Helen Mirren Confirmed For Catherine the Great

Sky has announced that Helen Mirren will play Catherine the Great in a four-part Sky / HBO co-production that delves into the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of the most powerful female monarch in history.

Catherine the Great wielded supreme power throughout Russia for nearly half of the 18th century – strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated, she was the definition of the modern woman.

The series will follow Catherine towards the end of her reign and her passionate affair with Grigory Potemkin. Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, this is a story of obsessive love. Unable to publicly marry and famously promiscuous, they develop a unique and devoted relationship, overcoming their adversaries and together shaping Russia as we know it today.

Helen Mirren said: “I am very excited by the possibility of embodying a woman from history who grabbed and then wielded great power. 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.”

Catherine the Great, written by Nigel Williams (Elizabeth I) and directed by Philip Martin (The Crown), starts filming later this year. It will air on Sky and HBO next year.