The BBC and MASTERPIECE PBS have disclosed additional casting details for Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light, adapted from Hilary Mantel’s acclaimed trilogy and based on the final novel. Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Jonathan Pryce, Kate Phillips, and Lilit Lesser are set to reprise their roles in the six-part series, presently being filmed across England and Wales.
Harriet Walter (Killing Eve, Succession) will join the cast as Lady Margaret Pole, alongside Timothy Spall (Mr Turner, Spencer) portraying the Duke of Norfolk and Harry Melling (The Pale Blue Eye, The Queen’s Gambit) as Thomas Wriothesley.
Returning from Wolf Hall series one are Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Joss Porter, James Larkin, Richard Dillane, Will Keen, and Hannah Steele, reprising their roles as Rafe Sadler, Richard Cromwell, Master Treasurer Fitzwilliam, the Duke of Suffolk, Archbishop Cranmer, and Mary Shelton, respectively.
New additions to Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light include Alex Jennings, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Lydia Leonard, Charlie Rowe, Corentin Fila, Tom Mothersdale, Karim Kadjar, Lucy Russell, Will Tudor, Viola Prettejohn, Thomas Arnold, Jordan Kouamé, Agnes O’Casey, Cecilia Appiah, Ellie de Lange, Hubert Burton, Pip Carter, Josef Altin, Sarah Priddy, Hannah Khalique-Brown, Amir El-Masry, German Segal, Summer Richards, and Dana Herfurth.
Reuniting the creative team from the first series, which won BAFTA and Golden Globe awards, Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light will be directed by seven-time BAFTA award winner Peter Kosminsky, adapted for television by Academy award nominee Peter Straughan, and produced by Colin Callender’s Playground and Company Pictures.
Director Peter Kosminsky says: “Casting Director Robert Sterne has done a truly extraordinary job assembling the most stunning cast with which I’ve ever had the privilege to work. Led by Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, they’ve been drawn by the quality of Hilary Mantel’s writing and Peter Straughan’s adroit adaptation. Shooting in Tudor locations all over England and Wales, it is our privilege to bring Hilary’s last novel to an international television audience.”
Colin Callender, CEO of Playground, says: “Peter Kosminsky and our brilliant casting director Robert Sterne and his team have brought together a glorious cast with many of the original cast returning alongside some very exciting new faces.”
Set in May 1536, the series follows the aftermath of Anne Boleyn’s execution, with Thomas Cromwell navigating the treacherous political landscape under Henry VIII’s rule. Despite internal rebellions and external threats, Cromwell envisions a new future for England. Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light will explore the final four years of Cromwell’s life, depicting his transformation from a self-made man to a formidable political figure.
The six-part series will air on BBC One and iPlayer in the UK, with further details to be announced. Series one is available on BBC iPlayer in the UK and the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in the US, distributed internationally by Banijay Rights.