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Wolf Hall, BBC Two

Wolf Hall, BBC Two

Mark Rylance works rare marvels as Hilary Mantel's scheming Tudor fixer



Claire Foy in Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit (2008). “Dickens did just see her as homely, angelic and giving. I looked on her as a sort of a carer whose parent or child is ill. That made her believable in my head.”

Upstairs Downstairs (2010-12). Lady Persephone, posh little brown shirt based on the Hitler-obsessed Unity Mitford, tops herself in a dramatic exit from the second series.

The Night Watch (2011). Foy plays a troubled lesbian toy girl in an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel about heartache in the Blitz (pictured below with Anna Maxwell Martin)

Claire Foy and Anna Maxwell Martin in The Night WatchWreckers (2011). Foy is wife to Benedict Cumberbatch in fraught low-budget Fenland drama

The Promise (2011). In Peter Kosminsky’s epic historical drama, Foy plays Erin Matthews, an 18-year-old obsessed with investigating the story of the British soldiers serving in Palestine in the years before our ignominious exit.  “I just recognised quite a lot of things about me when I was her age.”

White Heat (2012). Foy is a feminist child of the Sixties who grows up to become Juliet Stevenson.

Hacks (2012). Guy Jenkin comedy inspired by the hacking scandal, in which Foy's feral tabloid editor Kate Loy is not remotely based on to Rebekah Brooks. A rare comic outing for an actress with natural funny bones.

Claire Foy and Victoria Hamilton in Love, Love, LoveLove, Love, Love (2012). In Mike Barlett’s played Foy played a child of a hippie baby boomer. “It’s the Philip Larkin thing: she really does believe her parents did fuck her up. I hope I’m not like she is when she’s 37." (Pictured, Foy with Victoria Hamilton)

Macbeth (2013). “Why does everyone think she’s so evil? My approach to every character is you essentially want to understand. They always have something they are fighting against. They have lost a baby and that’s the catalyst for everything.”

Wolf Hall (2015). Foy’s Anne Boleyn goes toe to toe with Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis.

The Crown (2016). Queen of all she surveys. Bring on series two.


I believe Saskia Reeves plays the sister-in-law to Rylance's Cromwell.

You may be right, Tom, except she's billed as Joan Broughton on imdb and Cromwell's sister-in-law is listed in Mantel's cast of characters as Johane Williamson. Very affecting scene when she weeps for Liz though (which rather backs up your suggestion).

Its still a book isnt it ?

Some of the shaky camera work took the edge off my enjoyment and the ghastly painted backdrop of a town in the distance betrayed some of the production 'values' employed. Acting is superb tho'.

Writing from the US, having just seen the first episode of Wolf Hall last weekend, I'm wondering if someone here can help me identify a character in the show. I believe he's an aide to Cromwell, but not Rafe or Richard. When Cromwell comes to see Wolsey after his move, he is walking down a hall but a young man interrupts him and gives him the news about Charles V's troops' sacking of Rome. Later in the episode, as Wolsey paces back and forth in the yard at Esher Place, Cromwell and this character are discussing the reasons for Wolsey's downfall. The young man says that Wolsey's mistake was in being too proud, but Cromwell thinks it was having made an enemy of Anne Boleyn. Can anyone tell me who that character is?

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