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The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)


Biography, Drama, History |

The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical romantic drama film directed by Justin Chadwick. The screenplay by Peter Morgan was adapted from Philippa Gregory’s 2001 novel of the same name. It is a fictionalised account of the lives of 16th-century aristocrats Mary Boleyn, one-time mistress of King Henry VIII, and her sister, Anne, who became the monarch’s ill-fated second wife, though much history is distorted.

Production studio BBC Films also owns the rights to adapt the sequel novel, The Boleyn Inheritance, which tells the story of Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Jane Parker.

King Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon is troubled as she has not produced a living male heir to the throne, having only one surviving child, Mary. Mary Boleyn marries William Carey. After the festivities, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk and his brother-in-law Thomas Boleyn plan to install Boleyn’s eldest daughter, Anne Boleyn, as the king’s mistress, with the hope that Anne will bear him a son and that she’ll be able to improve her family’s wealth and status. Anne’s mother, Lady Elizabeth Boleyn, is disgusted by the plot, but Anne eventually agrees as a way to please her father and uncle.

While visiting the Boleyn estate, Henry is injured in a hunting accident that was indirectly caused by Anne. Urged by her scheming uncle, Mary nurses Henry. Henry becomes smitten with Mary and invites her to court, to which Mary and her husband reluctantly agree, aware that the king has invited her because he desires her.

Director: Justin Chadwick

Writers: Peter Morgan (screenplay), Philippa Gregory (novel)

Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess, Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Morrissey


Natalie PortmanAnne Boleyn
Scarlett JohanssonMary Boleyn
Eric BanaHenry Tudor
Jim SturgessGeorge Boleyn
Mark RylanceSir Thomas Boleyn
Kristin Scott ThomasLady Elizabeth Boleyn
David MorrisseyThe Duke of Norfolk
Benedict CumberbatchWilliam Carey
Oliver ColemanHenry Percy
Ana TorrentKatherine of Aragon
Eddie RedmayneWilliam Stafford
Tom CoxRider
Michael SmileyPhysician
Montserrat Roig de PuigLady in Waiting
Juno TempleJane Parker
Iain MitchellThomas Cromwell
Andrew GarfieldFrancis Weston (credit only)
Mark Lewis JonesBrandon
Corinne GallowayJane Seymour
Alfie AllenKing’s Messenger
Joseph MooreYoung Henry
Tiffany FreisbergMary Talbot
Bill WallisArchbishop Cranmer
Joanna ScanlanMidwife
Brodie JudgeYoung Catherine
Oscar NegusLittle Henry
Maisie SmithYoung Elizabeth
Daisy Doidge-HillYoung Anne
Kizzy FassettYoung Mary
Finton ReillyYoung George
Emma NoakesMaid
Poppy HurstLittle Catherine
Constance StrideMary Tudor
Stefana BrancastleLady in Waiting
Victoria BullLady-in-Waiting to Jane Boleyn
Christian ChallisKing’s Guard
Gemma CooperFrench Courtier
Elizabeth CroftLady Duncombe
James FiddyNobleman
Oihana GardeLady in Waiting Film (Feature)
Rebecca GrantFrench Courtier
Helen HolmanWedding Guest
David Jones Jr.Rider
Marysia KayMary Boleyn’s Maid
Lexie LambertMary Boleyn’s Maid
Hain MacSheoininTower of London Guard
Shane NolanKing’s Guard
Benjamin O’MahonyHenry Percy
John PatonSir John Seymour
Mark SmithHoward Nobleman
Karol SteeleNoblewoman
Serena TonaWench
Emma WestMaid

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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