Dream Fancast Film- Holliday Grainger as Queen Katherine of Aragon:
Catherine may have been the daughter of the Catholic Reyes of Spain but she had long, auburn or strawberry blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes, as can be seen in the portraits of the younger Catherine, rather than the typical dark looks and olive skins of Spaniards. These looks were inherited from her English Royal ancestors, women like her great-grandmother and name-sake, Catherine of Lancaster, and her great-great-grandmother, Philippa of Lancaster.
During her lifetime she was described as “The most beautiful creature in the world”and that there was “Nothing lacking in her that the most beautiful girl should have.” Saint Thomas More and Lord Herbert would reflect later in her lifetime that in regard to her appearance “There were few women who could compete with the Queen [Catherine] in her prime.”
Catherine was very much an ideal queen. She was supportive of her husband, and like him, she enjoyed music and dance. As queen, Catherine managed the royal household, cared for Henry’s linen and wardrobe, ran her own estates, and often supervised in royal business. She also took time and effort to provide the poor with money, clothes, food, and fuel in the winter. She was the only person Henry could confide to in the first few years of their marriage. For the first five years of their marriage, Catherine acted as the Spanish ambassador to England quite successfully on her own. She held off a Scottish rebellion in England while King Henry was off to war in France.