Blood, Sex & Royalty is a Netflix historical comedy-drama starring Max Parker as Henry VIII and Amy James-Kelly as Anne Boleyn.
Blood, Sex & Royalty is the upcoming Netflix historical comedy series set in the court of King Henry VIII. It follows the king’s attempts to annul his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, so that she can marry his lady-in-waiting, Anne Boleyn.
The series synopsis states that the show “provides a window into the lives of history’s deadliest, sexiest and most iconic monarchs.” Blood, Sex & Royalty features a cast of relatively unknown actors who will play the roles of royalty and nobles. This is where you may have seen the cast before:
Who is in the cast of Blood, Sex & Royalty?
Max Parker as King Henry VIII
Henry VIII, the King of England and serial husband is still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at the beginning of the series. He wants his marriage annulled so he can marry Anne Boleyn. Parker previously appeared on the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, playing Luke Posner, and Alasdair Newman on Casualty. He also played Mikhail Tanner in the fantasy series Vampire Academy.
Amy James-Kelly as Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn is an outspoken woman at Henry’s court and manages to get the king’s attention, causing a rift between the king and his current wife that will change England forever. James-Kelly played Maddie Heath in over 100 episodes of the soap opera Coronation Street and Jenny Delaney in the Netflix crime drama Safe. Her other roles include playing Grace in the crime drama The Bay and Suzannah Washington in the BBC historical drama Gentleman Jack.
Lois Brabin-Platt as Mary Boleyn
Mary Boleyn is Anne Boleyn’s sister and Henry’s lover, which could make things a bit awkward now that he wants to live with Anne. Brabin-Platt has appeared in the low-budget films Red Rage, Righteous Villains, Original Gangster, and Bull. She will appear in the upcoming video game adaptation Hitmen, the Christmas short film Deck the Halls, and the comedy thriller The Abomination.
Callum Coates as Cardinal Wolsey
Wolsey is the man tasked by Henry with ensuring his annulment from Catherine of Aragon, freeing him to marry Anne Boleyn. He may recognize Coates from his bit roles in Inside No. 9, Red Dwarf, The Witcher, Outlander, and The Crown. He also appeared in Gentleman Jack, playing Lord Stuart De Rothesay.
Stephen Fewell as Thomas Cromwell
Thomas Cromwell is Wolsey’s apprentice and the man who takes over the job on the King’s Great Business when his boss fails. Fewell played Archbishop Raymond DeGoth in the historical adventure series Knightfall, and Gray in the Netflix epic historical film The King. He also had a small role in the Starz anthology series The Girlfriend Experience.
John Lumsden as George Boleyn
George Boleyn is Anne’s brother: his fortune is intertwined with hers, and as she rises in status, so does he. Lumsden’s previous credits include a small role in Doctors and the television short Pancake, an uncredited role in the action sequel The King’s Man, and the role of Ziggy Malkiewicz in the crime drama Karen Pirie.
Sophie Boettge as Jane Boleyn
Jane was one of Catherine of Aragon’s ladies-in-waiting and was married to Anne’s brother George; she is believed to have been involved in the downfall of her husband. Boettge also only has one other acting credit, as she played Laurel in the dramatic short film The Escape Room.
Adam Astill as Thomas Boleyn
Thomas is a prominent politician at Henry’s court and the father of Anne: he uses his daughters to improve his family’s standing. Astill will be recognized for his role as Dan Hamilton on the medical drama Holy City and Anthony Harker on the soap opera Doctors. He also played Luke Browning on EastEnders and Mr. Hammond on the children’s shows Andy’s Safari Adventures and Andy’s Aquatic Adventures.
Nikhita Lesler as Lady Worcester
Worcester was Anne Boleyn’s lady-in-waiting and probably another of Henry VIII’s mistresses. Lesler has only one other screen credit to her name, having played Casualty Aliya Azad in an episode of Casualty.
Matas Dirginčius as King Francis
King Francis was the ruler of France for most of Henry’s reign: he tried to form an alliance with Henry, but the two nations disagreed over England’s turn to Protestantism. Dirginčius had a small role in the historical series Chernobyl, appeared in the miniseries The Gates of Riga, and played Tadas in the short film I Was Max.
Georgia Sansom as Marguerite D’Angouleme
D’Angouleme is the sister of King Francis and a friend of Anne Boleyn, who had spent much of her youth in France. Sansom’s only other role to date is on the comedy podcast series Curl Up & DI.
When is Blood, Sex & Royalty on Netflix?
The three-part series launched on Netflix on Wednesday, November 23; all episodes are available to watch now.