period: portrayals of Queen Mary I

Queen Mary I

Queen Mary I (1516–1558), also known as Mary Tudor, was Queen of England and Queen of Ireland from 1553 until her death. The actual date of her accession to the throne depends on whether or not you count the nine day (or then again possibly – more appropriately in the circumstances – thirteen days) reign of Queen Jane, Lady Jane Grey.

Whatever, Mary is remembered mostly for her attempt to return England from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism. To this end, she had almost three hundred religious dissenters executed; as a consequence, she is often known as ‘Bloody Mary’. In truth, both her father, Henry VIII, and her half-sister Elizabeth I probably killed at least as many heretics during their, admittedly longer, reigns.

In movies and TV shows Mary has often been a minor character either in the story of her mother, Katherine of Aragon, or of her half-sister, Queen Elizabeth I.

The movies & TV shows

Henry VIII (2003): Again Princess Mary (Lara Belmont) makes a brief – but defiant appearance. Liz Tagg was the makeup designer.

Elizabeth R (1971): Featuring Daphne Slater as Queen Mary. Coming soon …

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969): Is a version of the story of Anne Boleyn and Princess Mary (Nicola Pagett) appears briefly. Tom Smith was the makeup supervisor.