Crossbones (2014)

Claire Foy is playing Kate Balfour (series regular)
The new legend of Blackbeard

CrossbonesTV Premiere: UK: TBA / US: May 30, 2014 on NBC
DVD Release: UK: TBA / US: September 2, 2014
Created by: Neil Cross

John Malkovich (Edward ‘Blackbeard’ Teach), Richard Coyle (Tom Lowe), Claire Foy (Kate Balfour), Tracy Ifeachor (Nenna Ajanlekoko), David Hoflin (Charlie Rider), Yasmine Al Massri (Selima El Sharad), Chris Perfetti (Tim Fletch), Peter Stebbings (James Balfour), Julian Sands (William Jagger),

Based Upon: The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard.
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 minutes per episode
Rating: UK: unknown / US: unknown

Plot Outline

It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of Santa Campana, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard (John Malkovich), reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. Part shantytown and part marauder’s paradise, this is a place like no other on Earth – and a mounting threat to international commerce.

Teach/Blackbeard has set his sights on the world’s first Longitude Chronometer, a device that will change society, sea-trade and global business. In a massive attack on an English vessel, Blackbeard attempts to steal the device, however, Tom Lowe, an English spy working undercover as the ship’s surgeon destroys the chronometer before it can fall into his hands. Taken as prisoner to Santa Compana island, Lowe must find a way to reassemble the precious device, all while trying to unfold Blackbeard’s plan… a plan that includes a threat to the English throne even worse than pirates…

From the award-winning creator of “Luther,” Neil Cross, and award-winning executive producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald (“Gladiator,” “Men in Black”) comes an extraordinary action adventure with an unexpected moral center where one can’t be sure whether the pirates or the British crown are the villains. One-hour drama.

Claire's Role

Formerly Lady Katherine Balfour, “Kate” was accused of high treason and forced to flee to the Caribbean to preserve her life. She has since fallen in with Blackbeard and used her education to rise in the ranks until she is now his trusted quartermaster. Kate works in the central warehouse in New Providence and manages the buying and selling of cargo and supplies for the pirate republic.

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Additional Episode Cast

The Longitude Chronometer, a device that will change the world, is stolen from HMS Petrel by pirates working for the legendary but supposedly long dead Edward Teach – better known as Blackbeard. On board the Petrel is Tom Lowe, an English spy working undercover as ship’s surgeon. Lowe’s mission is to prevent the Chronometer from falling into the hands of pirates – and if the opportunity should arise, to assassinate Blackbeard.

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Quotes from Claire

Kate is incredibly thoughtful and in control in comparison to me. But I think I really sort of understood her story. I think the fact that she sort of… away from home. She’s sacrificed a lot for the man that she loves. But she’s not necessarily getting what she needs in that relationship. And that Tom Lowe sort of comes along and they’re sort of kindred spirits in a way. Very complicated kindred spirits. I think she sees in him something that she’s sort of missing. And I just think she’s great. I mean that she’s not one of those sort of women who you’d expect necessarily to see in like a “pirate drama” but she’s like, she’s strong, yeah, but she’s not a cliché. I don’t think. That’s what I like about her. She’s not kind of. You’re surprised by her. First you’re surprised by her story, where she’s come from, that she’s technically sort of on the run. And you’re surprised by everything that she does.

She loves her husband like enormously. She sacrifices so much for him. I don’t think she does it in a way that she’ll say she’s a martyr. She’s not a martyr at all. If anything, I think she probably worries about the decisions that she’s made. Were they the right decisions? But she’s so brave that she wasn’t going to accept the life that was set out for her in London. So she’s made a massive, massive decision. And completely changed what she thought of herself.

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