award in 2008 for Best Performance in a Featured Supporting Role.

Maria Doyle Kennedy: Now

Between her music and her acting, Maria Doyle Kennedy has been a busy woman. On top of releasing her ninth studio album in September 2017, Kennedy has added a long list of hit shows to her résumé. This includes a season of Dexter, a few episodes of Downton Abbey, and her role as Siobhan Sadler in Orphan Black for five seasons. Today, you can find her in the new legal drama, Striking Out. And for those who miss Kennedy in a historical drama, look for her in the upcoming season of Outlander!

Natalie Dormer: Then

In 2007 Natalie Dormer was cast in the role of the notorious Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII second wife, whom she played until Boleyn’s death at the end of the show’s second season. Bringing beauty, grace, and a sharp intellect to the character, Dormer’s portrayal of Boleyn received high praise from critics across the board. As such, it was no surprise when in 2008, Dormer was nominated by the Monte-Carlo Television Festival for Outstanding Actress, and for Best Performance by an Actress at the Gemini Awards for her role.

Natalie Dormer: Now

Since her time on The Tudors, Natalie Dormer’s star has only continued to rise. Notably, she played Cressida in The Hunger Games franchise (for which she had to shave her head), and had a recurring role on the hit TV series Elementary. She is perhaps best known for her stand-out performance as the shrewd yet compassionate Margaery Tyrell in the wildly popular Game of Thrones series. In 2011, Dormer became engaged to Anthony Byrne, an Irish writer and director who she met while filming The Tudors in Ireland.

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The Tudors

Historical fiction television series

This article is about the television series. For the royal house, see House of Tudor.

The Tudors is a historical fiction television series set primarily in 16th-century England, created and written by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable television channel Showtime. The series was a collaboration among American, British, and Canadian producers, and was filmed mostly in Ireland. It is named after the Tudor dynasty as a whole, although it is based specifically upon the reign of King Henry VIII.[1][2]

The series was produced by Peace Arch Entertainment for Showtime in association with Reveille Productions, Working Title Television, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and was filmed in Ireland. The first two episodes debuted on DirecTV, Time Warner Cable OnDemand, Netflix, Verizon FiOS On Demand, Internet Movie Database and on the website of the series before the official premiere on Showtime. The Tudors premiered on 1 April 2007; it was the highest-rated Showtime series in three years.[3] In April 2007, the show was renewed for a second season,[3] and in that month the BBC announced it had acquired exclusive broadcast rights for the series in the United Kingdom, which it started to broadcast on 5 October 2007. The CBC began broadcasting the show on 2 October 2007.[4]

Season Two debuted on Showtime on 30 March 2008, and on BBC 2 on 1 August 2008. Production on Season Three began on 16 June 2008 in Bray, County Wicklow Ireland,[5][6] and that season premiered on Showtime on 5 April 2009, and debuted in Canada on CBC on 30 September 2009. The day after broadcast, downloadable episodes debuted in Canada on MoboVivo.[7]

Showtime announced 13 April 2009, that it had renewed the show for a fourth and final season. The network ordered 10 episodes that were first broadcast on 11 April 2010.[8][9] The series finale was broadcast on 20 June 2010. The final season was shown in Canada on CBC starting 22 September 2010, and ending on 23 November 2010.

International distribution rights are owned by Sony Pictures Television.

Synopsis[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see List of The Tudors episodes.

Season 1[edit]

Season 1 chronicles the period of Henry VIII's reign in which his effectiveness as king is tested by international conflicts and political intrigue in his own court. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey plays a major part, acting as Henry's trusted advisor.

In Episode 1, Wolsey persuades Henry to keep the peace with France, and the two kings meet at Calais to sign pact of friendship. The pressure of wanting a male heir compels Henry to question his marriage to Queen Catherine of Aragon.[10] He also has a string of affairs and fathers an illegitimate son in episode 2 with his mistress Elizabeth Blount, who is also one of Queen Katherine's ladies-in-waiting.

Anne Boleyn returns from attending the French court, and she catches Henry's eye. Her father and uncle encourage her to seduce the King, though she also falls in love with Henry as the season unfolds. She refuses to become his mistress but insists that he marry her, which pushes him to use Cardinal Wolsey to take action against the Queen. The King instructs him to get papal dispensation for his divorce, on the grounds that his wife did indeed consummate her marriage to his brother Arthur. In Episode 6, Wolsey makes increasingly desperate efforts to persuade the Catholic Church to grant a royal divorce, primarily as a result of Emperor Charles V's influence over the Pope as Katherine's nephew—but this starts to weaken his position.

