Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cynthia Nixon Goes Back in Time for Medieval Miniseries 'World without End'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cynthia Nixon Goes Back in Time for Medieval Miniseries 'World without End'

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Nixon stars in medieval miniseries 'World Without End'

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For Cynthia Nixon, "World Without End" was a world away from the series she's best known for, "Sex and the City."

The medieval miniseries premieres Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showcase.

Forget slipping into a pair of Manolo Blahniks, says Nixon. "World Without End" is set in the 14th century, "before buttons were invented."

"We're all so modern nowadays and technological and all that stuff," says the actress on the phone from her home in New York City. There was nothing modern about the medieval world where "World Without End" was recreated. While it is set in England, the miniseries was shot on location in Hungary, with additional scenes shot in Slovakia and Austria.

The period sets "gave you some insight into what living in a village like that might be like," says Nixon, 46. "Of course, just a tiny little insight. We had trailers to go back to and they didn't."

Based on the Ken Follett novel of the same name, the historical drama is set in the 14th century, 150 years after another Follett adaptation, "The Pillars of the Earth." England and France are locked into the Hundred Years War, and the world is bracing for the Black Death.

Nixon plays Petranilla, ever scheming to raise her station in life. "She just gets nastier and nastier all under the cloak of seeming innocence and sweetness," says Nixon. "Finally, at the very end, she really reveals herself in all her horror which is a great thing to build up to."

Petranilla was a minor character in the book but screenwriter John Pielmeier wanted to create a real nemesis for Charlotte Riley ("Wuthering Heights"), who plays visionary named Caris who stands up to the Crown and the Church.

The miniseries features an international cast, with Canadians Megan Follows and Carlo Rota ("Little Mosque on the Prairie") joining American Nixon and English stars Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth and Tom Weston-Jones (now starring in "Copper").

Nixon plays the sister of Rota's character and the two traded parenting stories. …

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