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The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)

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Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Mary Boleyn who becomes mistress to England's King Henry VIII, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Natascha McElhone ... Mary Boleyn
Jodhi May ... Anne Boleyn
Jared Harris ... Henry VIII
Steven Mackintosh ... George Boleyn
Philip Glenister ... William Stafford
Jack Shepherd ... Thomas Boleyn
John Woodvine ... Uncle Howard
Ron Cook ... Thomas Cromwell
Anthony Howell ... William Carey
Jane Gurnett Jane Gurnett ... Elizabeth Boleyn
Yolanda Vazquez Yolanda Vazquez ... Katherine of Aragon (as Yolanda Vasquez)
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ... Francis Weston (as Geoffrey Streatfield)
Oliver Chris ... Henry Percy
Naomi Benson Naomi Benson ... Jane Seymour
Zoe Waites Zoe Waites ... Jane Parker
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Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Mary Boleyn who becomes mistress to England's King Henry VIII, before being ousted by her younger sister, Anne. Mary leaves the Court to marry a commoner, but returns when Anne embarks on a reckless policy to save herself from ruin. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

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UK

Language:

English

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28 March 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La otra Bolena See more »

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The cast spent four weeks in workshops improvising the script together with director Philippa Lowthorpe. See more »

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interesting twist on the Boleyn story
3 January 2008 | by didi-5See all my reviews

From Philippa Gregory's novel, 'The Other Boleyn Girl' does not pretend to be a historical record but explores some themes and basic facts concerning the Boleyn girls, Mary and Anne, and their relationship with Henry VIII of England.

This adaptation has the benefit of strong casting - Natasha McElhone and Jodhi May as the girls, Steven Mackintosh as their brother, Jared Harris as the King, Jack Shepherd and John Woodvine as the scheming elder Boleyns, seeing a chance to get their influence felt through sexual power over the King. This angle is well drawn, showing the girls as pawns in a power game. Smaller parts are equally well cast, including Philip Glenister as Stafford and Ron Cook as Cromwell.

Shot in a modern style - Mary and Anne talk to the camera as if in a reality show - this drama is compelling if not necessarily accurate.


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