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Elizabeth Woodville

played by Rebecca Ferguson

Elizabeth Woodville

played by Rebecca Ferguson
Character Bio Actor Bio

A young commoner from the House of Lancaster with angelic beauty and high intellect, Elizabeth becomes widowed when her first husband is killed in a battle. She is left to fend for herself with two young boys until fate introduces her to the noble King Edward IV from the House of York. They fall madly in love and after a secret wedding she becomes Queen of England. At the outset of their lives together, Elizabeth’s motives are pure, but once she finds herself on the throne she becomes fiercely protective of her family as she sees the dangerous forces surrounding her in the perilous politics of the day.

Rebecca Ferguson plays Elizabeth Woodville in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event “The White Queen.”

Rebecca was born and raised in Stockholm to a Swedish father and British mother. She attended Sweden’s famous Music school – Adolf Frederick and started her career at the age of 15 when she was offered the lead in a day time drama series “New Times.” Other credits include A One Way to Antibes, which won the audience award at the 2012 European Union Film Festival in Toronto. That same year Rebecca was also nominated as a Rising Star in Sweden. In 2013 Rebecca can also be seen in the highly anticipated Swedish Indie US which is directed by Mani Masserat.

Rebecca is fluent in both English and Swedish. She lives in Österlen, Sweden.

King Edward IV

played by Max Irons

King Edward IV

played by Max Irons
Character Bio Actor Bio

The young monarch from the House of York who deposed the Lancastrian Henry VI, is crowned King of England with the help of the master manipulator, Lord Warwick, “The Kingmaker.” Edward is always trying to do what is right and best for the country, himself and his family. He is a strong leader and fierce soldier on the battlefield yet his trusting and forgiving nature can lead to his downfall. Once Edward marries the Lancastrian commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, a royal struggle ensues between Edward, Lord Warwick, and the other powerful players at court. Edward’s choice to follow his heart could end up being his gravest political error.

Max Irons plays King Edward IV in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event “The White Queen.”

Max graduated from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the summer of 2008. In 2009 he made his professional stage debut in Friedrich Schiller’s “Wallenstein,” at the Chichester Festival Theatre for which he was nominated for the prestigious Ian Charleson Award. His theatrical training has included roles in “Oedipus,” “The Revenger’s Tragedy,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “London Cuckolds,” “Twelfth Night,” “Plenty,” “Semi-Monde,” “Under The Blue Sky” and “New Girls In Town.”

He was most recently seen in the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s bestselling book The Host opposite Saoirse Ronan. Other credits include Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood and the miniseries “The Runaway,” based on Martina Cole’s bestseller.

Jacquetta Woodville

played by Janet McTeer

Jacquetta Woodville

played by Janet McTeer
Character Bio Actor Bio

Mother of Elizabeth Woodville, brilliantly sharp and manipulative, Jacquetta’s keen insight into court-life is the acumen that propels her daughter into power. Having already established herself as a leading lady in the court of Margaret d’Anjou (former Queen of England), Jacquetta is no stranger to the perilous climb to the throne. She is instrumental in the marriage of her daughter, Elizabeth, to King Edward IV. When they wed in secret, the Woodville’s must switch their allegiance from the House of Lancaster to the House of York. Jacquetta will use every power at her disposal to ensure the safety and security of her daughter, including magic. Jacquetta believes that both her and her daughter are descended from the river goddess Melusina–a heritage that has given them abilities that some would describe as mystical, and others would describe as witchcraft. Jacquetta’s ability to control the weather–from storm to breeze and mist to blizzard–makes her a powerful ally for Elizabeth, and a genuine threat to anyone who crosses her.

Janet McTeer plays Jacquetta Woodville in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event “The White Queen.”

