We were delighted to play a part in the recent and brilliant psychological thriller ‘Anne Boleyn’. Broadcast on Channel 5 to much acclaim across three nights in early June, we held our breath as actress Jodie Turner-Smith played Henry VIII’s infamous second wife – with the story based on the last six months of her life leading up to her untimely death. Gripping stuff. Created by BAFTA Nominated Faye Ward and Hannah Farrell through their TV & Film Production Company Fable Pictures, and commissioned by Channel 5 and Sony Pictures Television, the thriller certainly caused a stir in the news. Bolton Castle can be seen within many of the scenes throughout the series, and acts as the interior location for Greenwich Palace, and the location of Anne Boleyn’s scandalous execution at the Tower of London.
We loved hosting our intrepid film crew, all of whom loved the atmospheric castle. Members of the cast commented that it helped keep them in character especially with our Wensleydale winds knocking at the doors. We’re used to hosting film crews and ensuring they have all they need to create exactly what they are after. This was a real joy, with extraordinary costumes, sets, lighting and a host of stars. Jodie Turner-Smith has been seen previously in Queen & Slim. Yorkshire’s own Mark Stanley played Henry VIII (seen in White House Farm), and Lola Petticrew (Dating Amber) as Anne’s love rival, Jane Seymour. BAFTA Nominated Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, Gangs of London) as Anne’s brother and Tudor nobleman George Boleyn. Barry Ward (White Lines, Des) played King Henry VIII’s closest and most powerful advisor Thomas Cromwell, Jamael Westman (West End’s Hamilton) was Jane Seymour’s ambitious brother Edward, Amanda Burton (White House Fam, Silent Witness) was stoic Governess, Lady Anne Shelton, and Thalissa Teixeira (Two Weeks to Live, Trigonometry) was Anne’s loyal confidante and cousin Madge Shelton. Missed it first time round, or watch again on My5 here.
Photo credit: Parisa Taghizadeh