CW’s ‘Reign’ Finds Its Queen Elizabeth in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Alum

March 11, 2015 - Fifty Shades of Grey

Rachel Skarsten - H 2015

The CW’s Reign is finally introducing Queen Elizabeth I.

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The network has tapped Fifty Shades of Grey actress and Lost Girl alum Rachel Skarsten as a immature queen, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Skarsten will be a array unchanging in Reign‘s previously announced third season and initial seem in a arriving deteriorate dual finale.

“The impression of Elizabeth, Queen of England, a usually vital child of Henry VIII and a murdered Anne Boleyn, looms over Mary Queen of Scots for a generation of her life,” Reign exec writer Laurie McCarthy said. “Elizabeth has also, though ever stepping onto a stage, loomed over a initial dual seasons as a forceful and intriguing presence. I have been failing to deliver her to a characters and a audience. Because no singular impression understands Mary’s (Adelaide Kane) singular resources more. No impression is some-more of a hazard to her complacency and her life. Elizabeth’s entrance in a deteriorate culmination is a matter for events in deteriorate three, when Reign will account a lives, loves and tribulations of 3 queens: Mary, Catherine (Megan Follows) and now Elizabeth.” 

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McCarthy described Skarsten’s Elizabeth as a womanlike sovereign still in her 20s and early in her rule. The impression is a beautiful, deceit and dauntless brew of opposites: a immature lady hardened too shortly by life’s events, though exposed when it comes to love. A niggardly enemy riddled with care for her rival.

“With her introduction, a universe expands: The stakes grow even some-more heightened as we transport to another justice filled with a beauty of privilege, passion and intrigue,” McCarthy said. “The wait is over. Elizabeth is here. And I’m certain a assembly will acquire her into a fold.”

For Skarsten, a purpose comes after she played Tamsin on Syfy/the U.K.’s Lost Girl and some-more recently portrayed Christian’s assistant, Andrea, in Fifty Shades of Grey. The casting reunites her with The CW in a full-time ability following guest roles on Beauty and a Beast and The L.A. Complex. She’s repped by APA.

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