In episode 7, the mysterious sweating sickness arrives in England, killing both the high-born and low-born, and Henry is terrified of catching it; he secludes himself in the countryside away from court with his herbal medicines. Anne Boleyn contracts the illness but recovers. A papal envoy arrives in England to decide on the annulment. The court convenes a special session at which both Henry and Katherine initially are present, and it eventually decides in favor of Katherine. Cardinal Wolsey is stripped of his office in episode 9 and banished to York, where he pleads with the King to restore him to office. Henry chooses his loyal friend Sir Thomas More as Wolsey's successor.

In the final episode, Wolsey makes one last desperate attempt to save himself by allying himself with his former enemy Queen Katherine, but their plot is discovered and Wolsey kills himself during his internment in the Tower of London after saying a brief prayer apologising for his sins.

Season 2[edit]

Henry will do whatever it takes to marry Anne Boleyn, even defying Pope Paul III. He prepares to take Anne on a royal visit to France, having demanded loyalty from the English clergy. The papacy in Rome organises an assassination plot against Anne but the assassins' attempts fail.

In Episode 3 the newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury annuls Henry's marriage, clearing the way for Henry to marry a by now pregnant Anne, which also increases the growing rift between England and Rome. Bishop Fisher refuses to recognise the validity of Henry's marriage — after Henry issues a decree ordering all his subjects to recognise their new Queen — and is finally joined by Sir Thomas More, who is granted permission by Henry to retire from his public office. In Episode 5, Fisher and More's refusal to sign an oath of allegiance recognising Henry's supreme authority as head of the English church eventually leads to their executions.

In Episode 6, Thomas Cromwell, who has assumed More's office as Chancellor of England, announces his plans to cleanse England of dissenters to the New Monarchy. Also, England's relationship with France is complicated by King Francis's refusal to unite their kingdoms in marriage, thus causing Henry to question his decision to have married Anne. Episode 7 sees an increasingly ill and disillusioned Katherine who has been forbidden to see her daughter, Lady Mary, and Cromwell has legislation approved by Parliament agreeing to the dissolution of first the smaller and then the larger abbeys and monasteries.

In Episode 8, Henry has Cromwell initiate overtures to the Emperor to make peace with Rome as a bulwark against a hostile France, and the King starts to pay court to Lady Jane Seymour after Anne's two miscarriages following the birth of Princess Elizabeth. It is his long-time friend, Charles Brandon who, with Cromwell, eventually alerts Henry to Anne's apparent indiscretions and her fate is sealed. She is conducted to the Tower of London and her four supposed lovers, one of whom is her own brother, are executed followed eventually by her own — delayed by some hours as a result of the French executioner's late arrival from Calais. Her devious father, who shows little remorse at the death of his son and Anne's impending death, is allowed to go free but banished from court and is shown leaving the Tower without even acknowledging his daughter waving from her cell window.

On the morning of his Queen's execution, Henry enjoys a lavish breakfast, symbolically consisting of the mate of a swan he has seen outside his window, as he looks forward to a new start and heirs with Lady Jane Seymour.

Season 3[edit]

The third season focuses on Henry's marriages to Jane Seymour and Anne of Cleves, the birth of his son Prince Edward, his ruthless suppression of the Pilgrimage of Grace, the downfall of Thomas Cromwell, and the beginnings of Henry's relationship with the free-spirited Catherine Howard.

Henry marries his third wife but his honeymoon period is soon spoilt by a growing resentment against the Reformation in the north and east of England. The growing band of rebels disperses in Lincolnshire but gathers strength in Yorkshire, primarily because of its able leaders such as Robert Aske and Lord Darcy. The royal troops, commanded by the Duke of Suffolk, are severely outnumbered and are forced to parley, whilst on the Continent the papacy sends a newly appointed English cardinal to persuade the Spanish and French monarchs to support the English rebellion, deemed the Pilgrimage of Grace by its followers as their objective is to restore the old Catholic religious practices.

In Episode 3 Henry is determined to stop at nothing to suppress the revolt, his fears stirred by remembrances of the Cornish uprising during his father's reign. He deceitfully persuades the rebel leaders to lay down their arms and disperse their followers, promising to hold a Parliament in York to answer all their grievances, which is never convoked. A second uprising is savagely suppressed and the leaders executed as Henry, via Cromwell, instructs Suffolk to shed quantities of blood to act as an example. Jane Seymour goes into labor and produces a baby boy, but she dies soon after as a result of her protracted labors. In Episode 5, Henry retires from public view, bereft by the loss of his Queen, but finally emerges: his first act is to get the church leaders to agree on a new Protestant doctrine, one that threatens to undermine Cromwell's Reformation.

