Mary Queen of Scots
Crowned the queen of Scotland before she was a year old, Mary added to that pedigree when her first husband became France’s king and she became queen consort in 1559. Despite that auspicious start, things didn’t go well from there. She later married her first cousin, Lord Darnley, a bad match that ended with his murder.
When she quickly married the Earl of Bothwell, who was suspected of orchestrating the killing, an uprising against the couple resulted in her being imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle. Forced to abdicate her throne to her year-old son, she failed in an attempt to wrest back the throne and fled for the protection of her cousin, England’s Queen Elizabeth I. Mary had once claimed to be the rightful Queen of England, a view embraced by Catholics. Perceived as a threat by her cousin, she was confined and ultimately executed for complicity in a plot to assassinate Elizabeth.
- Type of film
- Josie Rourke
- Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward
- Jane Robertson
- Beau Willimon (script), John Guy (biography)
- Production Designer
- James Merifield
- Principal Cast
- Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Gemma Chan, Jack Lowden, Martin Compston, Joe Alwyn
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Last updated 27th August 2017