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28 October 2014

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The Lost Prince

Prince John (Daniel Williams)

The heartbreaking story of the prince that history forgot.

Queen Mary (Richardson) and Stamfordham (Nighy)

Set against a backdrop of unprecedented upheaval in Britain, triple Emmy Award-winning The Lost Prince tells the very human story of a unique family and an extraordinary boy.

Acclaimed writer and director Stephen Poliakoff tells the little-known story of Prince John, youngest child of George V and Queen Mary, whose short life spanned one of the most momentous periods in history - the political build-up to the First World War and the machinations of European royalty in the early part of the 20th century.

His short life encapsulated such a fascinating period of history.

Stephen Poliakoff, writer and director

Diagnosed as an epileptic, and suffering from autistic-like learning difficulties, Prince John is unable to participate in public life and becomes increasingly isolated from his family.

Miranda Richardson portrays Queen Mary, the emotionally repressed mother of Prince John. A fundamentally inhibited character, she is a loving mother but has great difficulty communicating with her son.

Prince John (Matthew Thomas)

Michael Gambon plays Edward VII, Prince John's grandfather. He is a bluff, plain-speaking cove, with an unmistakable affection for the grandson who often blurts out home truths others are too genteel to articulate.

Tom Hollander takes the role of King George V, the deeply conflicted soul who is John's father. Fourteen-year-old Matthew Thomas plays Prince John from the ages of nine to 14. He beat 600 boys to the part of the royal son. Daniel Williams plays Prince John in the early years.


Miranda Richardson
Queen Mary
Michael Gambon
Edward VII
Gina McKee
Tom Hollander
King George V
Matthew Thomas
Prince John (ages of nine to 14)
Daniel Williams
Prince John (early years)


Stephen Poliakoff
Stephen Poliakoff

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