Michelle Fairley is taking on the role of Margaret Beaufort in the Starz limited series The White Princess, TVGuide.com has learned.
The series is a follow up to 2013's The White Queen and will chronicle England's War of the Roses from the perspectives of the women involved. Both series are based on the The Cousins' War book series by Philippa Gregory. Fairley will be playing the mother of Henry VII — a "mastermind behind [Henry's] ascent to the throne," a philanthropist and murderer.
That's bad news for Princess Elizabeth — Lizzie — of York (Jodie Comer) and is fated to marry Margaret's son. "The union brings Lizzie in direct conflict with Henry's strong-willed mother. As Margaret's influence over her son begins to wane and Lizzie's star rises, Margaret beings to unravel as the sins of the past and present weigh heavily on her conscience and her relations with Henry are at risk of potentially imploding," the network explained in a statement.
This, of course, isn't the first time that Fairley has taken on the role of a mother willing to do anything to see her son make it to the throne. The actress is perhaps most famous for her role of Catelyn Stark on Game of Thrones. Catelyn met her bitter, brutal end during the show's infamous Red Wedding episode after she and her son Robb (Richard Madden) trusted the wrong people to help him win the iron throne. If Catelyn had been more willing to commit murder for Robb rather than arresting their enemies would he still be King of the North?
Production begins on The White Princess in England later this year.