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The four-part limited series will follow Russian empress Catherine (Mirren) toward the end of her 36-year reign in the late 18th century and the intrigue and conflicts that surrounded her.
Clarke will play Grigory Potemkin, a Russian military commander who has a love affair with Catherine and becomes both her “favored statesman and lifelong friend.”
Clarke and Mirren recently co-starred in the film Winchester. The Chappaquiddick actor earned a SAG Award nomination in 2018 as part of the ensemble for Mudbound. His other credits include Zero Dark Thirty and The Chicago Code. Upcoming projects include First Man and Aftermath.
Catherine the Great is a co-production between HBO and British broadcaster Sky. Nigel Williams (HBO’s Elizabeth I) is writing the miniseries, and Philip Martin (The Crown) will direct. Mirren, Martin, David M. Thompson of Origin Pictures and Charlie Pattinson of New Pictures are executive producers.
Clarke is repped by WME, Robert Stein Management and attorney Carlos Goodman.
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