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The Great is a satirical drama series about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest-reigning female ruler in Russia's history. Oscar-nominated writer, Tony McNamara, best known for The Favourite, is behind the series but who is in the cast? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the Channel 4 series.
Catherine the Great – Elle Fanning
Elle Fanning stars as Catherine the Great in The Great.
Catherine the Great was the Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Catherine was Russia’s longest-ruling female leader.
Fanning is best known for playing Princess Aurora in the Maleficent film series and Violet in Teen Spirit.
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The Great airs on Hulu, Channel 4 and Starz (Image: HULU)
Elle Fanning plays Catherine the Great (Image: HULU)
Peter III – Nicholas Hoult
Nicholas Hoult portrays Peter III, The Emperor of Russia in The Great.
Peter II was the Emperor from January 5, 1762, until July 8, that year.
Peter and Catherine’s marriage was tumultuous and both were rumoured to have extramarital affairs.
Only six months into his reign as Tsar, Catherine organised his opponents to overthrow him to start her successful 34-year ruleInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Hoult rose to fame for his role as Tony Stonem in the E4 drama Skins.
He then went onto star as Hank McCoy in the X-Men film series.
His other credits include The Favourite, Tolkien and Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Great: Nicholas Hoult (Image: Channel 4)