Blood, Sex and Royalty launches on Netflix in a week’s time and features stars from Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
The new docudrama, Blood, Sex and Royalty, hits Netflix on November 23 focussing on the high-stakes story of Anne Boleyn and her romance with King Henry VII. Taking on the role of Anne is Amy James Kelly, who is known for her role in Coronation Street, while Max Parker will portray Henry.
Actor Max is a long way from his Emmerdale character Luke Posner in the first-look trailer for the series.
In the clip, Max can be seen in regal garb with golden chains around his neck.
As Anne tries to reason with her husband in one scene, Max loses control as the King and snaps at his wife.
The series combines premium scripted drama with the insights of historians.
Anne is seen for the first time, not as the scheming temptress of previous histories, but as a daughter, mother, wife and most importantly, as a reformist whose radical and feminist views changed the course of history forever.
Speaking of joining the series, Max said: “People will be expecting to see the story they know about Anne Boleyn – the famous story we all know.
“You learn that Henry’s the bad guy and Anne Boleyn gets beheaded.
“But in this film, you learn so much more about their personalities – the reason why they did what they did.
“You get to see a lot of different sides to both characters.
“And you, as the audience, can decide who’s guilty for what happened. It’s super educational and I’m so glad I did it.”
On what it was like to portray the legendary King, the actor added: “It was really great. A fellow redhead!
“I have actually auditioned to play Henry VIII three times before this.
“If you look at the calibre – Eric Bana, Damian Lewis, Jonathan Rhys Meyers – they’ve all played Henry VIII – that’s a great alumnus to be part of.
“Throughout my career, I play a lot of nice guys and parts that are quite similar to me, so this was a real challenge for me to step outside the box and get my teeth in to some juicy drama. He’s got so many sides.”
Max explained every detail of the series was considered and even wore underwear similar to what the King would have donned.
“It was amazing to step in to these clothes, even the underwear we wore were just white pieces of cloth sewn together with string,” he recalled.
“That was educational in itself. It’s like putting on the last layer of your character.
“The costume gives you that extra boost. It was really great.
“You’d be sat at a banquet, there’s one hundred people in the room all wearing the same, it literally transports you back to that time.”
For history and drama fans alike, this is the perfect series to watch as the cold nights set in.
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