Having played Queens Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Charlotte, and even Snow, Dame Helen Mirren is once again tackling the role of royalty. This time she's moving away from the British monarchs, though, and instead to Russian Empress Catherine the Great.
Catherine ruled Russia from 1762-1796, following a coup d'état when her husband died, and under her reign the nation grew to become recognised as one of the greatest powers in Europe.
The four-part miniseries, a co-production from HBO and Sky, will chart the latter years of her reign as she revitalised Russia. Pictured here in her chambers, Mirren certainly looks the part, and it looks like being the kind of grandiose, opulent contender to The Crown's, er, crown. Support comes from the likes of Jason Clarke and Rory Kinnear, with the series likely to hit in 2019.
NCTJ-qualified journalist. Most definitely not a racing driver. Drink too much tea; eat too much peanut butter; watch too much TV. Sadly only the latter paying off so far.
A mix of wise-old man in a young man's body with a child-like wonder about him and a great otherworldly sensibility.