Wolf Hall – The Real Cast

Posted By on March 4, 2015

Cromwell,Thomas HolbeinI’ve been receiving lots of questions about the historical personalities featured in the recent BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies so I’m currently working on some special articles on some of these characters, helped by Clare Cherry, Olga Hughes, Teri Fitzgerald and Beth von Staats. These articles will be published later this month and in early April, but for now I thought I’d share links to previous articles about some of Wolf Hall’s real cast.

There are thousands of articles on this site, so I’ve just picked a selection. I hope you find them useful.

Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury


Sir Thomas More

Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk

ThomasHoward, Duke of Norfolk

Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

Charles Brandon

Charles Brandon

Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford

George Boleyn, Lord Rochford

George Boleyn signature

Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire

Thomas Boleyn's brass memorial

Thomas Boleyn’s brass memorial

Mary Boleyn

Unknown woman said to be Mary Boleyn

Unknown woman said to be Mary Boleyn

Gregory Cromwell

Sir Francis Weston, Sir Henry Norris, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton

Man thought to be Sir Francis Weston

Man thought to be Sir Francis Weston

Jane Seymour

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Cardinal Thomas Wolsey


Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester

Bishop Gardiner

Stephen Gardiner

Sir Francis Bryan

Sir Henry Percy

Elizabeth Barton

Eustace Chapuys

Henry VIII

Henry VIIIThere are many, many articles on this website about Henry VIII and you can browse these by going to the Henry VIII category page, but here are a few:

Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn NPGThere are many, many articles on this site on Anne (obviously!) so use the category menu on the left hand side to browse articles on different aspects of her life. You may find these links particularly useful:

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