An all star cast has been announced for the BBC adaptation of Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.
Filming has already started for the Tudor series to be broadcast next year. Based on the books by Hilary Mantel, the series tells the story of how Henry VIII’s urges caused so much upheaval and bloodshed in Tudor times.
Charity Wakefield, known by many for her role as Marianne Dashwood in the BBC adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, will play the part of the other Boleyn sister Mary, who Henry wooed and bedded before the younger and much more ambitious sister Anne caught his eye, who will be played by Claire Foy. She might have lost out on the King’s love, but at least Mary managed to keep her head.
Henry himself will be played by Damian Lewis, a role I am really looking forward to seeing him in, as well as the fabulous Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey; a part he will no doubt shine in.
Mark Rylance takes on the part of Thomas Cromwell, with Saskia Reeves as his sister-in-law Joahne. They become close when Cromwell’s own wife dies.
Sherlock star and actual god Mark Gatiss plays Stephen Gardiner, Henry’s top civil servant, Anton Lesser is Thomas More and Joanne Whalley plays Catherine of Aragon, Henry’s first wife who was cast aside in favour of Anne.
As if that wasn’t enough stars on the list, we can also look forward to Ed Speleer, better known as footman Jimmy from Downton Abbey, as Edward Seymour and Olivier award winning Jack Lowden as poet Thomas Wyatt. The series will be directed by Peter Kosminsky, and I think you’ll agree, definitely looks to be one to watch.
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