Janet McTeer is a Tony® and Golden Globe® award-winning English actress who is equally at home on the stage, as she is in television and film. Her appearances on the big screen have earned her two Oscar® nominations – the first for her role as a single mother in Tumbleweeds, for which she was named Best Actress by the National Board of Review and received a Golden Globe Award. The second nomination was when both she and her co-star Glenn Close garnered Oscar nominations for their roles as women who live as men in Albert Nobbs. Other films include Half Moon Street, Wuthering Heights, Carrington, Waking the Dead, the dogme film The King is Alive and most recently in The Woman in Black. She will soon be seen as American novelist Mary McCarthy in Margarethe von Trotta’s upcoming feature, Hannah Arendt. She is currently shooting Angelica, set in Victorian England which is written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein.

McTeer’s early career was on the stage and in British television. Her first big break came with the 1990 television production of “Portrait of a Marriage,” playing Vita Sackville-West, writer and lover of Virginia Woolf. McTeer then appeared in several BBC dramas, as well as the series “The Governor.” She also appeared in the mini-series “Sense & Sensibility” and on such British television serials as “The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard,” “Hunter” and Agatha Christie’s “Marple” series. McTeer co-starred with Brendan Gleeson in the HBO feature Into the Storm, appearing as Winston Churchill's wife, Clementine. Last year she costarred in the television series “Damages,” reuniting with Glenn Close. McTeer was most recently seen in the HBO mini-series, “Parade’s End,” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall and Rupert Everett.

On stage, McTeer has become one of Britain’s most renowned actresses. She earned critical acclaim, as well as both the Olivier Theatre Award and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for her performance as Nora in the West End production of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll's House” - first in London and then the following year on Broadway, where she won a Tony Award, Theatre World Award and Drama Desk Award as Best Actress in a Play. She appeared as Mary, Queen of Scots in “Mary Stuart” opposite Harriet Walter as Queen Elizabeth l – first in London and then in the Broadway version of the production. She received a Tony Award nomination, and won the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play. In 2008 she starredin the West End production of “God of Carnage,” and reprised her role on Broadway opposite Jeff Daniels.

She was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2008.

Lord Warwick, The Kingmaker

played by James Frain

Lord Warwick, The Kingmaker

played by James Frain
Character Bio Actor Bio

Warwick’s master manipulation in elevating King Edward IV to the throne earned him the epithet “Kingmaker.” He uses those same powers of persuasion to help his young protégé, Edward, make decisions that benefit both himself and the Warwick clan. But when Edward marries Elizabeth in secret, Warwick loses his grip and considerable influence on the young King. Incensed by the loss of Edward’s ear, Warwick vows to have him replaced - even if it means using his daughters for his nefarious scheme.

James Frain plays Lord Warwick in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event “The White Queen.”

Born in the north of England he earned his degree in Drama and Film at the University of East Anglia and studied acting at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. While studying, James was spotted by Sir Richard Attenborough who immediately cast him in his first feature, Shadowlands.

James most recently completed The Lone Ranger and can be seen in many other projects, including: TRON: Legacy, Water for Elephants, The Count of Monte Cristo, Where the Heart Is, Reindeer Games, Into the Blue, Elizabeth and Hilary and Jackie. James co-starred with Ian McShane on Broadway in “The Homecoming” for which the cast won The Drama Critics Circle Best Ensemble Award.

Previously, he played Thomas Cromwell for three seasons in “The Tudors.”

Margaret Beaufort

played by Amanda Hale

Margaret Beaufort

played by Amanda Hale
Character Bio Actor Bio

A loyal Lancastrian, and cousin to the deposed King Henry VI, Margaret suffered a difficult childhood raised by a loveless and vindictive mother, Lady Beauchamp. In her darkest hour she turned to God for comfort. She now believes she has been sent a sign that her young son, Henry Tudor, is destined to be King. Margaret’s terrifying determination to see her son take the throne borders on madness. She is willing to lay down her own life, or even kill, so that her son Henry can be fitted for the crown. Her world is filled with cold, calculated maneuvering strictly for her and her son’s gain.

Amanda Hale plays Margaret Beaufort in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event "The White Queen.”

Amanda graduated from RADA in 2005 and has starred in various film, television and theater productions including: the BBC's “Ripper Street,” “Being Human” and “The House of Bernada Alba” at the Almeida Theatre. Amanda also starred in the critically acclaimed “Crimson Petal and the White,” a BBC production that aired on STARZ’ sister network ENCORE.

