The Great series: Who is in the cast of The Great?

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The Great is a satirical drama series about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. Oscar-nominated writer, Tony McNamara, best known for The Favourite, is behind the series but who is in the cast? has everything you need to know about the Channel 4 series.

Catherine the Great – Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning stars as Catherine the Great in The Great.

Catherine the Great was the Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796.

Catherine was Russia’s longest-ruling female leader.

Fanning is best known for playing Princess Aurora in the Maleficent film series and Violet in Teen Spirit.

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Peter III – Nicholas Hoult

Nicholas Hoult portrays Peter III, The Emperor of Russia in The Great.

Peter II was the Emperor from January 5, 1762, until July 8, that year.

Peter and Catherine’s marriage was tumultuous and both were rumoured to have extramarital affairs.

Only six months into his reign as Tsar, Catherine organised his opponents to overthrow him to start her successful 34-year rule

Hoult rose to fame for his role as Tony Stonem in the E4 drama Skins.

He then went onto star as Hank McCoy in the X-Men film series.

His other credits include The Favourite, Tolkien and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Marial – Phoebe Fox

Phoebe Fox stars as Marial in The Great, as the series makes its way to Channel 4.

Fox is an English actress from Hammersmith London.

She is best known for her theatre career, starring in productions of The Acid Test, As You like It and There Is A War.

Fox appeared as Grace in Switch and as The Duchess of Savoy in The Musketeers.


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Grigory Orlov – Gwilym Lee

Gwilym Lee portrays Grigory Orlov in The Great.

Grigory Orlovled the coup which overthrew Catherine’s husband Peter.

For several years, he was effectively ruled alongside her as her lover.

Grigory is believed to have fathered Catherine’s son but his repeated infidelities and conflict with Catherine’s aides led to his downfall.

Lee most recently played lead guitarist Brian May in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

His other credits include The Tourist, A Song for Jenny, Jamestown and Midsomer Murders.

Vlad – Louis Hynes

Louis Hynes stars as Vlad in The Great on Hulu, Starz and Channel 4.

Hynes is an English actor, best known for his leading role as Klaus Baudelaire in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events.

His other credits include The Saint and Barbarians Rising.

During the current Coronavirus lockdown, he has started a podcast called Louis’ Lockdown Lowdown.

His guests so far have included Amybeth McNulty, Declan Mckenna and Elle Fanning.

Aunt Elizabeth – Belinda Bromilow

Belinda Bromilow plays Aunt Elizabeth in The Great.

Bromilow is an Australian actress, best known for her roles in the television series Doctor, Doctor, Spirited, Packed to the Rafters and Talk to Me.

Also in the cast are Adam Godley, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi and Richard Pyros.

The Great airs on Channel 4

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