The 10-episode limited series The White Queen, based on the international best-selling novel series “The Cousins’ War” by Philippa Gregory, will debut on the cable network Starz on Saturday, August 10 with Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson (‘Nya tider’ and ‘Wallander’) in the title role of Elizabeth Woodville.
‘The White Queen’ novels and series are told from the perspective of the three fiercely determined women who laid claim to the English throne: Elizabeth Woodville (The White Queen), Margaret Beaufort (The Red Queen) and Anne Neville (The Kingmaker’s Daughter). While the men fought and killed on the battlefield in their quest for power, these three women used whatever means possible to wage war on their enemies who stood in their way and threatened their claim.
In the series, the year is 1464, before the Tudor dynasty ruled England. War has been ravaging throughout the country over who is the rightful king. It is a blood feud between two sides of the same family; The House of York and The House of Lancaster. The House of York’s young heir Edward IV (Max Irons from ‘The Host’) is crowned King of England with the help of his mentor and advisor, the master manipulator Lord Warwick, known at court as “The Kingmaker” (James Frain from ‘Grimm’ and ‘The Tudors’).
When Edward falls in love with a beautiful Lancastrian commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick’s plan to control the throne comes crashing down. A violent, high-stakes struggle for the crown ensues between Elizabeth, her fiercest adversary, Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale from ‘Ripper Street’) and Anne Neville (newcomer Faye Marsay), a pawn in her father’s power game. The cast also includes David Oakes (‘The Borgias’), Eleanor Tomlinson (‘Jack the Giant Slayer’), Aneurin Barnard (‘We’ll Take Manhattan’) and Janet McTeer (‘Albert Nobbs’).
‘The White Queen’, which is produced by Company Pictures and adapted by acclaimed writer Emma Frost, will debut on Starz at 9/8c on Saturday, August 10.