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The Tudors

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The Tudors This costume drama features England's splendid Renaissance dynasty under King Henry VIII. Beginning in Season 1 when Henry VIII was growing desperate for an heir and growing distant from his first wife, the series moves quickly to the period when Anne Boelyn became his obsession. During this time Cardinal Wolsey rose to become the power behind his throne, ruling ruthlessly and nearly absolutely while Henry for the most part followed the Cardinal's advice, maneuvering through a series of betrayals and plots against him.

When Anne Boelyn plays much harder to get than any woman ever has, Henry begins to search for a way out of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon, so that he can make Anne his wife. Needing a divorce, Henry turns to Wolsey, who promises to help him create waves of backlash from the church, as well as the Spanish Habsburg dynasty and its overseas empire. Against this background, gyrate the private lives and political intrigues of several members of the royal court and chancery. This includes Henry's friend and his sister Margaret's true love Charles Brandon, the Habsburg ambassadors, greedy and power-hungry schemers, their incidental victims and composer Thomas Tallis...

The Tudors - tv series

(2007 - till now) - Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sam Neill, Natalie Dormer, Henry Cavill

Genre: Action and Adventure / Drama


Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... King Henry VIII
Henry Cavill ... Charles Brandon
Natalie Dormer ... Anne Boleyn
Nick Dunning ... Thomas Boleyn
Maria Doyle Kennedy ... Queen Catherine of Aragon
James Frain ... Thomas Cromwell
Padraic Delaney ... George Boleyn
Jeremy Northam ... Sir Thomas More
Jamie Thomas King ... Thomas Wyatt
Anthony Brophy ... Chapuys
Guy Carleton ... Chamberlain
John Kavanagh ... Cardinal Campeggio
Sam Neill ... Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Callum Blue ... Anthony Knivert
Henry Czerny ... Norfolk
Hans Matheson ... Thomas Cranmer
David Alpay ... Mark Smeaton
Joe Van Moyland ... Thomas Tallis
Bosco Hogan ... Bishop Fisher
James Gilbert ... William Brereton
Alan Van Sprang ... Sir Francis Bryan
Peter O'Toole ... Pope Paul III
Kristen Holden-Ried ... William Compton
Catherine Byrne ... Alice More
Rebekah Wainwright ... Catherine
Gabrielle Anwar ... Princess Margaret
Declan Conlon ... Mendoza
Perdita Weeks ... Mary Boleyn
Fiona Ryan ... Jane
Sarah Bolger ... Mary Tudor
Laura Jane Laughlin ... Margaret 'Madge' Sheldon
Emmanuel Leconte ... King Francis I
Blathnaid McKeown ... Princess Mary
Eric Higgins ... Groom
Serena Brabazon ... Nan Saville
Myia Elliott ... Lady Anne Clifford
Stephen Brennan ... John Seymour
Philip O'Sullivan ... Bishop Wanham
Alan Devine ... Wolsey's Secretary
Steve Wilson ... Tower Constable
Max Brown ... Edward Seymour
Clive Geraghty ... Dr. Linacre
Anita Briem ... Jane Seymour
Stephen Hogan ... Sir Henry Norris
Joanne King ... Jane Parker
Ruta Gedmintas ... Elizabeth Blount
Matt Ryan ... Mr. Pace
Gordon Sterne ... Bishop Tunstall
Gabriella Wright ... Queen Claude
Charlie Bonner ... Cromwell's Servant
Lorna Doyle ... Joan
Krystin Pellerin ... Lady Elizabeth
Gemma Reeves ... Margaret Moore
Tony Brown ... Richard Rich
Steven Waddington ... Duke of Buckingham
David Browne ... Brandon's son
Barry McGovern ... Bishop Bonnivet
Mark Lambert ... William Cornish
Martin Maguire ... Court Crier
Paul Burke ... Messenger
Eamon Rohan ... Archbishop
Luke Hayden ... Headsman
Jonathan White ... Hopkins
George Irving ... Sir William Kingston
Anna Brewster ... Anna Buckingham
Phil Kingston ... Cromwell's clerk
Michelle Hartman ... Anne's Maid
Arthur Brown ... Stonemason 2
Jane Brennan ... Lady Margaret Bryan
Ronan Conlon ... Rowland Lee
Kate Duggan ... Princess Elizabeth
Andrea Lowe ... Lady Eleanor Luke
Julia Wakeham ... Katharina Prue

Created by:
Michael Hirst

Writing credits:
Michael Hirst

Opening theme: "Lacrymosa"
Written by: Trevor Morris
Singing: Evanescence

Original music by:
Trevor Morris

Cinematography by:
Ousama Rawi

Language: English
Country: United States

Directed by:
Ciaran Donnelly
Steve Shill
Brian Kirk
Alison Maclean
Charles McDougall
Jon Amiel
Colm McCarthy
Jeremy Podeswa
Dearbhla Walsh

Produced by:
Sheila Hockin
Tim Bevan
Eric Fellner
James Flynn
Gary Howsam
Morgan O'Sullivan
Teri Weinberg
Steve Shill
Charles McDougall

Number of seasons: 2

Original channel:
TV3 Ireland
CBC Television

Reveille Productions
Working Title Films
Bord Scannan na hEireann
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
PA Tudors
Peace Arch Entertainment Group
TM Productions

2007 Won ASCAP Award Top TV Series
2009 Nominated ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Episodic TV Series'
2009 Nominated Excellence in Production Design Award Episode of a One Hour Single-Camera Television Series
2008 Won CSC Award Best Cinematography in TV Series
2009 Nominated CDG Award Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series - Period/Fantasy
2008 Nominated CDG Award Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series - Period/Fantasy
2008 Nominated DGC Craft Award Picture Editing - Television Series
2008 Won Emmy Outstanding Costumes for a Series
2007 Won Emmy Outstanding Costumes for a Series
2008 Won Gemini Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series
2009 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
2008 Nominated Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama
2009 Won IFTA Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Television
2008 Won IFTA Award Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television
2009 Nominated Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing - Short Form Dialogue and ADR in Television
2008 Nominated Satellite Award Best DVD Release of a TV Show

Also Known As:
The Tudors
Die Tudors - Matresse des Konigs
Dinastia Tudorilor
Dynastia Tudorow
Sex, magt og intriger
The Tudors - Die Konigin und ihr Henker
Tudor, Los
Tudors, I
Tudors, Les


The character of Princess Margaret, Henry's sister, is actually a composite of two sisters, his older sister Margaret Tudor and his younger sister Mary Tudor. While the events in the series come from Mary's life, the substitution of Margaret's name helps to avoid confusion with Henry's daughter with Catherine of Aragon, also named Mary.

There is no historical evidence to suggests that Thomas Tallis was bisexual.

Steven Waddington’s character, Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, lays claim to the English Crown by being the descent of Edward II. 1991 Steven Waddington played Edward II in Derek Jarman's film version of Christopher Marlowe's play Edward II (1991). Each of their claims to the English Crown were brought to an horrible end.

The character of Princess Margaret is actually a composite of Henry's two sisters, Mary and Margaret. As such, there are several historical timeline inaccuracies for Princess Margaret, including dates, death and marriages.

Henry FitzRoy, Henry and Bessie Blount's son, did not actually die until shortly after he turned 17 years old. His mother was not married when she gave birth to him.

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