Helen of Troy (2002)

Set in the 13th century B.C., the series starred Sienna Guillory as Helen, the Olympian-born, dazzlingly beautiful trophy wife of Sparta's King Menelaus (James Callis). Unhappy in her "marriage of state," Helen yearned for the companionship of the gorgeous young man whom she had seen only in a vision: Paris.

Director
John Kent Harryson
Production Companies
USA Network, Universal Studios, Home Entertainment
Executive Producer
Angela Mancuso
Line Producer
Michele Greco

Cast

 
Sienna Guillory
Helen
Matthew Marsden
Paris
Rufus Sewell
Agamemnon
John Rhys-Davies
King Priam of Troy
Maryam d'Abo
Queen Hecuba
Emilia Fox
Cassandra, Princess of Troy
James Callis
Narrator
Daniel Lapaine
Hector
Nigel Whitmey
Odysseus
Stellan Skarsgård
Theseus

Synopsis

 Set in the 13th century B.C., the series starred Sienna Guillory as Helen, the Olympian-born, dazzlingly beautiful trophy wife of Sparta's King Menelaus (James Callis). Unhappy in her "marriage of state," Helen yearned for the companionship of the gorgeous young man whom she had seen only in a vision: Paris (Matthew Marsden), the Prince of Troy. As luck would have it, Paris managed to "abduct" Helen and spirit her off to his homeland, where she was welcomed by his father, King Priam (John Rhys-Davies), despite the portents of doom from Paris' foresighted sister, Cassandra (Emilia Fox). Meanwhile back in Sparta, King Menelaus, his honor besmirched, declared war on Troy, thus beginning a ten-year conflict that would culminate disastrously in the incident of the Trojan horse. All of which greatly pleased Menelaus' covetous brother, Agamemnon (Rufus Sewell), who cannily exploited the war in order to emerge as King of the Aegean. Far more elaborate than any of the previous cinematic treatments of the Helen legend, this one was also a bit more sensational, with a number of gratuitous but enjoyable nude scenes.