In the ensuing episodes, the King has the last remaining Plantagenet heirs, the Pole family, put to death (mother, son and grandson) as a result of Cardinal Reginald Pole's actions to undermine his rule. This creates a schism with Spain and France and, upon Cromwell's urging, Henry agrees to an alliance with the Protestant League by marrying Anne of Cleves after first dispatching the English Ambassador to Holland to negotiate terms, followed by Hans Holbein to paint her likeness. However, Cromwell's plans to bolster the Reformation are undone by Henry's dislike for Anne, whom he calls a 'Flanders mare'. He is unable to consummate his marriage and vents his frustration on his Lord Privy Seal, which is encouraged by the Duke of Suffolk in league with Edward Seymour, as both want Cromwell removed from office. With his enemies encircling him, Cromwell pleads with Anne of Cleves to submit herself to her husband, but she is powerless to deflect King Henry's antipathy towards her. Finally, Cromwell is dragged off to the Tower after being accused of being a traitor by the King's Council and, despite writing a letter begging his master's forgiveness, is gruesomely beheaded by a drunken executioner.

In the meantime, Sir Francis Bryan is instructed by the Duke of Suffolk to find a woman to rekindle Henry's jaded love interest, and the beautiful and very young Catherine Howard, a distant relation of the Duke of Norfolk, is introduced at court and, catching the King's interest, he beds her in secret and a new romance begins.

Season 4[edit]

The fourth and final season covers Henry's ill-fated marriage to Catherine Howard and his final, more congenial, marriage to Catherine Parr. The ageing King seeks military glory by capturing Boulogne, France. In his final hours, he is troubled by the ghosts of his dead wives.[11]

Henry marries 17 year old Catherine Howard, and, besotted by her beauty, calling her "his rose without a thorn", feels rejuvenated. Catherine starts to dally with the King's groom, Thomas Culpepper, and is encouraged by her senior lady-in-waiting, Lady Rochford — Henry's sister-in-law — who is also being bedded by Culpepper. In Episode 2, Henry invites his former wife, Anne of Cleves, to court to celebrate Christmas as he wants to reward her for keeping her word to him and for her loyalty. She, in turn, is grateful for the charity he has shown towards her. After the festivities, he is struck down once again by his leg wound — from his former jousting days — while Catherine is with Culpepper.

Feeling the need for company, Henry visits Anne of Cleves and has a liaison with her. He and Catherine embark on the royal Passage to the North to forgive the former rebels, accompanied by the Princess Mary who is popular with the King's northern subjects. It is during this period that Catherine and Culpepper consummate their relationship and Catherine is truly in love with him. In Episode 4, Henry makes friendly overtures to the French Ambassador, hoping to prevent an invasion, and Francis Dereham, Catherine's former lover when they both resided with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, arrives at court and blackmails the Queen into making him her private secretary. Some weeks later Henry receives a secret letter about their prior sexual exploits.

In Episode 5 the King grants permission to the Earl of Hertford to investigate the Queen's infidelity. He plans to pardon her but is then informed by his Council of her affair with Culpepper — revealed by Dereham under torture — and he has all three executed, along with Lady Rochford who has gone mad in the Tower. On the scaffold, Catherine states that, although Queen of England, she would have preferred to have been Thomas Culpepper's wife. In Episode 6, Henry is courted by both Spain and Rome to form a military alliance against the French, who have allied with the Turks, and he is persuaded to form an alliance with the Emperor and invade France. Thomas Seymour introduces Catherine Parr at court and she catches the King's eye, even though married. Henry pursues her and sends Seymour over to Belgium to remove him as a love rival.

Military preparations are made and English troops lay siege to Boulogne, bombarding it with cannon as an Italian engineer digs a tunnel to blow up the castle. Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk, captures a French father and daughter and falls in love with the daughter Brigitte. At home, Catherine Parr is acting as Regent in Henry's absence and uses her power to further the Protestant cause but is checked by Bishop Gardiner and his Catholic faction, supported by the Princess Mary. In Episode 8, the castle of Boulogne is overcome and the keys to the city handed over to Henry by the French mayor. Henry returns to court in triumph, leaving the Earl of Surrey in charge of the new possession.

At home, Henry is disturbed by the struggle between the Catholic and Protestant factions and Catherine alienates him through her support of the Reformation. Bishop Gardiner continues his campaign against heretics and gathers enough evidence to persuade the King to issue an arrest warrant against the Queen for heresy. In the meantime, Henry Howard, now Lieutenant General Surrey, loses a disastrous battle at Boulogne and, in an attempt to usurp power away from the new men like the Seymours and Richard Rich, he is arrested and tried for treason and executed, despite the paucity of evidence against him.

In Episode 10 an increasingly frail Henry is facing his own mortality. His mind is on the succession and he appoints Edward Seymour, the Earl of Hertford, to be Lord Protector until Prince Edward reaches his maturity. Catherine, knowing the mortal danger she is in, orders her ladies-in-waiting to destroy all their heretical books and no longer to discuss religious matters; she also submits herself to her husband and he pardons her. Charles Brandon, the King's most trustworthy friend and loyal servant, is reunited with Henry for one final meeting before he dies. As the end approaches, the ghosts of Henry's first three wives confront him over their ends and his treatment of their children. Henry orders his family to spend their Christmas at Greenwich, bidding them his final farewell and instructing the Princesses Mary and Elizabeth to care for their brother. The final scene has him approving the portrait painted for him by Hans Holbein, depicting him as a virile, youthful King.

