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Jacob Collins-Levy Reigns as Henry VII


Access Hollywood had the opportunity to talk with actor Jacob Collins-Levy early into his reign as Henry VII’s on Starz’s Sunday night drama The White Princess. He reigns during a time of unrest throughout the land, the newly-crowned king is ruling the kingdom from a place of fear.

“100 percent governing by fear, through fear,” actor Jacob Collins-Levy told when they asked him about how his character, Henry Tudor, is living and ruling ahead of Episode 2. “That’s exactly the place he’s moving from, I think. He’s completely out of [his] depth. He doesn’t know what’s going on.”

To prepare for the role Jacob read two biographies of the monarch as well as studied portraits of Henry Tudor.

“There were two that I looked at mainly – one of him when he was young, when he was the Earl of Richmond, and the other one when he was 50, maybe. Not long before he passed, so maybe late 40s,” Jacob told Access when they caught up with him again on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Starz’s “American Gods.” “And you kind of compare those two and try and come up with a kind of physical appearance of him and the way he moves and stuff just from what you can see depicted.”

Jacob also praised the costume designer, Phoebe de Gaye for helping him get fully into character. The costumes were integral to getting into the headspace of the monarch – from fitted armor, to the gigantic coronation robe.

“The entire costume helps you get into character,” Jacob said. “It makes you feel of the period and it makes you feel like the individual, it makes you feel like the character. So, I always find that stuff a blessing. It can be uncomfortable, but you kind of use that.”

The White Princess airs Sunday nights at 8/7c on Starz.




England is fractured, and it will take a royal wedding of mortal enemies – and all those “traitors” who fought against the Tudors to pledge loyalty to Henry VII – to repair it. As the vanquished King Richard’s heirs are delivered to Westminster Palace in London to stand before Henry and renounce their claims to the English throne, VIP Fan Auctions was busy claiming the flags adorning the Westminster great hall (pictured above) to offer to fans of the Starz miniseries The White Princess. Currently available are the Lion and Fish Crest flag as well as the John De La Pole House Crest flag (each measures nearly 6×6-feet). Claim a piece of royal television history – click here for photos and information on all of The White Princess auctions now available and join the bidding today!



There is a simple plan to bring peace to a fractured and warring England in the late 15th century: A royal wedding between “the White Princess” (her badge is a white rose) Elizabeth of York (Jamie Comer) and Henry VII (Jacob Collin-Levy). There’s just one problem – they hate each other – and the fate of the country rests on their ability to get along. The custom-designed sleeveless dress with lace-up front worn on-screen by the White Princess herself, “Lizzie,” in the first episode (aptly titled “In Bed with the Enemy”) of this adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s novel is now available to the fan who casts the winning bid at VIP Fan Auctions. Don’t miss your chance to own a signature piece of this British period drama (see the dress in photo above) – click here for photos and more information, and get in one the royal wardrobe auction today.



Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) wanted a war. The unflinching captain of the Walrus wanted it so badly that he would kill friends and enemies alike who dared stand in his way. He would steal, destroy and betray for his war – all to make England pay for taking away the one he loved back when he was known simply as James McGraw. To stop him from having his war, John Silver (Luke Arnold) couldn’t kill Flint – he had to “undo” him, the high-seas war-machine that McGraw conjured. The outfit Flint wore during the pivotal flashbacks (see above) as he trained and bonded with Silver in the final season of Black Sails is now available to the winning bidder at VIP Fan Auctions. For more information and to view the pirate costume, which includes Flint’s custom-designed shirt and pants, click here – and get in on the bidding for this key piece of Black Sails wardrobe today!



Anne Bonny may be the fiercest pirate – woman or man – ever to plunder the Caribbean. As loyal as she is vicious, Anne Bonny (played by Clara Paget in Black Sails) is, above all, fearless. She will take on a brute three times her size (and holding a sledge hammer) using nothing but her wits and two shards of glass to defeat him. She is even more deadly with a dagger and sword – and more cunning than most captains, soldiers and governors. VIP Fan Auctions is offering Anne Bonny’s signature long coat (see above) worn on-screen by her stunt double in Black Sails. The pirate coat is weathered from the sea with unique stitching and patterns that gives it an unmistakable style. Click here for photos and more information about this key piece of Black Sails wardrobe – and place your bid today.

