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Michelle Fairley joins The White Princess

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Michelle Fairley

Starz have announced that Michelle Fairley (“Game of Thrones,” “Rebellion”) will play the role of Margaret Beaufort in “The White Princess,” the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed STARZ Original Miniseries event “The White Queen,” from Company Pictures. Up-and-coming actress, Jodie Comer (“Doctor Foster,” My Mad Fat Diary”) also joins the cast as Princess Elizabeth of York. Adapted from Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novel of the same name and part of The Cousins’ War book series, “The White Princess” tells the story of England’s War of the Roses from the perspective of the women. The 8-episode limited series drama will begin shooting on location in Bristol, England later this year.

Margaret Beaufort, Henry Tudor’s mother and mastermind behind his ascent to the Throne of England, was a philanthropist, a benefactor for the Church, and a murderer. Margaret knows that getting the throne and keeping it safe for the Tudor line are two different things, especially as York rivals continue to plot against them with increasing success.

Princess Elizabeth of York (Lizzie) is forced into marriage to unite the Houses of York and Tudor, realizing that she has no choice but to do her duty for England and marry the new King, Henry VII. The union brings Lizzie in direct conflict with Henry’s strong-willed mother. As Margaret’s influence over her son begins to wane and Lizzie’s star rises, Margaret beings to unravel as the sins of the past and present weigh heavily on her conscience and her relations with Henry are at risk of potentially imploding.

Award winning actress Michelle Fairley’s acting career richly spans across theater, film and television. Fairley is perhaps most internationally known for her staunch portrayal of Catelyn Stark in HBO’s acclaimed “Game of Thrones” in its first three seasons. She can be currently seen in SundanceTV’s Irish historical drama miniseries, “Rebellion,” as Dolly Butler and will also be appearing in the upcoming Season Two of Pivot’s first original scripted series, “Fortitude,” a dramatic thriller set amidst a tight-knit Arctic community. Her previous reoccurring television credits include ABC’s drama “Resurrection” alongside Frances Fisher and Kurtwood Smith, Fox’s event series, “24: Live Another Day” with Kiefer Sutherland, and USA Network’s acclaimed legal drama “Suits.” She last appeared on stage in the 2015 revival of BAFTA award-winning writer Abi Morgan’s play “Splendour” at London’s Donmar Warehouse, and she has also claimed roles in Jean Paul Sartre’s existentialist work “Huis Clos” as Ines, in “Othello” as Emilia, directed by Michael Grandage and also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor, and in “The Weir” directed by Ian Rickson that played in London and on Broadway, amongst others. On the big screen, Fairley has recently appeared in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth, Stephen Frears’ Philomena with Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, and Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman.

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