Cast[edit]

Main article: List of The Tudors characters

Role Actor Seasons
The King
Henry VIII of EnglandJonathan Rhys Meyers1–4
The Queens
Katherine of Aragon[10]Maria Doyle Kennedy1–2, 4 (Dream sequence)
Anne BoleynNatalie Dormer1–2, 4 (Dream sequence)
Jane SeymourAnita Briem2
Annabelle Wallis3, 4 (Dream sequence)
Anne of ClevesJoss Stone3–4
Catherine Howard[12]Tamzin Merchant3–4
Catherine ParrJoely Richardson4
The King's Children
Princess Mary, daughter by Catherine of Aragon
Bláthnaid McKeown 1
Sarah Bolger2–4
Princess Elizabeth, daughter by Anne Boleyn Kate Duggan 2
Claire MacCauley 3
Laoise Murray 4
Prince Edward, son by Jane Seymour Eoin Murtagh 4
Jake Hathaway 4
Henry FitzRoy, illegitimate son by Elizabeth Blount Zak Jenciragic 1
The King's Court
Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of SuffolkHenry Cavill1–4
Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of EssexJames Frain1–3
Sir Thomas MoreJeremy Northam1–2
Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of SouthamptonFrank McCusker 3–4
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of NorfolkHenry Czerny1
Lady Elizabeth BlountRuta Gedmintas1
Sir Anthony KnivertCallum Blue1
Sir William ComptonKristen Holden-Ried1
Thomas TallisJoe Van Moyland1
Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of BuckinghamSteven Waddington1
Thomas WyattJamie Thomas King1–2
Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of WiltshireNick Dunning1–2
Mary BoleynPerdita Weeks1–2
George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount RochfordPadraic Delaney1–2
Jane Boleyn, Viscountess RochfordJoanne King2–4
Lady Margaret SheldonLaura Jane Laughlin 2
Mark SmeatonDavid Alpay2
William BreretonJames Gilbert2
Edward Seymour, Earl of HertfordMax Brown2–4
Anne Seymour, Countess of HertfordEmma Hamilton3–4
Thomas SeymourAndrew McNair3–4
Sir Richard RichRod Hallett 2–4
Sir Francis BryanAlan van Sprang3
George Talbot, 4th Earl of ShrewsburyGavin O'Connor3
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey[13]David O'Hara4
Joan BulmerCatherine Steadman4
Sir Thomas CulpeperTorrance Coombs4
Francis DerehamAllen Leech4
Hans Holbein the YoungerPeter Gaynor 1–4
Holy Roman AmbassadorEustace ChapuysAnthony Brophy 1–4
French Ambassador Charles de MarillacLothaire Bluteau4
Sir Henry NorrisStephen Hogan2
Clergy
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of YorkSam Neill1
Cardinal CampeggioJohn Kavanagh1–2
John Fisher, Bishop of RochesterBosco Hogan1–2
Pope Clement VIIIan McElhinney1
Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of CanterburyHans Matheson2
Pope Paul IIIPeter O'Toole2
CardinalOtto Truchsess von WaldburgMax von Sydow3
Cardinal Reginald PoleMark Hildreth3
Bishop Stephen GardinerSimon Ward3–4
Other
Margaret Tudor,[14] sister of Henry VIII of England Gabrielle Anwar1
Francis I of FranceEmmanuel Leconte1–2
Charles V, Holy Roman EmperorSebastian Armesto1
Catherine Brandon, Duchess of SuffolkRebekah Wainwright 1–4
Margaret Pole, Countess of SalisburyKate O'Toole1, 3
Margaret, Lady BryanJane Brennan2–4
Philip, Duke of BavariaColin O'Donoghue3
William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, Brother to Anne of Cleves Paul Ronan3
Robert AskeGerard McSorley3
Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy de DarcyColm Wilkinson3–4

Episodes[edit]

Main article: List of The Tudors episodes

Departures from history[edit]

Many events in the series differ from events as they actually happened in history. The series takes liberties with character names, relationships, historical costume, physical appearance, and the timing of events.[1] As creator Hirst said, "Showtime commissioned me to write an entertainment, a soap opera, and not history. … And we wanted people to watch it."[2] He added that some changes were made for production considerations and some to avoid viewer confusion, so "any confusion created by the changes is outweighed by the interest the series may inspire in the period and its figures."[2]

General[edit]