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There may be no couple more loyal to each other than Captain Jack Rackham (Toby Schmitz) and shipmate Anne Bonny (Clara Paget) on Black Sails. The pirate pair are true partners in life and on the high seas – and they know each other well enough to “read between the lines” without writing in secret code, simply by knowing what the other would think and do in any given situation. Case in point: When Jack writes Anne a letter informing her that the Governor has figured out their plan and to return to Nassau for a pardon (see above), she instinctively knows to do the exact opposite – and he instinctively knows that she will do just that. It’s a pivotal letter that helps set into motion the revolution. VIP Fan Auctions is offering this screen-used letter, complete with Rackham’s calligraphic handwriting, along with several red seals for authenticity. Click here for photos of this important Black Sails prop – and claim your piece of pirate history today! But don’t delay – this auction is ending soon.



Captain Flint wanted a war. John Silver wanted love. Captain Jack Rackham (Toby Schmitz) wanted to a legacy – and as much as the other two legends, he may well be the pirate who saved Nassau. Throughout the course of Black Sails, Rackham’s defining quality was loyalty to those he loved and respected – Anne Bonny, Charles Vane, and even Blackbeard. And when all was said and done, he was the man who restored pirate rule over Nassau. As Rackham himself said, “What’s it all for if it goes unremembered? It’s the art that leaves the mark. But to leave it, it must transcend. It must speak for itself. It must be true.” VIP Fan Auctions is now offering a signature piece of Rackham’s persona in the form of three of his rings (pictured above) and a necklace he wore in the finale of Black Sails. Click here for photos and more information – and to get in on the bidding for this piece of a legendary pirate’s treasure!



Israel Hands (David Wilmot) may be the baddest man in the Caribbean. He sailed with Blackbeard, stared-down Captain Flint and kidnapped Long John Silver before joining the rebellion as his hammer-wielding right-hand man. In fact, Israel’s hammer might be the most lethal weapon in Black Sails – and certainly the most barbaric. He has driven its claw into the skulls, necks and torsos of numerous adversaries – and VIP Fan Auctions is offering his instrument of death and destruction to the fan who casts the winning bid. The hammer of Israel Hands is more than 1.5-feet long with an 8-inch hammer head. Best of all, the Black Sails prop hammer is constructed of hard rubber to keep from injuring any actual actors who crossed Israel’s path. Click here for photos and more information – and get a grip on Israel Hands’ hammer today. This auction is ending soon!



Captain Flint and John Silver are legends of the high seas – two pirates with vastly different backgrounds and personalities who grew to become the closest of friends. Silver (Luke Arnold), who became more like Flint than he might care to admit, and Flint (Toby Stephens), a force of nature who became Silver’s savior and mentor, were never more powerful than when joined together in a common cause. VIP Fan Auctions is offering two of the weapons that helped both men out of grave danger, including John Silver’s 15-inch screen-used dagger and Captain Flint’s gold-handled dagger (pictured above tucked in Flint’s belt) used on-screen in the final season of Black Sails. Click here to see all of the available Black Sails props, weapons and wardrobe items now available – and claim your piece of the epic pirate adventure today!



When you fly the black, the design of your pirate ship’s flag is as important as the branding of any business enterprise – especially when the captain is Jack Rackham. To assist him in his effort, Captain Jack enlisted the talents of a local artist named Charlotte (Angelique Pretorius), who provided him with the sketches that would ultimately define Rackham’s flag design. The set of those screen-used sketches (see photo above) are now available at VIP Fan Auctions to the Black Sails fan who post the winning bid. Click here for more information and photos, and don’t wait too long or someone else may land on the beach to snag it while your attention is directed elsewhere.