Helen Mirren holds court as formidable Russian Empress in Sky and HBO’s Catherine the Great
the lavish backdrop of the politically ruthless 18th century Russian
court, this is the first image of Helen Mirren as one of the most powerful
female leaders of all time, in Sky and HBO’s original British drama Catherine
the Oscar® winner in the glittering and power-hungry court are Jason Clarke
(Zero Dark Thirty) as Catherine’s favoured statesman, military commander and
lover Potemkin, BAFTA winner Gina McKee (Bodyguard), as Catherine’s lifelong
friend and confidante Countess Bruce, and Rory Kinnear (The Imitation Game) as
Minister Panin, a skilful politician, advisor and governor to Catherine’s son
and heir Paul (Joseph Quinn).
Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge) also joins as Grigory Orlov, one of Catherine’s former
lovers who, with his brother Alexei Orlov (played by Kevin R McNally, Unforgotten),
orchestrated the coup that brought Catherine into power.
shooting in palaces and sets across Russia, Latvia and Lithuania, this
four-part epic will chart the latter years of Catherine’s 34-year reign, as she
builds Russia’s reputation as one of the great powers of Europe.
first-look image shows Helen Mirren as Empress Catherine in her private
quarters modelled on the original Russian palaces and surrounded by hand-copied
paintings from the Hermitage.
cast includes Clive Russell (Game of Thrones) as The Fool, Sam Palladio
(Nashville) as Catherine’s young lover Alexander Vasilichikov, Lucas Englander
(Genius) as Lieutenant Mirovich, Antonia Clarke (Les Misérables) as Princess
Sophie, Paul Ritter (Friday Night Dinner) as General Suvorov, Paul Kaye as
Pugachev, Thomas Doherty as Peter Zavadovsky, Raphael Acloque as Platon Zubov,
James Northcote as Alexander Bezborodko and Andrew Rothney as Alexander
Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I) and directed by BAFTA and Emmy® Award-winning
Philip Martin (The Crown), Catherine the Great is produced by Origin Pictures
and New Pictures. It is the third commission from Sky and HBO’s high-end global
The series will
air on Sky Atlantic and TV streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland next
year, and on Sky Atlantic in Italy, Germany, Austria and Spain. Sky Vision will
handle international sales and distribution.
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Notes to editors
the Great is executive produced by David M. Thompson (Woman in Gold, Death
Comes to Pemberley) for Origin Pictures and Charlie Pattinson (Elizabeth I, The
Missing, Skins) for New Pictures, Helen Mirren and Philip Martin. Jules Hussey
(Hooten and the Lady) is producing.
commissioned by Sky’s director of programmes Zai Bennett, Sky’s head of drama
Anne Mensah and commissioning editor for Sky drama, Cameron Roach. Sky Vision
will handle distribution rights.
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