Oscar-winner Helen Mirren brings one of the world’s most infamous monarchs to life in the upcoming miniseries Catherine the Great, premieres next month on Fox Showcase
Mirren stars as the tumultuous monarch and politician who ruled the Russian empire and transformed its place in the world in the 18th century. The four-part historical drama follows the end of Catherine’s reign and her affair with Russian military leader Grigory Potemkin (Jason Clarke) that helped shape the future of Russian politics. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, Catherine develops a unique and devoted relationship with Potemkin as they overcome their adversaries and serve as architects of modern-day Russia.
Catherine the Great also features a stellar supporting cast including Richard Roxburgh as Catherine’s lover, Grigory Orlov, Joseph Quinn as Catherine’s son, Prince Paul, Gina McKee as the empress’s close friend and confidante, Countess Bruce and Rory Kinnear as Catherine’s long-time advisor, Ivanovich Panin.
Mirren, who won an Academy Award for embodying Queen Elizabeth in The Queen, said about the series, “She rewrote the rules of governance by a woman and succeeded to the extent of having the word ‘Great’ attached to her name.”
Catherine the Great is the latest project in the partnership between HBO and Sky Atlantic and is produced by Origin Pictures and New Pictures. Catherine the Great is exclusive in Australia to Foxtel.
Sunday, November 3 at 7.30pm, streaming on Foxtel and screening on FOX SHOWCASE.