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Lady Jane (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  7 February 1986 (USA)
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The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor Feckenham
Jill Bennett ...
Mrs. Ellen
Sara Kestelman ...
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Sir John Bridges
Sir John Gates
Lee Montague ...
Renard, the Spanish Ambassador
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The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guildford to Lady Jane Grey, whom he places on the throne after Edward dies. At first hostile to each other, Guildford and Jane fall in love. But they cannot withstand the course of power which will lead to their ultimate downfall. Written by Samantha Santa Maria <>

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Release Date:

7 February 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La joven reina  »

Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)


$277,646 (USA)

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Second of only three cinema movies directed by stage and television director Trevor Nunn. The first was Hedda (1975) and the third and final [to date, June 2013] was Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996). All three pictures are costume period films. See more »


Thomas Fekenham was in fact in his Thirties when he attempted to convert Jane Grey when she was imprisoned in the Tower, rather than the elderly scholar seen in the film. See more »


Guilford: Tell me, did you see his chest?
Jane: Yes, it was marked.
Guilford: No, it wasn't. It was branded. A mark burnt into him with a red-hot iron.
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Referenced in As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride' (2001) See more »

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Moving tale of love and betrayal
25 December 2001 | by (San Jose, California) – See all my reviews

Although it has been more than a decade since I saw Lady Jane, I remember that it moved me greatly. The ambiance and characters are fully developed. Helen Bonham Carter was quite young, perfect for the role, and turned out to be quite a revelation. I saw the film in Madrid. I'll never forget the sight of a middle aged Spaniard (male) in the audience weeping at the conclusion. (The Spanish nobility were the "bad guys" of this drama).

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