  • Time is compressed in the series, giving the impression that things happened closer together than they actually did. King Henry VIII was already in his mid- to late-30s by the time covered in the series. Catherine of Aragon had auburn hair and fair skin, much like her daughter Mary, and she was only six years older than Henry; he was approximately 10 years older than Anne Boleyn.[2] Anne was recalled to Henry's court from France three years after her sister Mary Boleyn, not simultaneously, and Henry did not begin to court her until 1526. There was a period of seven years from Henry's infatuation with Anne until her coronation and his break from the Roman Catholic church. In the series, the timeline from introduction to marriage seems to take little more than a year. The assassination attempt on Anne during her coronation procession was a completely fictional event, invented by Hirst "to illustrate how much the English people hated her".[2]
  • Many characters were introduced to the series only when they would produce the most drama or when they become prominent in the story arc for some reason. In reality, Jane Seymour is believed to have become a lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon around 1527; Anne Boleyn had been serving Catherine in the same capacity for five years at that point, which means that they were at court at the same time. Catherine Howard was lady-in-waiting to Anne of Cleves, and Henry's pursuit of her began during that time rather than after the end of his fourth marriage, as is shown in the series. Sir Francis Bryan is featured in the series only during Season 3, but he actually became a member of Henry's Privy chamber sometime between the king's ascent and 1519. He was instrumental in the machinations behind Anne's downfall, earning him the sobriquet "The Vicar of Hell". The Earl of Surrey was present in the court during the tenure of his cousin Anne Boleyn, but the series portrays him as coming back to England around the time that Jane Seymour became Queen.

First season[edit]

  • Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died of an illness in Leicester in 1530 while en route to London to answer charges of treason. The series implies that this report of illness is part of a cover-up by Henry and Thomas Cromwell to prevent anyone from knowing that the cardinal had committed suicide.[2]
  • The Duke of Norfolk does not appear after season one of the series, implying that he retired. In reality, he played important roles in both the purge of the Boleyns and the suppression of the Pilgrimage of Grace, deeds fulfilled by Charles Brandon in the show.
  • Henry's sister is called "Princess Margaret" in the series, but she is actually a composite of his two sisters, the life of his younger sister Princess Mary Tudor coupled with the name of his older sister Margaret Tudor. This was done to avoid confusion with Henry's daughter Mary I of England.[2][15]
  • Early in the series, Henry VIII is also styled as King of Ireland, a title which he did not use until his break from the Roman Catholic Church. Until that point, he was only Lord of Ireland.[citation needed]
  • Louis XII has already died as the series begins, and Henry is already negotiating a peace treaty with Francis. The show's Princess Margaret thus marries a fictional, elderly Portuguese king who lives only a few days until she smothers him in his sleep.[2][16] This composite character and her story technically eliminates the children who led to Mary, Queen of Scots and Lady Jane Grey.
  • The king's illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy is born near the beginning of the series and dies at a young age from the sweating sickness. In fact, he lived until 1536, long enough to marry Mary FitzRoy, Duchess of Richmond and Somerset and to witness Anne Boleyn's execution.
  • Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor is given a Spanish accent when dealing with the king of England, when in fact he was Flemish-born (though his mother Joanna of Castile was Spanish, and he was King of Spain (Castile and Aragon) as well as being Holy Roman Emperor).[citation needed]
  • Sir Thomas More is seen ordering and attending the death of Simon Fish by burning at the stake. However, Simon Fish died in prison of bubonic plague.

Second season[edit]

  • Imperial Ambassador Eustace Chapuys has a Spanish accent, but the historical Chapuys was a native of Savoy and his mother tongue was French.
  • Chapuys is also treated somewhat anachronistically for dramatic effect. He was a replacement for Íñigo López de Mendoza y Zúñiga, but this transition occurred earlier than in the show. Mary is told of his "death in Spain", but Chapuys died in Belgium well into Mary's reign, outliving Henry by a number of years.
  • During the trial of Anne Boleyn, the series depicts George Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, and William Brereton being executed as co-conspirators. Francis Weston is omitted.
  • Paul III is depicted as suggesting that a character should join the Jesuits (milites Christi) and carry out the assassination of Anne Boleyn. Anne was crowned in 1533, and the first band of Jesuits did not assemble until 1534. Paul III remarks in the episode that he had approved their company, but he did not do so until 1540.

Third season[edit]

  • The Countess of Salisbury (Princess Mary's governess) was executed during Catherine Howard's time as Queen-consort. In the series, however, she and her son, Lord Montagu are executed before Henry meets Anne of Cleves.
  • The court of Cleves shows not the coat of arms of the United Duchies of Jülich-Cleves-Berg but of the Kingdom of Prussia of the 18th century.
  • At the welcoming reception for Anne of Cleves, Henry introduces his daughters as "Princess." As both Mary and Elizabeth were still considered by Henry to be illegitimate, he would never have accorded them such a title, as it would in effect be declaring them legitimate. Neither Mary nor Elizabeth ever regained the title of Princess, and continued to be known as "Lady" until they each in turn succeeded to the throne.

