Prime Video falls for My Lady Jane

Prime Video falls for My Lady Jane

By Michael Pickard
April 25, 2024

First Look

FIRST LOOK: Emily Bader takes the title role in My Lady Jane, a Prime Video alt-fantasy drama set in a Tudor world where Lady Jane Grey avoids being beheaded and instead becomes queen.

Inspired by the book of the same name by Cynthia Hand, the series is described as a radical retelling of English royal history, one where King Henry VIII’s son Edward does not die of tuberculosis, Lady Jane Grey is not beheaded – and neither is her rascal of a husband Guildford.

At the centre of the series is the brilliant and headstrong Jane who is unexpectedly crowned queen overnight and finds herself the target of nefarious villains coming for the crown (and her head) in an epic tale of true love and high adventure, where the damsel in distress saves herself, her true love and then the Kingdom.

Newcomer Bader stars alongside Edward Bluemel (Killing Eve) as Guildford Dudley and Jordan Peters (Pirates) as King Edward.

Dominic Cooper (Preacher) plays Lord Seymour, Anna Chancellor (Pennyworth) plays Jane’s mother, Lady Frances Grey, and Rob Brydon (The Trip) plays Lord Dudley, Guildford’s father. Jim Broadbent (The Duke) plays the Duke of Leicester, Jane’s uncle.

Additional cast includes Henry Ashton (Creation Stories) as Guildford’s brother, Stan, and Isabella Brownson (Napoleon) and Robyn Betteridge (Wheel of Time) as Jane’s sisters. Kate O’Flynn (Landscapers) and Abbie Hern (Enola Holmes 2) portray the King’s sisters Princess Mary and Princess Bess respectively.

Máiréad Tyers (Extraordinary), Joe Klocek (The Dry) and Michael Workeye (This is Going to Hurt) also appear.

Launching on June 27 in more than 240 countries and territories around the world, the series comes from creator Gemma Burgess (Brooklyn Girls trilogy), who is the co-showrunner with Meredith Glynn (The Boys). Jamie Babbit (Only Murders in the Building) directs five of the eight episodes and is producing director.

Burgess, Glynn, Babbit, Sarah Bradshaw (Citadel) and Laurie MacDonald (The Ring) are executive producers.