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Sky and AMC have revealed further casting for the dangerously daring historical psychodrama Mary & George as production continues in the UK.

Tony Curran (Mayflies, Your Honour) is to play King James I alongside previously announced Academy Award and BAFTA-winning actor Julianne Moore (Still Alice, Far From Heaven) as Mary Villiers and Nicholas Galitzine (Cinderella, Purple Hearts) as George Villiers in the seven-part Sky Original and AMC Networks drama produced by Hera Pictures.

Oliver Hermanus (Living, Moffie) helms the series as lead director alongside second and third block directors Alex Winckler (Somewhere Boy, This Way Up) and Florian Cossen (Deutschland 86, The Empress).

Also joining the cast of the limited event series are Nicola Walker as Lady Hatton, Niamh Algar as Sandie, Trine Dyrholm as Queen Anne, Sean Gilder as Sir Thomas Compton, Adrian Rawlins as Sir Edward Coke, Mark O’Halloran as Sir Francis Bacon, Laurie Davidson as Somerset.

Plus Samuel Blenkin as Prince Charles, Jacob McCarthy as Kit Villiers, Tom Victor as John Villiers, Alice Grant as Susan Villiers, Amelia Gething as Frances Coke, Mirren Mack as Katherine Manners, Rina Mahoney as Laura Ashcattle, and Simon Russell Beale as Sir George Villiers.

Mary & George is inspired by the unbelievable true story of Mary Villiers, who moulded her beautiful and charismatic son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover.

Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become the richest, most titled and influential players the English court had ever seen, and the King’s most trusted advisors. And with England’s place on the world stage under threat from a Spanish invasion and rioters taking to the streets to denounce the King, the stakes could not have been higher.

Prepared to stop at nothing and armed with her ruthless political steel, Mary married her way up the ranks, bribed politicians, colluded with criminals and clawed her way into the heart of the Establishment, making it her own.

Mary & George is a dangerously daring historical psychodrama about an outrageous mother and son who schemed, seduced and killed to conquer the court of England and the bed of King James I.​

The series is written by acclaimed playwright DC Moore (Killing Eve, Temple), inspired by the non-fiction book “The King’s Assassin” by Benjamin Woolley.


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