The Tudors (2007–2010)

Protestant Anne of Cleves 

Henry settles on Anne Of Cleves as his fourth wife but is disappointed with her attractiveness and blames Cromwell for his unhappy situation.


Jeremy Podeswa


Michael Hirst (creator), Michael Hirst


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... King Henry VIII
Henry Cavill ... Charles Brandon
James Frain ... Thomas Cromwell
Joss Stone ... Anne of Cleves
Alan Van Sprang ... Sir Francis Bryan
Sarah Bolger ... Mary Tudor
Max Brown ... Edward Seymour
Mark Hildreth ... Cardinal Reginald Pole
Simon Ward ... Bishop Gardiner
Anthony Brophy ... Ambassador Bishop Chapuys
Rod Hallett ... Richard Rich
Peter Gaynor Peter Gaynor ... Hans Holbein
Gavin O'Connor ... Shrewsbury
Andrew McNair Andrew McNair ... Thomas Seymour
Michael Hayes Michael Hayes ... Watchman #1


With a French fleet in the Channel, England needs an alliance with the Protestant League, hence Cromwell's endorsement of a wedding to German Anne of Cleves though the king is disappointed that she is less beautiful than her portrait, which fact reflects badly on Cromwell, who urged Holbein to lie in his painting. Brandon and Edward Seymour are amused at Cromwell's discomfort. Mary, a Catholic, is less than cordial to her new stepmother, though Elizabeth favours her. The king's putrid leg wound means that Anne finds him equally repulsive in bed whilst Bryan's obsessive pursuit of Pole once more ends in predictable and comedic failure. Written by don @ minifie-1

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17 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


At the welcoming reception for Anne of Cleves, Henry introduces each of his daughters as "Princess." However, by historical accounts, both Mary and Elizabeth were still considered by Henry to be illegitimate, he would never have accorded them such a title, as it would in effect be declaring them legitimate. Neither Mary nor Elizabeth ever regained the title of Princess, and continued to be known as "Lady" until they each in turn succeeded to the throne. See more »


Henry and Anne of Cleves' wedding night is fiction. For one, she never learned how to play his favorite card games; secondly, he was so repulsed by her, he never attempted to consummate the marriage. See more »


King Henry VIII: I find her body out of such sorts, disordered and indisposed.
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Version of The Tudors: Civil Unrest (2009) See more »


The Tudors Main Title Theme
Written by Trevor Morris
Performed by Trevor Morris
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