A Regal period drama with buckets of intrigue came to the capital yesterday evening with the premiere of Josie Rourke’s Mary Queen of Scots. Those attending the premiere were Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Adrian Lester, James Mcardle, David Tennant, Guy Pearce and director Josie Rourke.

The event was held at the Cineworld Leicester Square and the red carpet was rolled out for the new royal film, adapted by House of Cards’ Beau Willimon from John Guy’s book ‘Queen of the Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart’.

Ronan talked about her delight and surprise at being offered such a challenging leading role. She spoke of the friendship on set and how much she relied on the Scottish members of the cast and crew. Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie talks about the intimacy between the two lead characters. Jack Lowden opened up about his research he did, and how he admires the fearlessness of Saoirse Ronan and talks about his role in WWE Fighting with the Family, in which he stars with Florence Pugh and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

Gemma Chan loved that her character was so much of a survivor and that it was impossible to turn down such an intriguing story of the love and rivalry between the female characters. Neighbours’ Guy Pearce talked about working with fellow Antipodean Margot Robbie. Former Doctor Who David Tennant talked about his character and how it was telling the story of such a magnificent story of a legendary character

Scott Davis and Colin Hart were on the red carpet and conducted these interviews.

The film hits arrives in the US on the 7th of December, 2018, and in the UK on the 18th of January, 2019.

Mary Queen of Scots Premiere Interviews


Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.