Amanda has also enjoyed success on the stage; in 2005 she was nominated for The Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award for her performance in “Crooked” at the Bush Theatre. In 2007 she was nominated for The Evening Standard Milton Shulman Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer for her role in “The Glass Menagerie.”

Amanda will soon be seen in Invisible Woman, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes. She recently filmed The King of Soho, directed by Michael Winterbottom, and worked with Jane Campion in Bright Star.

Anne Neville

played by Faye Marsay

Anne Neville

played by Faye Marsay
Character Bio Actor Bio

As the daughter of Lord Warwick, “The Kingmaker,” Anne is a timid girl who becomes a pawn in her father’s struggle for power. As children, Anne and her sister, Isabel, pretend to be Queen and dream of the royal life along with the finery it will bring, but as Anne grows older, she begins to understand the danger that wearing the crown presents. Those who possess it must always guard themselves against those trying to take it. And those who want their hands on it will lie, cheat and kill to make it happen. Anne is not sure if constantly living in fear is the life she wants to lead.

Faye Marsay plays Anne Neville in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event “The White Queen.”

Originally from Middlesbrough, in the North East of England, Faye is the first in her family to pursue a career in acting and will make her professional screen debut in “The White Queen.” A recent graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Faye was the winner of the prestigious 2012 Spotlight Prize which is awarded to one drama school actor in the U.K. each year. Her theatrical training has included roles in “The Good Soul of Szechuan,” “Disco Pigs,” “Macbeth,” “Hard Times,” “Peter Pan,” “The Journey,” “Hansel & Gretel,” “Five Kinds of Silence” and “4.48 Psychosis.”

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

played by Aneurin Barnard

Richard, Duke of Gloucester

played by Aneurin Barnard
Character Bio Actor Bio

The youngest of the York brothers, Richard is a trustworthy, honorable, and ambitious man. He is also a highly regarded military commander and is fiercely loyal to his older brother, King Edward IV, despite living in his shadow. Richard is willing to make great sacrifices to protect his king and keep his family’s bloodline on the throne—a task that comes with inherent dangers of which Richard is fully aware. He will eventually rule England as King Richard III.

Aneurin Barnard plays Richard, Duke of Gloucester in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event “The White Queen.”

Barnard graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2008. In 2010, he won an Olivier Award for his performance as ‘Melchior’ in the smash-hit West End show, “Spring Awakening.” Following this, he played iconic photographer David Bailey in Channel 4 film “We’ll take Manhattan” and coming up he stars feature films “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes”and “Citadel.” He recently wrapped production on “Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box” and is currently in Ireland filming SKY 1series “Moonfleet”opposite Ray Winstone.

George, Duke of Clarence

played by David Oakes

George, Duke of Clarence

played by David Oakes
Character Bio Actor Bio

Brother to King Edward IV and Richard, Duke of Gloucester, George is next in line to the throne and is hungry to take that title at the first opportunity. Unlike his brother Richard, George has no loyalty to Edward IV. He is a ruthlessly ambitious man who deeply resents the power his brother possesses and is constantly looking for an opening to take it from him. Whether it is through a marriage alliance, switching loyalties, or committing murder, nothing will stand in his way. He wants to be king, and that makes him a very dangerous man.

David Oakes plays George, Duke of Clarence in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event “The White Queen.”

David Oakes is a British actor best known for his role as Juan Borgia in “The Borgias.” He first came to prominence as William Hamleigh in the Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated STARZ miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth.”

David began his career at Shakespeare's Globe performing in “Love's Labour's Lost” and has also performed at the Old Vic Theatre under the management of Kevin Spacey in the “24 Hour Plays.” In 2008, David starred in Journey’s End which was named one of Telegraph’s Top 10 Theater Productions. David made his television debut in the BBC's “Bonekickers” and later starred in “Walter's War,” “Ripper Street,” “Trinity” and “Mind of a Tyrant.”

