The first look of the actor as Anne Boleyn in Channel 5’s new psychological thriller is here.
That’s right, British model and Queen & Slim actress Jodie Turner-Smith will be taking on the role of another queen: King Henry VIII’s second and most notorious wife, Anne Boleyn. So that’s: “divorced, beheaded…” Oh.
Dropping the first look today, we see Turner-Smith dressed in a black velvet gown and crowned in a striking headdress. And the traditional Tudor look wouldn’t be complete without the queen’s favourite piece of jewellery, a pearl ‘B’ necklace that has been draped around the star’s neck. Turner-Smith faces the camera head-on, her stance emanating dignity and strength but her eyes, a glimmer of sadness.
Directed by Lynsey Miller and written by newcomer Eve Hedderwick Turner, the new historical drama will reframe the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life as a psychological thriller, told from the perspective of the formidable queen herself. Its convention-defying three parts will take us on an emotional journey through the trials and tribulations of Anne’s battle to secure a future for herself and her daughter in a patriarchal world.
Turner-Smith will be joined on screen by Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), who’s starring as her brother George, and Mark Stanley (White House Farm), who’s portraying Britain’s most infamous husband and King, Henry VIII. Other notable members of the ensemble cast include Des actor Barry War and star of West End’s Hamilton Jamael Westman.
“I am so excited to join these exciting filmmakers in bringing the story of one of history’s most controversial queens to the screen,” said Turner-Smith in a statement about her decision to take on the role. “Delving deeper into Anne Boleyn’s immense strengths while examining her fatal weaknesses and vulnerabilities, Eve’s scripts immediately captured my imagination.”
She continued: “In the hands of Lynsey Miller, the legend of this formidable queen and fierce mother will be seen as a deeply human story that is still so relevant for today. I look forward to bringing my heart and spirit into this daring retelling of the fall of this iconic woman.”
Anne Boleyn is set to air in the UK on Channel 5 later this year.