Jeremy Irons' period drama The Borgias has been cancelled.

The upcoming 16 June (13) episode will now serve as the series finale, network bosses at Showtime announced on Wednesday (05Jun13).

Irons earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Pope Alexander Vi in the Neil Jordan-directed series.

Jordan tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I never thought I would make a cable series and have enjoyed every minute of it. For a variety of reasons we won't be doing a fourth season... I want to thank Showtime for their unstinting support over the last three years, and look forward to working with them in the future."