Anne Boleyn

Channel 5's forthcoming production of Anne Boleyn will offer audiences a convention defying portrayal of the Tudor Queen. Peter Gray reports.

Anne Boleyn will naturally be compared to Netflix’s megahit Bridgerton due to its colour blind casting, however, the Channel 5 series is aiming for something much darker.

Set during the final months of the queen’s life, the drama gives the story a refreshing spin, by tackling its subject matter from a feminist perspective.

Queen & Slim actress Jodie Turner-Smith plays Anne, the ill-fated wife of boorish king Henry VIII. Struggling with the pressure to produce an heir and to perform her queenly duty, the audience is given an insight into the woman behind the legend.

Here’s everything you need to know about Channel 5’s Anne Boleyn:

Anne Boleyn plot

The series look at Anne Boleyn’s struggles to produce a male heir and her fight against a heavily patriarchal society. The series will also explore the queen’s struggle to secure a future for her daughter, Elizabeth, as well as the events leading up to her death. The rise of rival Jane Seymour will also be documented, as well as the King’s legendary eye for the ladies.  

“It was such a rapid decline from going from the most powerful position in court after the King to head on a chopping block” says series writer Eve Hedderwick to the Radio Times.

Anne Boleyn cast

Jodie Turner-Smith plays the queen in the convention defying drama. The actress has described the character as “formidable and fierce” and vowed to do her justice on the screen.

“I am so excited to join these exciting filmmakers in bringing the story of one of history’s most controversial queens to the screen. Delving deeper into Anne Boleyn’s immense strengths while examining her fatal weaknesses and vulnerabilities, Eve’s scripts immediately captured my imagination” says Smith in a press release.

Joining the actress in the drama is I May Destroy You star Paapa Essiedu as Anne’s brother George and White House Farm’s Amanda Burton as her aunt.

The cast also includes Thalissa Teixeira (Trigonometry), Jamael Westman (Animals), and Aoife Hinds (Normal People).

Anne Boleyn Production Team

The series is written by newcomer Eve Hedderwick Turner who was recently included in Deadline’s eight British Writers to watch out for in 2021.

The drama is directed by BAFTA Award-winning director Lynsey Miller (The Boy with the Topknot).

Where was Anne Boleyn filmed?

Principal photography on the series was carried out in North Yorkshire with several scenes filmed at Castle Howard.

When will we were the drama on TV?

Anne Boleyn will launch on Channel 5 at 9pm on June the 1st 2021.


-London's Best Events-
What: new drama
When: 1 June 21
Where: Channel 5
Website: Anne Boleyn