Joss Stone playing homely wife in "Tudors"

Tue Aug 5, 2008 3:30am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - In her first major acting role, British soul singer Joss Stone will play Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in Showtime's drama "The Tudors."

The gig will likely be a brief one, as Anne was married to Henry (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) for about six months.

A daughter of a German nobleman, Anne was betrothed to Henry in a marriage treaty between the Cleves Court and the king's chancellor after Henry was shown a portrait of her.

Upon Anne's arrival in England, Henry was disappointed in her looks and soon found a legal way to have the marriage annulled.

According to Showtime, the upcoming season of the racy royal drama will follow the king as he weds Jane Seymour (Anita Briem) and then Anne of Cleves.

Stone, who burst onto the music scene in 2003 and has had three gold albums in the U.S., has been looking to cross over into acting. In 2006, she had a role in the fantasy feature "Eragon." She is working on a new album.

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<p>British singer Joss Stone receives a letter from a fan during her show at Luna Park theatre in Buenos Aires, June 11, 2008. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci</p>