A Princess for Christmas
|A Princess for Christmas|
|Written by||Janeen Damian
|Directed by||Michael Damian|
Leilah de Meza
|Theme music composer||Mark Thomas|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Production company(s)||MediaPro Studios|
|Original network||The Hallmark Channel|
A Princess for Christmas, billed in the UK as A Christmas Princess (previously known as the Canadian title Christmas at Castlebury Hall and A Princess for Castlebury) is a comedy-drama film by Michael Damian. The film premiered December 3, 2011. It was Roger Moore's final performance before his death in 2017.
Jules Daly (Katie McGrath) becomes the legal guardian of her niece and nephew; Maddie (Leilah de Meza) a 7-year old funny girl and Milo (Travis Turner) a 15-year old rebel and troublemaking teenager. After Jules gets laid off at work, Paisley, the butler of Duke Edward, the children's wealthy grandfather, appears with an invitation for Milo and Maddie to spend the Christmas holidays with his employer. Jules initially refuses, but decides to go for the children's sake.
Arriving at the palace, Jules finds herself meeting Ashton, the brother of her sister's husband, and finds herself falling in love. Looking around she finds no Christmas trees and asks the Duke why there isn't any. He replies he doesn't like them. Jules, however, takes Maddie out to get a tree and then they all decorate it. Edward finds out and becomes furious until Maddie hands him an ornament. He then tells the butler to send invitations out for the ball.
Overhearing Ashton and Edward speaking disapprovingly of someone "untitled" and "crass" they'd rather not invite to the ball, Jules mistakenly believes it to be about her. When the staff accidentally burns Jules' dress, she takes this as an excuse not to attend. Jules, feeling unwelcome, decides to go back to the US early only telling the children. Despite their efforts to make her stay, she leaves, asking them not to tell anyone until she is gone. Mrs. Birch, the housekeeper, finds that Jules is missing, so the staff retrieves her.
Meanwhile, at the ball, Ashton verifies Arabella only wants him for his title. Jules arrives at the ball. When Ashton finds her, she says she is trying to not be an embarrassment. Confused, he asks for an explanation. From Jules' mistakenly interpreted eavesdropping, Ashton clears things up, and then they dance. Arabella and her parents unsuccessfully attempt to turn Edward and Ashton against Jules, then storm out. Ashton asks Jules to extend their stay, and she agrees. The family then goes and "catches Santa" putting gifts under the Christmas tree.
- Roger Moore as Duke Edward of Castlebury
- Katie McGrath as Jules Daly
- Sam Heughan as Prince Ashton of Castlebury
- Charlotte Salt as Lady Arabella Marchand du Belmont
- Leilah de Meza as Maddie Huntington
- Travis Turner as Milo Huntington
In August 2008, writer and director Michael Damian told OK Magazine that he was "working on a screenplay called Christmas At Castlebury Hall". The film was shot at Peleş Castle, Stirbei Castle, the Bragadiru Palace and at MediaPro Studios in Bucharest, Romania February and March 2011. The film's cinematographer is Viorel Sergovici.
On July 16, Michael Damian announced the film's new name: A Princess for Christmas.
MovieGuide Awards--A Princess for Christmas
|2011||Most Inspirational Television Acting||Grace Award: Sam Heughan||Nominated|
|2011||Most Inspirational Television Acting||Grace Award: Katie McGrath||Nominated|
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