Here’s a first look at Richard III from upcoming BBC drama The White Queen.
This comes as scientists revealed on Monday that DNA evidence has confirmed that human remains found buried beneath a car park in Leicester are those of the 15th century King, who was killed in battle in 1485.
Aneurin Barnard plays the ill-fated King in the ambitious 10-part tale, based on the War of the Roses, about the nine-year battle between two sides of the same family – The House of York and The House of Lancaster – over who is the rightful King of England.
The White Queen also stars Max Irons as the House of York’s young and handsome King Edward IV and Amanda Hale (The Crimson Petal and The White) as loyal Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort, who wants to see her young son Henry Tudor take the throne.
Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC drama, said: “One of the most ambitious series the BBC has made, this 10 part series is an epic drama that makes real history as gripping as the best fiction, featuring a cast of extraordinary new talent and some of our finest actors.”
The White Queen can be seen on BBC One in the spring.