The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl is a 2008 historical romantic drama film directed by Justin Chadwick. The screenplay by Peter Morgan was adapted from Philippa Gregory’s 2001 novel of the same name. It is a fictionalised account of the lives of 16th-century aristocrats Mary Boleyn, one-time mistress of King Henry VIII, and her sister, Anne, who became the monarch's ill-fated second wife, though the film does not represent history accurately.


Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon has not produced a male heir. Their surviving child is Princess Mary, whom the King fears cannot successfully rule as a woman. Meanwhile, Mary Boleyn marries William Carey. Mary's uncle, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk and her father, Thomas Boleyn plot to install Mary's sister, Anne, as the King's mistress, hoping she will bear him a son and improve the family's status. Anne accepts.