Show Title: The Borgias


Described by: John Hauber Productions




Rodrigo Borgia: Played by Jeremy Irons. In his fifties, Caucasian, slim, almost lanky or gaunt, with dark hair and piercing eyes. Rodrigo’s expressive face communicates his emotions easily, whether he’s angry, bored or lustful. He’s normally dressed in the lavish papal vestments, but on occasion wears regular clothing when trying to blend among the crowd or travelling on horseback.


Cesare Borgia: Played by Francois Arnaud. In his late twenties to early thirties, Caucasian, slim and handsome. His hair is long, wavy and dark, his face almost always covered with scruffy stubble. In spite of this, however, his is handsome in an almost refined, not gruff or rugged way.


Lucrezia Borgia: Played by Holliday Grainger. In her late teens to early twenties, Caucasian, attractive, with long flowing blond hair and blue eyes. She’s curvy, with full lips and a rosy blush on her cheeks.


Vanozza: Played by Joanne Whalley. In her forties, Caucasian, slim and attractive with long dark brown, almost auburn hair, which she usually wears pulled back or in a bun. Normally quite stern-looking, but with a streak of mischievousness which comes across with a subtle smile or the darting of the eyes.


Giulia Farnese: Played by Lotte Verbeek. In her thirties, Caucasian, slim and attractive, with long, flaming red hair, cat shaped eyes and full lips.


Micheletto: Played by Sean Harris. In his forties, Caucasian, gaunt, with blond hair and either a fully beard or very scruffy. Has an intense frown, deeply set eyes and a generally forlorn expression.


Cardinal Ascanio Sforza: Played by Peter Sullivan. In his forties, Caucasian, slim, with short dark hair and dark eyes.


Cardinal Della Rovere: Played by Colm Feore. In his forties, Caucasian, slim to gaunt, but handsome, with greying hair that is receding to the point of balding, and a sharp, distinguished nose.


Caterina Sforza: Played by Gina McKee. In her forties, Caucasian, attractive, with long brown hair and a smile that is at times sultry, mischievous or fierce.





The Vatican: Entering through the large gates, into the main courtyard, a set of wide stone or marble steps leads to the entrance of the Vatican palace itself. Inside, a huge corridor is lined with wood panelled walls, with large windows set within. Normally, this corridor is guarded by soldiers. Of the many rooms in the Vatican, several appear recurrently on the show. Rodrigo’s chamber, ornately decorated but not excessively large, with a four poster bed that dominates it. The Papal chamber, with rows of intricately carved wooden chairs on either side, for the cardinals, and the Chair of St. Peter at the far end, for the Pope himself. The armoury, filled with lances, spears, shields and suits of armour. The Pope’s office, with a large desk at the centre.


The Borgia Villa: Entering through the gates into an inner garden, with a fountain at the centre, the building surrounds it, forming an atrium. Stairs around the perimeter lead upwards to the top level, where the large balcony wraps around the atrium. From the balcony, several doors lead to the different rooms and apartments.






Great attention to detail has been paid throughout the production of the show, but this is especially true of the wardrobe. The cardinals wear the red vestments and squarish red caps, the Pope wears white and gold-embroidered vestments. The soldiers wear period uniforms and armour. The women wear lavish, long dresses delicately embroidered.