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'White Queen's Aneurin Barnard defends show's historical inaccuracies

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The White Queen star Aneurin Barnard has defended the show's historical inaccuracies.

The BBC show's supposed lack of authenticity has displeased some viewers and critics, who believe the series should portray the true events of the time.

David Bailey, ANEURIN BARNARD, We'll Take Manhattan

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Aneurin Barnard

The White Queen: Elizabeth Woodville (REBECCA FERGUSON)

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Rebecca Ferguson in 'The White Queen'



However, Barnard has claimed that the show would be "pretty boring" if it told the truth all of the time.

He told the Radio Times: "This interpretation is based upon historical events but it has to reach certain standards of entertaining the audience.

"What kind of scene will entertain them more than if we just played the truth? Because the truth can be pretty boring. You have to up the stakes and make something up or twist it to make it a little bit more exciting."

Barnard plays Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III) in the adaptation of Philippa Gregory's 2009 novel.

Max Irons as King Edward IV in 'The White Queen'

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Max Irons as King Edward IV in 'The White Queen'



The 26-year-old actor said he supports the series's more favourable portrayal of Richard III.

"Everyone thinks he's this hunchback, evil man and actually what they have to remember is that only comes from Shakespeare's plays, not from historical content.

"If you do your research on the actual Richard III, he wasn't a bad guy at all; he did many great things and was very loyal.

"The only downfall that Richard really had was that his brothers left the country in a bit of a state, but people were run by power and they didn't give a crap if he was loyal or not," he added.

The White Queen continues next Sunday (July 21) at 9pm on BBC One and premieres on Starz in the US on August 10 at 9pm ET.

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