Did you know?
Modern depictions of Catherine of Aragon seem obsessed with one aspect of her … she was ‘Spanish’. This means that she must have looked stereotypically ‘Spanish’, dark hair and eyes and olive complexion. It could not be further from the truth ….
Our primary evidence, through existing portraits and contemporary descriptions depict her with blue eyes, fair skin, and reddish-blonde hair.
It is a little sad (and a bit annoying) that those responsible for choosing actors to portray her seem to just ‘hear’ Spanish princess. Below is a short review (not comprehensive) of actresses who have portrayed Catherine:
Of the examples given above the only depiction that is close to what Catherine really looked like is Siobhan Hewlett. Thank you David Starkey (a renown English historian) for getting it right in his 2009 Documentary Henry: Mind of a Tyrant.