One of her most notable roles was as Vannozza dei Cattanei, the mistress of Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia
who became Pope Alexander VI in the colourful 2011 Showtime series The Borgias
It was an infamous party held in the Papal Palace by debauched Cardinal Cesare Borgia
, son of Pope Alexander VI on October 30, 1501.
Richard Madden (Robb Stark from Game of Thrones) was gruff enough to play Mellors, Holliday Grainger (The Borgias
) was pretty and aloof enough for Lady Chatterley, and James Norton (Happy Valley) snobbish enough for Sir Clifford.
Now, if you were a fan of Showtime's three-season series "The Borgias
," you probably think you know quite a bit about the notorious Renaissance family of Spanish blood, raised to the highest levels of power in Italy.
Spaniard Rodrigo Borgia
is elected Pope Alexander VI and embarks on the consolidation and expansion of his power through ruthless ambition, political subterfuge and his four children.
Born as Rodrigo Borgia
, Pope Alexander VI is a subject of fascination for historians and critics of the church alike.
Not really but I'd heard of them and knew a bit about the renaissance - not in terms of what the Borgias
were doing, more in terms of architecture.
First they approached Chris Albrecht [formerly of HBO, now head of Starz] about doing a show about the Borgias
, and he knew that I have a fascination with the popes, being a half-assed Catholic.
He mentioned the Mafia and Machiavelli, and from there my mind strayed to the Borgias
- who have resulted in some wonderfully entertaining historical films being made over the years.
Business is still brisk at Prague's Barrandov with the second season of cable series "Borgia
," helmed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (not to be confused with Neil Jordan's Hungary-shot "The Borgias
") filming through fall, while Czech locations stand in for North Carolina in the Depression-set "Serena."
Joanne, 48, who starred in the Borgias
and political drama Scandal, will appear in Monster Butler.
D'Onofrio, who will also serve as editor, purchased the publication in April its from cofounder Paul Haskins and Alaine Borgias
Gieselman complains about one historical article and its length, apparently not realizing that the article has a direct bearing on the travesty of truth that appears on TV every week under the title: The Borgias
: the original crime family.
* THE Borgias
. Sky Atlantic's lavish new drama about the Renaissance Pope is compulsive viewing.