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Trivia / Catherine the Great

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  • Actor-Shared Background: One of Helen Mirren's ancestors was a Russian aristocrat, though admittedly, Catherine was actually German by birth.
  • Dawson Casting: Catherine is 44 at the start of the series, and died at 67. Helen Mirren was 73 during filming.
  • Dueling Works: Premiered about 7 months before Hulu's The Great, a comedic series focused on a young Catherine prior to taking power. While Catherine the Great earned mixed reviews from critics (68% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (34% on Rotten Tomatoes, 6.2 on IMDb), The Great earned largely positive reviews from both (88% with Rotten Tomatoes critics and 82% from audiences, plus 8.1 on IMDb).