After his researcher and mistress is killed, adultery is the least of Labour MP Stephen Collins’ (David Morrissey, pictures left, with John SImms) worries in the BBC series “State of Play.” And he definitely doesn’t have to worry about Ben Affleck upstaging him in the American film version. (BBC)
Queen Anne (Anne Parillaud) was more a political pawn than an actual politician, but her passionate affair with D’Artagnan resulted in the birth of both the corrupt King Louis XIV and his tragically imprisoned twin, Philippe. We don’t blame her -- how could you possibly resist Gabriel Byrne as a Musketeer? (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Though founding father Benjamin Franklin was very much a real politician, his personal life requires a bit of speculation today. Tom Wilkinson’s portrayal in “John Adams” skews toward the sexually laissez-faire. (HBO)
Burt Reynolds’ Dilbeck is more a caricature of the dirty politician -- and we mean dirty literally. We don’t want to think about a government official actually stealing a stripper’s dryer lint and covering himself in Vaseline. (Columbia Pictures)
Mayor Quimby’s many affairs are as much a satirical nod to modern politicians as his over-the-top New England accent. (FOX)
Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) is two for two on the dirty politician record: he goes to jail for abusing his position as Cook County State’s Attorney, and he has a habit of commissioning prostitutes. Fortunately, it isn’t that big of a deal in Chicago. (CBS)
Stanton (John Travolta) is a Southern governor, a political genius and a presidential candidate who just can’t keep it in his pants -- he ends up in bed with a librarian, an underage babysitter, a hairdresser and several others. Any resemblance to former president Bill Clinton is strictly intentional, as the character comes from reporter Joe Klein’s thinly veiled portrait of the Clinton campaign. (United Artists)
Again, we don’t see very much of the real Bill Mitchell, but look-alike Dave Kovic (Kevin Klein) gets called in for duty when Bill has a sex-induced stroke with White House staffer Laura Linney. At least Bill’s sub-par fidelity make it that much easier for Dave to woo first lady Sigourney Weaver. (Warner Bros.)
Where to begin with this one...
Feudal lords are as close to politicians as you get in a medieval landscape, and most of them have a hard time keeping it in their tunics. Let’s just say illegitimate children and incest are not a rare occurrence.
(Pictures: Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon, who has enough illegitimate children to start a football team, and Sean Bean as Lord Ned Stark, who seems like the paragon of restraint with only one illegitimate kid.) (HBO)
Sure, Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) doesn’t actually have a wife, but he is cheating on the Catholic church with one mistress after another. We’re going to disregard Pope Alexander’s non-fictitious existence due to Showtime’s highly imaginative storytelling. (Showtime)