The Beautiful Deception
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Episode still of Micheletto Corella
Episode number Season 2
Episode 3
Directed by Neil Jordan
Written by Jon Amiel
Advisories Adult language, adult content, nudity, violence
Air date April 22, 2012
Running time 56 minutes
Episode chronology
Previous 2x02 Paolo
Next 2x04 Stray Dogs

The Beautiful Deception is the third episode of season two, and the twelfth episode of the series. It was written by Jon Amiel, and directed by Neil Jordan.


Plot synopsisEdit

Alexander VI refuses to allow a Catholic burial for Paolo, despite his doubts about the stable boy's suicide, causing Lucrezia to embark on a hunger strike that threatens the life of her infant son; the French army heads back to Rome, allied with Sforza; Della Rovere slips back into the city unnoticed to launch a plot against the Pope's life.[1]


Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia
François Arnaud as Cesare Borgia
Holliday Grainger as Lucrezia Borgia
Joanne Whalley as Vanozza Cattaneo
Lotte Verbeek as Giulia Farnese
David Oakes as Juan Borgia
Sean Harris as Micheletto Corella
Peter Sullivan as Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
Colm Feore as Giuliano Della Rovere
Gina McKee as Catherina Sforza
Roger Lloyd-Pack as Friar
Michel Muller as King Charles VIII
Luke Pasqualino as Paolo
Ronan Vibert as Giovanni Sforza
Helen Bradbury as Nanny
Richard Rifkin as The Penitent
Bosco Hogan as Cardinal Alessandro Piccolomini
Mark Noble as French General
Kellie Blaise as Bernadetta
Edward de Souza as Doctor
Jemima West as Vittoria
Vernon Dobtcheff as Cardinal Julius Versucci
Carl McCrystal as Soldier
Edward Akrout as French Captain


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Sneak peeksEdit

The Borgias - Gun Powder

The Borgias - Gun Powder

The Borgias - Peasant Shoes

The Borgias - Peasant Shoes


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