British actor Edward Hogg has joined the cast of Showtime’s drama series The Borgias in a recurring role for its third season, UPBEAT Entertainment News Syndicate has learned exclusively. Hogg has been cast as Georges D'Amboise, a French Cardinal who also serves as King Louis XII's ambassador to the Papal States. My sources tell me that Hogg's character will appear in "a large number" of episodes that comprise season 3.
The actual Georges d'Amboise (1460 until May 25th, 1510) was a French Roman Catholic cardinal and minister of state. He belonged to the house of Amboise, a noble family possessed of considerable influence: of his nine brothers, four were bishops. His esteemed father— Pierre d'Amboise, seigneur de Chaumont, was chamberlain to Charles VII and Louis XI and ambassador at Rome. Georges' eldest brother, Charles, was governor of the Île-de-France, Champagne and Burgundy, and Councillor of Louis XI.
The Borgias was created by Neil Jordan and follows Pope Alexander VI, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the infamous Italian Renaissance family who builds an empire by bribing, buying and muscling his way into the papacy. The Emmy award winning drama series stars Jeremy Irons, Colm Feore, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Joanne Whalley, Lotte Verbeek, Sean Harris and Aidan Alexander. The show’s third season is poised to pick up from the events of the season 2 finale which saw Pope Alexander VI (Jeremy Irons) poisoned as part of a plot hatched by his rival Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere. Production on the ten episode third season is currently underway in Budapest, with Showtime eyeing a Spring 2013 premiere.