Isabel Neville

played by Eleanor Tomlinson

Isabel Neville

played by Eleanor Tomlinson
Character Bio Actor Bio

The eldest daughter of Lord Warwick, “The Kingmaker,” and sister to Anne Neville, Isabel is a strongwilled girl who shares her father’s powers of manipulation. She knows that her primary duty is to marry well, ensuring the safety and security of her family. This results in Isabel sacrificing her own happiness to wed George, Duke of Clarence, the brother of King Edward IV, in an arranged marriage and a loveless union. As time passes, Isabel soon realizes that her father is using her as he does everyone else, and that she is merely a pawn on his chessboard—a pawn he will sacrifice for his own political gain.

Eleanor Tomlinson plays Isabel Neville in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event “The White Queen.”

Eleanor is a British actress best known for her role as Princess Isabelle in Jack and The Giant Slayer. In 2013 she will also star as the female lead in Siberian Education. Her previous film work includes Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Einstein and Eddington and The Illusionist.

Eleanor has also starred in a number of international television productions including “Hepzibah,” “The Lost Future,” “Three Ordinary Women,” “The Sarah Jane Adventures” and “Falling.”

Anthony Rivers

played by Ben Lamb

Anthony Rivers

played by Ben Lamb
Character Bio Actor Bio

The brother of Elizabeth Woodville, and the eldest son of their parents Richard Woodville and Jacquetta of Luxembourg. Anthony is protective of his sister and his family, and the only man at court whom Elizabeth can fully trust. Anthony’s mother taught him the ways of courtly behavior and political maneuvering, and he puts these skills to use when Elizabeth’s marriage to Edward IV is validated and the Woodville’s fortunes improve. Though he is a noble man, he will stop at nothing to keep Elizabeth on the throne and secure the Woodvilles’ power and wealth, for he knows the loss of either could leave him and his family in mortal danger.

Ben Lamb plays Anthony Rivers in the STARZ Original Miniseries Event “The White Queen.”

Ben is from London and graduated from RADA in 2010. His theatrical training has included roles in “Lily Jones’s Birthday,” “Measure for Measure,” “In Flame,” “The Changeling,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Seagull.” He was also previously seen in BBC One’s “Silk” in the U.K.

Jasper Tudor

played by Tom McKay

Jasper Tudor

played by Tom McKay
Character Bio Actor Bio

The second son of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois, Jasper is a diehard Lancastrian, and extremely loyal to his roots. When his elder brother Edward died, he swore to protect Margaret of Beaufort, Edward’s wife, and her young son Henry Tudor. Jasper is very close to his Sister-In-Law Margaret, and many suspect that their relationship reaches far beyond friendship.

Tom McKay plays Jasper Tudor in the STARZ Original Miniseries “The White Queen.”

Born and raised in central England, McKay is a graduate of the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He most recently appeared as Jim McCoy in the award winning mini-series “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” and has starred in several acclaimed theatrical productions, including: “Mother Clap’s Molly House,” “Henry V,” “Frost/Nixon” and “Gladiator Games.”

After enjoying success on stage, Tom transitioned seamlessly into television working on some of the UK’s most loved shows. Tom had memorable turns in the BBC’s “Waterloo Road,” “New Tricks,” “Spooks” and ITV’s “Primeval.” McKay has also appeared in Rowan Joffe’s BAFTA nominated The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall and Stephen Poliakoff’s Joe’s Palace with Michael Gambon.

Tom’s feature credits include Martha Fiennes feature Chromophobia with Penelope Cruz and Ralph Fiennes as well as the Ol Parker directed Imagine Me and You for Focus Features.

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The White Queen

A STARZ Original Miniseries Event

A story of love and lust, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, “The White Queen” is uniquely told through the perspective of three different, yet equally relentless women - Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. In their quest for power, they will scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne.

The year is 1464 and war over who is the rightful King has been ravaging throughout England. It is a bitter dispute between two sides of the same family, The House of York and The House of Lancaster, and these three ruthless women are each desperately vying for the crown.



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