Caption: Jodie Turner Smith recreates Anne Boleyn execution (Picture: Channel 5)
Jodie Turner-Smith has recreated Anne Boleyn’s execution in new photos released on the anniversary of her death from her upcoming Channel 5 drama.
The Queen and Slim actress plays a brand new version of the ill-fated queen, who was beheaded by husband Henry VIII when their marriage turned sour.
Anne, Henry VIII’s second wife, was notoriously killed for high treason on May 19, 1536, after failing to produce a male heir.
In new show stills published today, Jodie has recreated her unsettling execution.
Playing Anne, Jodie can be seen preparing to meet her fate as a scheming Thomas Cromwell (Barry Ward) looks on.
‘There’s so much about Anne’s legend that people believe – whether it’s that she was a witch, she had six fingers, or that she had an incestuous relationship with her brother – we’ve seen all these things portrayed in popular culture,’ Jodie said.
Anne was executed for not producing a male heir (Picture: Fable Pictures Ltd/The Falen Falcon Ltd/ViacomCBS/Sony Pictures Inc.)
‘I think that for the most part we’ve seen [Anne’s] story told through the lens of the other people around her.
‘But this time we are trying to tell a more human story about this figure who really was just a woman trying to survive in her time and in many ways, as a woman before her time.’
She was a politically smart woman who aligned herself with Protestant church reformers like Thomas, before he turned on her.
After orchestrating the separation from the Catholic Church, it is Thomas who is blamed for organising the charges against her.
Previously speaking about her new role, Jodie told British Vogue: ‘I loved the script, and the humanity of the person at the centre of it.
Thomas is blamed for organising the charges against her (Picture: Fable Pictures Ltd/The Falen Falcon Ltd/ViacomCBS/Sony Pictures Inc.)
‘It resonated with me as a story about motherhood, having just had my own child, and it highlights the many ways in which female bodies were policed and politicised, and still are.
‘In Anne’s case, whether her body worked according to the patriarchy’s demands was literally a matter of survival… There’s so much about her story that feels modern.
Coming to Channel 5 later this month, the drama will follow the final months of Anne’s life, as she tries to establish a future for her daughter as the powers that surround her begin to threaten her life.
As Henry (played by Mark Stanley) finds a new love in Jane Seymour (Lola Pettricrew), Anne’s life slowly slips out of her hands as she tries to fight against the patriarchy she’s married into.
Jodie leads a stellar cast for the historical drama, with I May Destroy You’s Paapa Essiedu starring as Anne’s brother and Tudor nobleman George Boleyn, and Lola Petticrew as Jane Seymour.
Anne Boleyn is coming later this month to Channel 5.
Credit: Original article published here.