All rise for ‘Princess Mary’

Emma Hamilton to play Mary Donaldson and Ryan Kane as Prince Frederik in new TEN drama project.


Actress Emma Hamilton, recently featuring in Last Cab to Darwin, has been cast as Mary Donaldson in the TEN telemovie Mary: The Making of a Princess.

Hamilton has also appeared in The Musketeers, Agatha Christie: Poirot and The Tudors.

Playing Danish Prince Frederik is Ryan O’Kane (Fat Tony & Co., Mr & Mrs Murder, Conspiracy 365, Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War and City Homicide).

TEN’s Head of Drama, Rick Maier, said: “Seeing is believing. We are blessed to have Emma and
Ryan on board for this compelling love story.

Mary: The Making Of A Princess will be a step by step insider’s view into exactly what happened when a young woman stopped for a drink with friends and met a real life Prince. The rest, of course, is history.

“Emma and Ryan will guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house. They are brilliant together, and we can’t wait to get started,” he said.

Executive Producer and FremantleMedia Australia’s Director of Drama, Jo Porter, said: “After a long and exhaustive search, we are thrilled to have Emma and Ryan joining us to play these much-loved and admired figures.

“These talented actors already have so much chemistry together; our team is standing by to physically transform them into the Mary and Fred the world recognises.

“Together with Producer Antonia Barnard, Writer Sam Strauss and Director Jennifer Leacey, we are going to create an intimate, romantic must-watch dramatisation of this real-life fairy tale.”

Filming on the project is due to begin on July 20.

It is due on TEN later this year.

She was a Tasmanian-born real estate agent living in Sydney. He was a Danish Crown Prince visiting Australia. They met in a pub and fell in love. Less than four years later, Mary Donaldson became Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark. Produced by FremantleMedia, this special television event will be filmed in Australia and Denmark.

5 Responses

    1. Of course not. Any head of drama is developing multiple projects at any given time. It’s hardly an exec’s fault if the Board does not free up more funds for commissions. TEN has been under pressure just to remain an ongoing entity.

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