Damian Lewis is the king in PBS’ Wolf Hall, but he’s not the star. After meeting his demise as Brody on Showtime’s Homeland, the 44-year-old English actor is getting the royal treatment and suiting up in opulent garb to play famous and often misportrayed Tudor tyrant Henry VIII.
But Lewis’ Henry is merely a supporting player in the six-part Masterpiece miniseries. Based on Hilary Mantel’s novels, the series aims its focus on the savvy Tudor adviser and fixer to the king, Thomas Cromwell (played by leading stage actor Mark Rylance). Wolf Hall begins its PBS rollout Sunday.