Henry VIII's sixth and final marriage was also one of his longest, lasting five years. Catherine was closer in age to Henry and twice widowed when they married. She proved herself extremely capable as acting Regent when Henry was on the battlefield in Bolougne and was a much-loved stepmother to the King's three children. Her kind and patient nature was also in evidenced in her care for the King, whose ulcerated leg was by now a source of constant pain and discomfort.
Despite such qualities, she was not universally liked at court. She came close to being tried for treason when her enemies, notably Bishop Gardiner, attempted to prove that she was a committed Protestant. Henry also had his suspicions about her beliefs but she managed to convince him that she was loyal to the King and his Church and the charges did not proceed. Gardiner, on the other hand, was dismissed. After Henry's death she married Prince Edward's uncle Thomas Seymour, but died in childbirth soon after.
Joely Richardson is perhaps best known for her role as 'Julia McNamara' in the TV drama Nip/Tuck. Born in London to actress Vanessa Redgrave and the late director Tony Richardson, she had acting running in her veins and performed on screen and stage from a young age. After abandoning an earlier career ambition to become a professional tennis player, Richardson made her screen acting breakthrough in Peter Greenaway's Drowning By Numbers (1988) and came to American audience's attention in the 1991 comedy King Ralph. Among her many credits are the TV films Wallis and Edward (2005), Lies My Mother Told Me (2005), and the feature films The Patriot (2000), Event Horizon (1997) 101 Dalmations (1996) and The Affair of the Necklace (2001).