Trivia / The Tudors

  • California Doubling: Ireland for England.
  • Dawson Casting: The actor playing the Earl of Surrey is only six years younger than the actor who played the Duke of Norfolk, his supposed father.
  • Fake Brit: Princess/Lady Mary (Sarah Bolger), Thomas Boleyn (Nick Dunning), George Boleyn (Pádraic Delaney), Lady Rochfod (Joanne King) and Bishop Fisher (Bosco Hogan) are all played by southern Irish actors. The Duke of Norfolk (Henry Czerny), Thomas Culpepper (Torrance Coombs), Sir Francis Bryan (Alan van Sprang) and William Compton (Kristen Holden-Ried), among many others, are played by Canadians. Emma Hamilton (Anne Stanhope) is Australian. Wolsey is played by the New Zealander/Australian Sam Neill. Plus of course Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry, who is Irish.
  • Fake Nationality: Spanish Catherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy), Italian Pope Paul III (Peter O'Toole) and German Duke Philip of Bavaria (Colin O'Donoghue) are — guess what — played by Irish actors.
    • Joss Stone is English and plays a German. And, to her credit, she plays the accent incredibly well.
  • The Other Darrin: Anita Briem played Jane Seymour in season two; she was replaced in the role by Annabelle Wallis in season three.
  • Star-Making Role: Natalie Dormer and Henry Cavill. The Tudors got them the industry buzz that would lead to their eventual more audience-famous respective castings as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones and Superman/Clark Kent in Man of Steel.