A multi-million euro television drama series about Henry VIII made in Ireland has been nominated for a clutch of prestigious Emmy awards, it was announced today.
The Tudors, starring Cork actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, is up for four gongs at the television equivalent of the Oscars. The US Showtime-aired first series has been nominated for both Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series and Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series awards.
It is also in the running to win both the Outstanding Costumes For A Series and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music categories for shows recorded in Ireland last year.
The €29m series was shot at Ardmore Studios in Bray, Co Wicklow, and other locations around Ireland with the help of the Irish Film Board.
The Tudors focuses on the tumultuous early years of King Henry VIII’s nearly 40-year reign in England, where fathering an heir to the throne became one of his main pursuits.
The first ten episodes takes in his dalliances with female company, including Catherine of Aragon and the infamous Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded in 1536, accused of treason and adultery.
It also examines his political relationships with philosopher Sir Thomas More and Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, head of the Catholic Church of England during its break with Rome.
Filming for the second series is already under way in Ireland.
Rhys-Meyers is best known for his starring roles in Mission Impossible 3 with Tom Cruise and Woody Allen’s romantic thriller Match Point opposite Scarlett Johansson.
The actor shot to prominence in roles in Bend It Like Beckham and as a David Bowie-inspired glam rock star in 1998’s Velvet Goldmine.