The Last Czars, a new Netflix docuseries about the end of the Romanov dynasty, brings back a cast of familiar characters. There’s Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, their five children, and of course Rasputin, one of history’s most fascinating villains. The Romanovs’ story has been told and retold, presenting viewers with a new set of faces each time—each with varying degrees of accuracy to the real-life Romanovs. So, how does the cast of The Last Czars stack up? Here, all the major stars, compared to their historical counterparts.
1. Czar Nicholas II
Robert Jack plays Nicholas II, the Romanov patriarch. In the show, his beard is perhaps a little less curly than the real Czar’s, but it’s a good approximation nonetheless.
2. Czarina Alexandra
Susanna Herbert portrays Alexandra. She nailed the cheekbones and the pearls, but it seems that the real Alexandra’s hair was a bit more curly.
3. Prince Alexei
In the show, Alexei’s face is a touch less round, but he has the same boyish look.
4. Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia
Nicholas and Alexandra’s ill-fated daughters have about the right look and height in The Last Czars.
Actor Ben Cartwright certainly manages to channel Rasputin’s eerie vibe—and his physical impersonation isn’t bad, either.
6. Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich
Nicholas II’s uncle, the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, has more than enough bravado—both in the docuseries and in real life.