period: Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr (1512–1548) was the sixth wife of Henry VIII of England; it was her own third marriage. During their marriage she was Queen Consort of England and Ireland. She was the most-married English queen, as she had four husbands.

That Catherine was his last wife and already twice widowed seems to blind filmmakers to the fact that she was only thirty one when she married Henry – and only thirty six when she died. Clare Holman and Joely Richardson were both over forty when they played Catherine and Rosalie Crutchley was fifty.

The movies

Henry VIII (2003): This was a low budget Granada mini-series which like BBC version of The Other Boleyn Girl left you wondering why they had – sort of – bothered. It’s main focus was the relationship between Henry and Anne Boleyn. Clare Holman portrayed Catherine Parr. Liz Tagg was the makeup designer.