Julianne Moore

First look pictures released of new salacious period drama Mary and George

Julianne Moore with fishnet veil and jacobean clothing

Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Nicholas Galitzine (Purple Hearts) will play Mary and George, the mother and son who schemed, bribed, and seduced their way from penniless minor gentry to the heart of Britain’s ruling classes.

Mary acts as a puppet master to her handsome and charismatic son, as she marries and murders his way into the English Court. Once there, George works his way into King James VI’s bed, becoming his ‘favourite’ and one of the richest, most trusted, and powerful members of the 16th century royal court.

Julianne Moore to take lead role in new series Mary and George

Julianne Moore with auburn hair in a grey jumper stands in front of a brown screen

The eight-part series, created by DC Moore, will tell the true story of Mary Villiers, played by Julianne Moore, who coached her son, George, on how to seduce King James I and become his lover. 

Through scheming and deceiving those around them, the pair rose from lowly beginnings to become the richest, most titled and powerful mother and son England had ever seen.