Homeland's Damian Lewis Is PBS' King Henry VIII

Damian Lewis PBS Henry VIIIDamian Lewis has gone from playing Abu Nazir’s pawn to England’s king.

Having wrapped a three-season on Showtime’s Homeland, the British actor next will play King Henry VIII in PBS Masterpiece‘s presentation of Wolf Hall.

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Directed by BAFTA winner Peter Kosminsky (White Oleander) and written by Academy Award nominee Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels charts the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell (played by Mark Rylance, The Other Boleyn Girl) in the Tudor court, from his lowly start as a blacksmith’s son to Henry VIII’s closest advisor.

Other casting includes Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) as Anne Boleyn, Jonathan Pryce (Cranford) as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Joanne Whalley (The Borgias) as Henry’s first wife, Katherine of Aragon.

Filming is underway in the South West of England, with an eye on a 2015 premiere.

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  1. Seth says:

    “PBS Masterpiece‘s Wolf Hall” otherwise known as BBC Two’s Wolf Hall.

    • S. says:

      He didn’t say “PBS Masterpiece’s Wolf Hall.” He said their *presentation* of Wolf Hall. Besides which PBS is airing what might be a co-production not unlike Downton Abbey. Americans are ultimately involved in DA’s financing, thus it’s able to compete at the Emmys. How do you know that’s not happening here, Seth? Ease up on the corrections department.

      • Danyelle says:

        Also this is a US sight aimed at US viewers, so of course they will put things in that context. My someone is fussy.

  2. Annie says:

    Good Lord that cast is amazing. I will definitely watch.

  3. Justsomeguy says:

    I’ll watch anything with Damian Lewis in it. He made Homeland the show it is.. or was. Bring it on.

  4. Ell says:

    mark Gatiss has also been added to the cast! Can’t wait. Superb casting

  5. Znachki says:

    Damien Lewis = great, Mark Rylance = OMG!!!! Looking forward to this.

  6. DanielleZ says:

    Fantastic. I’ll be watching this!

  7. Faye says:

    Looking forward to this. I love Damien Lewis and the rest of the cast looks great.
    Sorry to have lost him on Homeland but there didn’t seem another way for him to exit. His series Life ended far too soon.

  8. dman6015 says:

    Band of Brothers, Homeland, and now as Henry VIII in Wolf Hall. Nice little career he has going.