Story of queen imprisoned in Sheffield to be told in new film and TV show

Adelaide Kane as Mary Queen of Scots in Reign
Adelaide Kane as Mary Queen of Scots in Reign
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The life of one of Sheffield’s most famous former residents is being brought to life in both a new film and TV series.

Mary Queen of Scots – who was held captive in Sheffield from 1570 to 1584 – is the heroine of Reign, a new American TV show which starts next month, and a Swiss movie released in November.

Reign, which will air on The CW channel, sees former Neighbours actress Adelaide Kane in the lead role.

A channel spokesman said: “Hidden between the lines of the history books is the story of Mary Stuart, the young woman the world would come to know as Mary Queen of Scots.

“The teenage Mary is already a headstrong monarch – beautiful, passionate and poised at the beginning of her tumultuous rise to power.

“With danger and sexual intrigue around every dark castle corner, Mary steels herself, ready to rule the new land and balance the demands of her country and her heart.”

Adelaide, aged 23, who played Lolly Allen in the Australian soap in 2007, said: “She was a remarkable woman. There is little of literature out about her personality. she was a witty, charming, very intelligent woman.

“She spoke six languages, she played two different instruments she rode, she hunted, she danced, and she played golf.”

French actress Camille Rutherford portrays the queen in Mary Queen of Scots, which will be released in Switzerland on Thursday, November 7.

Directed by Swiss film-maker Thomas Imbach, it is based on Austrian novelist Stefan Zweig’s 1935 biography, Mary Stuart.

Thomas said he was drawn to the monarch’s ‘boldness and passion’.

He said: “My main interest is not Mary as a queen, but as a woman.

“As queen, Elizabeth was more modern and Mary more old-fashioned, but as a woman Mary was far more ahead of her time, she fought to live her own passion, and that really impressed me. She wanted to have it all.”

His film spans all of Mary’s life, but focuses much of its attention on her early, turbulent years, in­cluding her childhood in France, her role as a young queen in Scotland and the political scrutiny she came under, as a Catholic monarch, from Protestant reformers in Edinburgh.