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HE­LEN Mir­ren (pic­tured) wears a crown well – win­ning a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and an Os­car for her stun­ning trans­for­ma­tion as the ti­tle role in The

Queen and in her lat­est re­gal in­car­na­tion in this four-part se­ries, she brings both a majesty and a mean­ness to the role of Cather­ine the Great. Af­ter con­spir­ing with her lover Grigor ( Rake’s Richard Roxburgh) to have her sick hus­band King Peter III killed off, she seizes con­trol – only to have to fight off the many men who want the throne for them­selves. The fas­ci­nat­ing em­press was born a mi­nor Ger­man princess, So­phie Friederike Au­guste von An­halt-Zerbst, but did her best to em­brace her adopted coun­try, tak­ing on the more Ortho­dox name of Cather­ine. Per­haps wisely, she de­vel­ops a close re­la­tion­ship with an army lieu­tenant, Potemkin (Aussie Ja­son Clarke), who be­comes both her con­fi­dante, ad­viser and lover.


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