Anne Boleyn and colour-blind casting


Channel 5’s new Anne Boleyn drama’s launching with black actor Jodie Turner-Smith playing the doomed second wide of Henry VIII.

It’s another example of colour-blind casting in period dramas, following Bridgerton and the Great, but this time the character is a real, very well known, person.

The Evening Standard’s Katie Rosseinsky tells us why producers are increasingly hiring diverse casts for historical pieces, and why audiences appear to be supporting their choices.

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