Princess Mary was the eldest daughter of Henry VIII and only surviving child of Catherine of Aragon. As the fourth crowned monarch of the Tudor dynasty, she is remembered for restoring England to Roman Catholicism after succeeding her short-lived half brother, Edward VI, to the English throne. In the process, she had almost 300 religious dissenters burned at the stake in the Marian Persecutions, earning her the sobriquet of "Bloody Mary". Her re-establishment of Roman Catholicism was reversed by her successor and half-sister, Elizabeth I.
A native of Dublin, Sarah Bolger has been acting since she was five years of age. She made her screen debut just two years later in the Irish drama A Love Divided (1999), which she followed with A Secret Affair. She starred recently in Iron Cross (2010) and The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008).
She came to international attention in 2001 in Jim Sheridan's semi-autobiographical In America, in which she starred opposite her real-life sister, Emma. Her performance as Christy — the eldest child holding together an emotionally shattered family — won her plaudits and many nominations around the world including 'Best Newcomer' at the Spirit Awards.
Alongside numerous appearances in prestigious TV drama productions in her native Ireland, Bolger recently appeared opposite Andie MacDowell in Tara Road (2005), and starred alongside Mickey Rourke and Bill Nighy in Stormbreaker (2006).