A new photo from the upcoming series Anne Boleyn shows Jodie Turner-Smith in character as the titular Tudor queen alongside her famous husband, King Henry VIII, played by English actor Mark Stanley.
The on-screen couple snuggle up together in the portrait, presumably portraying happier times in their marriage, Variety, which exclusively debuted the image, pointed out. Wearing a bold emerald gown, Turner-Smith's Boleyn rests her head on the king's shoulder as they sit on the throne together. The first images of the actress in the role were released in February.
Anne Boleyn, a three-part psychological thriller, is set to release on the U.K.'s Channel 5 later this year. It will follow the queen's final months through her own perspective, as she tries to secure a better future for her daughter and stand up to the patriarchal society in which she lives. Filming wrapped in Yorkshire last year, according to Variety. The first teaser for the project arrived yesterday too.
Turner-Smith, who starred in Queen & Slim, told ELLE magazine that with her role, she hopes to "tell the story of the woman who sits at the center of the myth, and make that story an accessible one—one that’s not entirely about class, but about humanity. Because whether a woman is a queen or a housekeeper, she is not exempt from any of the challenges and trials that women face in navigating their bodies, love, or the patriarchy."
She also addressed the importance of her casting in the role as a Black woman. "There’s an opportunity to tell a really human story and for it to feel that much more accessible because a Black woman is playing her," the actress said.