Fourth season[edit]

  • The incident of rape/murder, which marks the introduction of Sir Thomas Culpeper in the series, was a real event, but it took place in 1539, a full year before Catherine Howard's marriage to Henry and nearly two prior to the beginnings of their affair. In reality, Culpeper was a favorite of Henry's at court and a knight of the realm, having served as a courtier for other nobility as early as 1535. He was a member of Henry's Privy chamber by 1540, when he was a member of the envoy that greeted Anne of Cleves, when she arrived in England to marry Henry.
  • After the annulment of his marriage with Anne of Cleves, it was only rumored that they had an affair: there is no evidence of this and it seems likely that Anne remained a virgin until her death. Anne is portrayed as being extremely popular, with just about everyone preferring her to Catherine Howard. Although it is true that both Mary and Elizabeth remained close to Anne and seem to have preferred her company to Catherine's, Anne was a rather neutral figure, who inspired no great affection from either courtiers or commoners.
  • Catherine Howard was referred to as a "distant relation" of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk in the series. In reality, he was her uncle, just as he was to Anne Boleyn, who was Catherine's first cousin; Norfolk helped orchestrate both marriages. Contrary to the series' portrayal of the household of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk as a shelter for distantly related "aristocratic bastards" and the resulting implication that Catherine Howard was an illegitimate child, in real life the Dowager Duchess was Catherine's step-grandmother, wife of Catherine's deceased grandfather the 2nd Duke of Norfolk, and Catherine was born to one of the 2nd Duke's many sons in lawful wedlock – she was sent to live in the household because her father was impoverished and recently widowed. Norfolk is also barely mentioned with regards to Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, being called a mere kinsman to him, when in actuality Surrey was the Duke's eldest son and heir.
  • By the time he married Catherine Howard, the real Henry was middle-aged (49) and obese, not a svelte, still relatively healthy man as portrayed on the show. This is perhaps quite relevant to appreciating historical context since Catherine's affair with Sir Thomas Culpeper and her declaration of true love to him on the block would sit better with a 17-year-old girl trapped in a marriage to a much older and obese king.
  • A few liberties are taken with Catherine Parr as well. Parr is portrayed as meeting Henry while her husband, Lord Latimer, is still alive and she was a casual acquaintance of Mary's. In fact, she came to court only after his death, using her status as Catherine of Aragon's goddaughter to secure a place in Mary's household. Further, Mary is shown to be openly hostile towards Catherine Parr after discovering her Protestant views. In fact, Mary got on rather well with Parr and did not fall out with Catherine until after Henry's death. Even then, her hostility had little to do with religion: she was angered when the dowager Queen married Thomas Seymour so soon after Henry's death.
  • Also, in season 4 during the execution of Lady Rochford and Catherine Howard, it is depicted in the series that Rochford was beheaded first. In fact this was the other way round and although Rochford appears to weep on the block, many accounts have praised both her and Catherine for their alleged bravery in the face of death. Though Rochford had suffered a nervous breakdown during her pre-execution imprisonment, the series exaggerates her mental instability just prior to her death. In reality, one eyewitness, a merchant named Ottwell Johnson, wrote that both Lady Rochford's and Catherine Howard's souls must be with God, for they made the most godly and Christian end.
  • Catherine Parr was only four years older than Mary I and Mary was seventeen, when her younger sister Elizabeth was born. The series portrays Mary as much younger: barely an adolescent at the time of Elizabeth's birth and at least a decade younger than Catherine Parr. Also, Catherine Parr was a member of Mary's household at the time of Lord Latimer's death. Elizabeth, on the other hand, is depicted as being much older, with the series portraying her as a teenager, when Henry married Catherine Howard. Historically, she was six years old at the time. Although Laoise Murray does indeed bear resemblance to the historical Elizabeth, being pale-skinned and copper-haired, she looks nothing like the dark-haired Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (Henry VIII); historically, Elizabeth was the spitting image of her father, although she had her mother's eyes.
  • Historians debate that Anne Askew was never given the mercy of a quick death through a sack of gunpowder tied to her neck. Witnesses say it took up to 15 minutes for her to die. Other details are accurate as her joints had been dislocated on the rack by the torturers depicted in the episode and she had to be brought to her execution, tied to a chair, removed in considerable agony to be tied to a seat on the stake. Other historians however support claims that Anne was given mercy through gunpowder death, but not through the direct work of Katherine Parr.[17]
  • In the last episode of the final series, Henry commissions Hans Holbein the Younger to paint his portrait, and the final result is shown shortly before his death. However, the portrait depicted was actually painted almost a decade before his death, in 1536. Holbein, in fact, had pre-deceased Henry by several years, dying in 1543.

