BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Lola Pettigrew helps us Queen Jane’s Seymour!

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Henry VIII’s third wife comes out of battle in the new TV series about her doomed predecessor.

Star-in-the-making Lola Petticrew said she cared just as much as she played Jane Seymour opposite Jodie Turner-Smith’s brilliantly royal Anne Boleyn.

“She’s definitely Machiavellian,” Petticrew said admiringly.

The 25-year-old actress spent a lot of time discussing with Lynsey Miller, director of the three-part prestige series that starts on Channel 5 on Tuesday, how to approach Seymour who, she said, “ has always been portrayed as this demure little mouse who has no personality. ‘.

“I thought that would be really boring to watch,” Petticrew told me. In fact, the show – simply called Anne Boleyn – is anything but boring.

It’s an engaging view, with Turner-Smith majestic and poignant; and Petticrew cunning as a vixen, wrapping Mark Stanley’s ruthless Henry around her little finger and plotting against Anne like a silent assassin.

Anne Boleyn (played by Jodie Turner-Smith) and Jane Seymour (played by Lola Petticrew)

The 25-year-old actress spent a lot of time discussing with Lynsey Miller, director of the three-part prestige series that starts on Channel 5 on Tuesday, how to approach Seymour.

The 25-year-old actress spent a lot of time discussing with Lynsey Miller, director of the three-part prestige series that starts on Channel 5 on Tuesday, how to approach Seymour.

“I thought that would be really boring to watch,” Petticrew (pictured) told me. In fact, the show – simply called Anne Boleyn – is anything but boring

“People may have underestimated her a bit,” Belfast-born Petticrew said of her character. Though seemingly innocent, Jane manages to survive and thrive in a court of intrigue. “They’re like a bag of snakes,” she said of the rival factions all vying for Henry’s favor. They had to be well aware that they could be cut off – gone! – just like that, ”she said, snapping her fingers for effect.

“You really had to position yourself, and be aware of what everyone’s position was, and where you fell in the ranks.”

“People may have underestimated her a bit,” Belfast-born Petticrew said of her character

Though seemingly innocent, Jane manages to survive and thrive in a court of intrigue

Though seemingly innocent, Jane manages to survive and thrive in a court of intrigue

Anne Boleyn (played by Jodie Turner-Smith, center), Henry VIII (played by Mark Stanley, left) and Jane Seymour (right, played by Petticrew)

Anne Boleyn (played by Jodie Turner-Smith, center), Henry VIII (played by Mark Stanley, left) and Jane Seymour (right, played by Petticrew)

Petticrew, who was on the sleeper hit Dating Amber with Fionn O’Shea last year (it’s on Amazon Prime), spoke to me on Zoom at the end of a long day of rehearsing in London for the movie Tuesday, which she described as a fairy story about a mother and daughter. Veep and Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays her mother.

She’s been a busy bee. Readers may recognize her as James Nesbitt’s daughter in the recent tense Bloodlands police procedure. She also appears in the BBC’s powerful mini-series Three Families.

And last year she filmed Wolf, along with George MacKay and Lily-Rose Depp. It takes place in a clinic for people with lycanthropia – a psychiatric condition where someone believes they can turn into an animal. “I’m Parrot,” Lola said matter-of-factly.

Readers may recognize her as James Nesbitt's daughter in the recent tense Bloodlands police procedure (pictured).  She also appears in the BBC's powerful mini-series Three Families.

Readers may recognize her as James Nesbitt’s daughter in the recent tense Bloodlands police procedure (pictured). She also appears in the BBC’s powerful mini-series Three Families.

Is it Okey Dokey for Loki?

Wunmi Mosaku has a graceful yet steely demeanor: qualities she employs when bombarded with questions about the highly anticipated Disney + TV series Loki, in which she plays Hunter B-15, who, as far as I can tell, is the Marvel god of mischief is.

Am I right? Mosaku smiled, shook her head and repeated her mantra, “I can’t tell you anything.”

The actress became a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fan after seeing Black Panther.

Her Hunter B-15 (a ‘badass’, she would reveal) is an officer of the TVA (Time Variance Authority).

And because the troublesome Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has messed with time, he is picked up by her. Mosaku did the pre-production stunt training, because B-15 is ‘ready for battle’.

Tom Hiddleston and Wunmi Mosaku in Loki.  During the lockdown, Mosaku was praised for her performances on BBC Film's His House (Netflix) and Lovecraft Country (NOW TV)

Tom Hiddleston and Wunmi Mosaku in Loki. During the lockdown, Mosaku was praised for her performances on BBC Film’s His House (Netflix) and Lovecraft Country (NOW TV)

During the lockdown, Mosaku received high praise for her appearances on BBC Film's His House (Netflix) and Lovecraft Country (NOW TV), pictured

During the lockdown, Mosaku received high praise for her appearances on BBC Film’s His House (Netflix) and Lovecraft Country (NOW TV), pictured

Reece Noi as Sean and Wunmi Mosaku as Stacey in Father and Son

Reece Noi as Sean and Wunmi Mosaku as Stacey in Father and Son

Mosaku and Hiddleston go way back; they studied together at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Hiddleston was two years ahead of her, while Gugu Mbatha Raw, another Loki star, was one year ahead of him.

During the lockdown, Mosaku was praised for her performances on BBC Film’s His House (Netflix) and Lovecraft Country (NOW TV).

Now living in Los Angeles with her African American husband, the Nigerian-born actress told me she misses her Manchester family (she hasn’t seen them since December 2019) ‘and goes to the theater’.

Mosaku (right) and Hiddleston (left) go way back;  they studied together at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).  Hiddleston was two years ahead of her, while Gugu Mbatha Raw, another Loki star, was above him a year

Mosaku (right) and Hiddleston (left) go way back; they studied together at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Hiddleston was two years ahead of her, while Gugu Mbatha Raw, another Loki star, was above him a year

She also misses crumpets. So much so that she made a few herself. She likes them with butter, raspberry jam and … Cheddar cheese. In response to my response, she laughed and said, “Sometimes I have them with marmalade. And Cheddar! ‘

She is now filming Call Jane in Connecticut with Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara and Elizabeth Banks. I’m pretty sure crumpets, jam and cheese are not on the movie menu.

Loki will run on Disney + from June 9.

The planned Abba tour, featuring ingenious youthful avatars from the group, has been dubbed Abbatar by film studio technicians, who painstakingly create holograms of the quartet using hours of specially-shot film from the foursome, from every angle.

The planned Abba tour, featuring ingenious youthful avatars from the group, is dubbed Abbatar by film studio technicians.  Pictured, Abba

The planned Abba tour, featuring ingenious youthful avatars from the group, is dubbed Abbatar by film studio technicians. Pictured, Abba

A special effects studio in London is working on the project, which is set to tour next year, without Abba himself ever setting foot on stage.

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