Spanish Princess, The: Emma Frost and Matthew Graham’s TV Series

A historical drama television limited series, The Spanish Princess was developed by Emma Frost and Matthew Graham for Starz.

Based on the novels The Constant Princess (2005) and The King’s Curse (2014) by Philippa Gregory, it is a sequel to the miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess.

It centers on Catherine of Aragon (Charlotte Hope), the eponymous Spanish princess who became Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII (Ruairi O’Connor).

Originally designed as a 16-part limited series, the first 8 episodes premiered on May 5, 2019. On June 3, 2019, Starz ordered the remaining 8 episodes, which will premiere in fall 2020 and conclude the story.

Teenaged princess Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Spanish rulers Isabella and Ferdinand, finally travels to England, to meet her husband by proxy, Arthur, Prince of Wales, heir apparent of Henry VII of England, to whom she has been betrothed since she was a child.

Unwelcome. she and her diverse court, including her lady-in-waiting Lina, who is of Moorish ancestry, struggle to adapt to English customs.

Catherine is horrified to learn that Arthur’s younger brother, the arrogant Henry, Duke of York, is the author of the romantic correspondence she has received.

When Arthur dies suddenly, her destiny as the one who will bring peace between Spain and England seems in doubt, until she sets her sights on Prince Henry.

Cast

Alicia Borrachero as Queen Isabella of Castile
Laura Carmichael as Margaret “Maggie” Pole
Daniel Cerqueira as De Fuensalida, the Spanish ambassador to England
Aaron Cobham as Oviedo, one of Catherine of Aragon’s guards
Elliot Cowan as King Henry VII of England
Philip Cumbus as Thomas Wolsey
Alba Galocha as Queen Joanna of Castile
Georgie Henley as Margaret “Meg” Tudor
Charlotte Hope as Catherine of Aragon and, later, Queen Catherine of England
Angus Imrie as Arthur, Prince of Wales
Stephanie Levi-John as Lina de Cardonnes, a lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon
Alan McKenna as Sir Richard Pole