Reception[edit]

The premiere of The Tudors on 1 April 2007, was the highest-rated Showtime series debut in three years.[3] On 23 March 2008, The New York Times called The Tudors a "primitively sensual period drama ... [that] critics could take or leave, but many viewers are eating up."[2] A 28 March 2008 review, also by the New York Times, reported that "despite the scorching authenticity of some performances," in particular the "star-making, breakout performance of Natalie Dormer as the defiant, courageous proto-feminist martyr Anne Boleyn" the series "fails to live up to the great long-form dramas cable television has produced" largely because "it radically reduces the era's thematic conflicts to simplistic struggles over personal and erotic power."[1] According to the ratings site Metacritic, the show had 64% favourable reviews for the first season, 68% for the second season, 74% for the third season, and 63% for the fourth.

Ratings[edit]

In the United States, the first-season premiere drew almost 870,000 viewers. The premiere earned a combined one million views online and via cable affiliates.[22]

Media releases[edit]

An original soundtrack for each season, composed by Trevor Morris, has been released by Varèse Sarabande.

SeasonRelease DateCatalog Number
Season One12 November 2007302 066 867 2
Season Two14 April 2009302 066 959 2
Season Three24 August 2010302 067 039 2
Season Four10 December 2010302 067 049 2

Awards and nominations[edit]

The Tudors was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series in 2007. Jonathan Rhys Meyers was also nominated for the Best Actor in a Television Drama Golden Globe for his role.[39]

The series was nominated for eight Irish Film and Television Awards in 2008 and won seven, including Best Drama Series, acting awards for Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Lead Actor), Nick Dunning (Supporting Actor) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Supporting Actress), and craft awards for Costume Design, Production Design and Hair/Makeup.[40]Brian Kirk was also nominated for Directing, but lost to Lenny Abrahamson of Prosperity. The series won the 2007 59th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Costumes for a Series and Outstanding Main Title Theme Music. Later the series won six awards at the Irish Film and Television Awards in 2009 including Drama Series, Director, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.[41] In 2010 it was nominated for seven Irish Film and Television Awards, winning one in the category Best Supporting Actress in Television (Sarah Bolger).[42]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ abcBellafante, Ginia. "Nasty, but Not So Brutish and Short." The New York Times. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  2. ^ abcdefghiGates, Anita. "The Royal Life (Some Facts Altered)." The New York Times. 23 March 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2008.
  3. ^ abc"Showtime's Tudors continues reign." Variety. 12 April 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  4. ^"A slightly neutered Tudors." The Toronto Star. 28 September 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  5. ^"Peace Arch(R) Entertainment Announces Renewal of Hit Series The Tudors." Money.CNN.comArchived 2 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine 24 April 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  6. ^"Showtime Orders Season Three of The Tudors." The New York Times. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  7. ^United States (5 May 2009). "MoboVivo Licenses Hollywood Hit Show, The Tudors". Techvibes.com. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  8. ^"Showtime renews – and ends – The Tudors". The Live Feed. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
  9. ^"Showtime Picks Up Fourth And Final Season Of The Tudors". BroadcastingCable.com. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
  10. ^ abAs established by the series credits and character list on the official website, the show spells the character's name with a "K".
  11. ^"Showtime's Acclaimed Drama Series The Tudors Gets 4th Season Pick-up to End the Saga of Henry VIII". Sho.com. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  12. ^"The Tudors: Season 3, Episode 8". Sho.com. Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  13. ^Courtney O. (17 June 2009). "David O'Hara Set for The Tudors". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  14. ^The character of Henry's sister, called "Princess Margaret" in the series, is actually a composite of his two sisters: the life events of his younger sister, Princess Mary Tudor, coupled with the name of his elder sister, Margaret Tudor. This was reportedly done to avoid confusion with Henry's daughter, Mary I of England.
  15. ^Stanley, Alessandra. "Renaissance Romping With Henry and His Rat Pack." The New York Times. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2008.
  16. ^There is no historical evidence that Henry's sister Mary Tudor contributed to the death of Louis XII.
  17. ^Weir, Alison (1991). The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Grove Press. pp. 517–518. ISBN .
  18. ^"The Tudors: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  19. ^"The Tudors: Season 2". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  20. ^"The Tudors: Season 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  21. ^"The Tudors: Season 4". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  22. ^'Tudors’ Reign In Premiere On Showtime Multichannel News, 6 April 2007
  23. ^"The Tudors: The Complete First Season". Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  24. ^"The Tudors: Complete BBC Series 1". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  25. ^"The Tudors: Complete Third Series". ezydvd.com.au. 19 March 2008. Archived from the original on 22 October 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  26. ^"The Tudors: Complete BBC Series 1 (Limited Edition 'Headless' Sleeve)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  27. ^"The Tudors: Complete BBC Series 1 (Blu-ray)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  28. ^The Tudors: The Complete Second Season – Futureshop.ca
  29. ^"The Tudors DVD news: Delay for The Tudors – The Complete 2nd Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. 25 May 2007. Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  30. ^"The Tudors: Complete BBC Series 2". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  31. ^"The Tudors: Complete Third Series". ezydvd.com.au. 7 July 2009. Archived from the original on 22 October 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  32. ^"The Tudors: Complete BBC Series 2 (Blu-ray)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  33. ^"The Tudors: The Complete Third Season". TVShowsOnDVD. Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  34. ^"The Tudors Season 3 DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  35. ^"The Tudors: Complete Third Series". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  36. ^"The Tudors: Complete Third Series". ezydvd.com.au. 23 November 2009. Archived from the original on 16 December 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  37. ^"The Tudors: The Complete Fourth Season". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  38. ^"Tudors, The – The Complete 4th Season: The Final Seduction (3 Disc Set)". Ezydvd.com.au. 24 November 2010. Archived from the original on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  39. ^"Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2008 Golden Globe Awards For The Year Ended 31 December 2007". HFPA. 2007. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 13 December 2007.
  40. ^The Irish Film & Television Awards: 2008 Winners – IFTA.ie Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  41. ^The Irish Film & Television Awards: 2009 Winners – IFTA.ie Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  42. ^The Irish Film & Television Awards: 2010 Winners – IFTA.ie Retrieved 16 March 2014.

