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Lady Jane Details


Lady Jane Grey, the 16-year-old girl who for nine days in the 16th century was Queen of England, is here portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter. Lady Jane Grey's sickly cousin, who becomes Edward VI upon the death of Henry VIII, is on the threshold of death himself. The Protestant powers-that-be, fearing that England will fall under Catholic rule, contrive to marry off Edward VI's most likely successor Lady Jane to the wastrelly Guilford Dudley (Cary Elwes), the future Duke of Suffolk. The dying Edward is coerced into naming Jane as his successor. Jane is forced to assume the throne, attempting to impose reforms on the corrupt Protestant government during her brief reign. A coup led by Jane's cousin Princess Mary (Jane Lapotaire) results in the ouster, and eventual execution, of Queen Jane and her consort. The story is told through anti-establishment themes; teen-agers Lady Jane and Guilford Dudley are seen as the only hope for a brighter future, making their deaths all the more tragic. An earlier version of the same story, Jane Lapotaire, was filmed in 1936. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:February 7, 1986


Helena Bonham Carter
as Lady Jane Grey
Cary Elwes
as Guilford Dudley
John Wood
as John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland
Michael Hordern
as Dr. Feckenham
Jill Bennett
as Mrs. Ellen
Sara Kestelman
as Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk
Patrick Stewart
as Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk
Warren Saire
as Edward VI
Joss Ackland
as Sir John Bridges
Ian Hogg
as Sir John Gates
Lee Montague
as Renard, the Spanish Ambassador
Richard Vernon
as The Marquess of Winchester
Richard Johnson
as The Earl of Arundel
Pip Torrens
as Thomas
Guy Henry
as Robert Dudley
Andrew Bicknell
as John Dudley
William Morgan Sheppard
as Executioner
Philip Voss
as Herald
Nicky Croydon
as Singing Maid
Gabor Vernon
as Jeweler
Stewart Harwood
as Tavern Keeper
Zelah Clarke
as Lady Anne Wharton
Alison Woodgate
as Wedding Dancer
Anna Gilbert
as Lady Robert Dudley
Adele Anderson
as Lady Warwick
Eliza Kern
as Wedding Dancer
John Abbott
as Manservant
Brian Poyser
as Under Treasurer
Krzysia Bialeska
as Wedding Dancer
Michael Goldie
as Porter
Clyde Pollitt
as Peasant Leader
Richard Moore
as Soldier
Robert Putt
as Steward
Carole Hayman
as Brothel Keeper
Denyse Alexander
as Dressmaker
Janet Henfrey
as Housekeeper
Philippa Luce
as Wedding Dancer


Trevor Nunn
Chris Bryant
Screen Story
Chris Bryant
David Edgar
Douglas Slocombe
Anne V. Coates
Allan Cameron
Production Designer
Martyn Hebert
Art Director
Harry Cordwell
Set Designer
Dave Perry
Costume Designer
Sue Blane
Costume Designer
Geraldine Stephenson
Sheila Falconer