Jodie Turner-Smith to lead Channel 5 Anne Boleyn drama

Jodie Turner-Smith is to play the lead in a new Channel 5 drama about Anne Boleyn.

The new series will “shine a feminist light” on Boleyn’s struggles in Tudor England and will be made in the style of a pyschological thriller rather than a classic period drama.

On landing the lead role, Turner-Smith said in a statement, “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.

“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.”

The drama will air on Channel 5 next year.

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