References[edit]

  • Burr, Oliver. The Secret Life of Henry VIII. Edinburgh University Press, Scotland, 1996.
  • Davies, Norman. The Isles: A History. Oxford University Press, USA, 2001.
  • Ives, Eric. The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn. Wiley-Blackwell, 2005.
  • Sue Parrill and William B. Robison, The Tudors on Film and Television. McFarland, 2013. ISBN 978-0786458912

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tudors

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The Tudors Cast

King Henry VIII

Played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers

After Henry took his dead brother Arthur's bride, he was propelled into the limelight and the foundations were laid for one of the most spectacular reigns in English history. He was the perfect Renaissance prince, but his first wife Katherine of Aragon's failure to produce a male heir brought out his darker side and led to his dismantling of the established church in England. He looted its possessions and set himself up as an absolute monarch. By the time of his death, he had married six times to try to maintain his own magnificent dynasty.

Charles Brandon

Played by Henry Cavill

Charles Brandon was the third son of Sir William Brandon. He was brought up at the court of Henry VII and became a favorite of Henry VIII. He held several posts in the royal household and distinguished himself in the French campaign of 1513. In 1515 he privately married Mary Tudor, Louis XII's (king of France) widow and Henry VIII's sister. He died in 1545, a year after commanding an English army invading France. His granddaughter Lady Jane Grey reigned for nine days in 1553.

Mary Tudor

Played by Sarah Bolger

The only surviving daughter of Queen Katherine of Aragon and King Henry, Mary has grown up quickly in the court, sometimes acting (in between his wives) as her father's hostess at parties and royal social events. Catholic, well educated and increasingly confident, the future "Bloody Mary" will eventually become the Queen of England.

Edward Seymour

Played by Max Brown

As brother to the King's third wife, Jane Seymour, Edward stood much to gain from Henry 8 and leveraged his ambition to rise to power as a member of the royal court. Upon the eventual death of King Henry, Edward's young nephew, Prince Edward Tudor, became King Edward VI of England, with Edward effectively ruling as Lord Protector.

Katherine Howard

Played by Tamzin Merchant

By the time Henry 8 came to marry his fifth wife, he was 49 years old and she a mere 15. Katherine had been raised in a house for wayward young ladies and, unbeknownst to the King, had a dubious sexual past, which came back to haunt her when her former lover Francis Dereham arrived at court threatening to reveal their former sexual relationship. She didn't help matters by having an affair with Thomas Culpepper, one of the King's groomsmen. To Henry's considerable sadness, these liaisons led to her execution on charges of adultery.

Anne of Cleves

Played by Joss Stone

Henry remained single for two years before he married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. When young Princess Anne arrived in England, Henry was less than enamored with her appearance and found it difficult to like -- let alone love -- her. The King immediately decided that he would not marry her, but to avoid a major international incident, the wedding proceeded. The marriage remained unconsummated and the couple divorced six months later. Anne was one of Henry's two wives to outlive him, the other being Catherine Parr.

Catherine Parr

Played by Joely Richardson

Henry 8's sixth and final marriage to Catherine was one of his longest, lasting five years. She was twice widowed when they married. She proved herself extremely capable as acting Regent when Henry was on the battlefield in Bolougne and was a loving stepmother to the King's three children. She came close to being tried for treason when her enemies, notably Bishop Gardiner, accused her of being a committed Protestant. After Henry's death she married Prince Edward's uncle Thomas Seymour, but died in childbirth soon after.

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