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Hugh Michael Horace Dancy (born 19 June 1975) is an English actor and model.

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Hugh Dancy as the Earl of Essex

Clips of Hugh Dancy's performance as the Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex. From the drama 'Elizabeth I' (2005) starring Helen Mirren. I really enjoyed Dancy's performance as Essex and considerate it to be the best portrayal of Essex in a drama. About the plot shown in this clip -- Dr Roderigo Lopez was a Portuguese physician whose father was Jewish but had been forced to convert to Christianity. He studied medicine and settled in London in 1559. He became the physician for many notable people including the Earl of Leicester and Elizabeth I (from about 1581). Around the 1580s a series of anti-Protestant writings were produced against the Earl of Leicester and Lopez was also attacked in the works. He was accused of dabbling in poison and the subject to anti-Semitic remarks. Lopez became Walsingham's physician and helped Walsingham in matters of security (he was used as one of the negotiators between England and Spain). But when Walsingham died Lopez carried on the correspondence with the Spanish officials although he was not acting as a spy against the English. The Earl of Essex did not get along with Lopez. Lopez is believed to have discussed Essex's medical history with someone who in turn went back to Essex and told him of Lopez's breach of confidentiality. Essex was furious and appears to have developed a grudge against the physician. He interrogated several people around Lopez and tried to exploit Lopez's relations with Spain by making the correspondence appear <b>...</b>
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