Mar.10 / 2015

50 Shades Of Grey Star Joining Reign As Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Actress Rachel Skarsten is going from the red room to the French Court. The 50 Shades of Grey actress, who played Christian Grey’s assistant in the BDSM film, has been cast as Queen Elizabeth in Reign.

While the historical figure has often been mentioned in the first two seasons of Reign, her role is role is becoming increasingly more prominent now that Conde is set to possibly marry the cousin of Mary Queen of Scots. Skarsten is set to make her debut as the Virgin Queen during the Season 2 finale of Reign and will be featured prominently in Season 3.

Executive producer Laurie McCarthy commented on the new character addition, saying “Elizabeth has also, without ever stepping onto our stage, loomed over our first two seasons as a forceful and intriguing presence. I have been dying to introduce her to our characters and our audience. Because no single character understands Mary’s unique circumstances more. No character is more of a threat to her happiness and her life. Elizabeth’s debut in the season finale is a catalyst for events in season 3, when Reign will chronicle the lives, loves and tribulations of three queens: Mary, Catherine, and now Elizabeth.”

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