Set against the iconic backdrop of the War of the Roses between The House of York and The House of Lancaster and Based on Philippa Gregory’s vivid bestselling historical novel The White Queen, This gripping Epic ten-part television adaptation is a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, which features The House of York’s young and devilishly handsome Edward IV (Max Irons – Red Riding Hood) who is crowned King of England with the help of the master manipulator Lord Warwick “The Kingmaker” (James Frain – True Blood, The Tudors). However when Edward falls in love with and secretly marries a beautiful young widow named Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), Lord Warwick’s plan for control over the English throne comes crashing down around him. Frustrated by the new Queen’s influence he will stop at nothing to maintain his grip on the King.
Meanwhile a staunchly loyal Lancastrian and highly religious women named Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) is Elizabeth’s most fierce adversary and would willingly lay down her life to see her young son Henry Tudor take the throne. The equally driven Anne Neville (Faye Marsay) also has her eye on the throne and finds her strength and ambition when she marries the King’s younger brother Richard Duke of Gloucester (Aneurin Bernard – Ironclad, Spring Awakening).
This thrilling story recounts their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history and get caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne between some of the most ruthless players in history who will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love. The cast also includes: DAVID OAKES (George Duke of Clarence), JULIET AUBREY (Countess of Warwick), ELEANOR TOMLINSON (Isabel Neville), FRANCES TOMELTY (Lady Beauchamp), MICHAEL MALONEY (Henry Stafford), CAROLINE GOODALL (Duchess Cecily), TOM MCKAY (Jasper Tudor), BEN LAMB (Anthony Rivers) and ROBERT PUGH (Baron Rivers),VEERLE BAETENS (Margaret of Anjou), NICK HENDRIX (Edmund Beaufort), LIZZY MCINNERNY (Lady Sutcliffe), LEO BILL (Reginald Bray), RUPERT GRAVES (Lord Thomas Stanley), SHAUN DOOLEY (Sir Robert Brackenbury), FREYA MAVOR (Princess Lizzy) and ARTHUR DARVILL (Harry Stafford).