Wolf Hall: Series 1 (2015)

Series 1
Wolf Hall

Critics Consensus

Beautifully filmed and brilliantly acted, Wolf Hall masterfully brings Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels to life.



Critic Ratings: 52

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User Ratings: 0


Air date: Apr 5, 2015
Air date: Apr 12, 2015
Air date: Apr 19, 2015
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Air date: May 3, 2015
Air date: May 10, 2015

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Wolf Hall chronicles the life of Thomas Cromwell, based on the book series by Hilary Mantel. Witness Cromwell's rise of power in the Tudor household run by King Henry VIII.


Mark Rylance
as Thomas Cromwell
Damian Lewis
as King Henry VIII
Claire Foy
as Anne Boleyn
Jonathan Pryce
as Cardinal Wolsey
Bernard Hill
as Duke of Norfolk
Anton Lesser
as Thomas More
Thomas Sangster
as Rafe Sadler
Joss Porter
as Richard Cromwell
Hannah Steele
as Mary Shelton
Jessica Raine
as Jane Rochford
Edward Holcroft
as George Boleyn
Joel MacCormack
as Thomas Wriothesley
Tom Holland (II)
as Gregory Cromwell
Richard Dillane
as Duke of Suffolk
Saskia Reeves
as Johane Williamson
Luke Roberts
as Harry Norris
Mark Gatiss
as Stephen Gardiner
David Robb
as Sir Thomas Boleyn
Kate Phillips
as Jane Seymour
Will Keen
as Thomas Cranmer
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd
as Francis Weston
Ed Speleers
as Edward Seymour
Alastair Mackenzie
as William Brereton
Tim Plester
as Wolsey in Devil's Play
Max Fowler
as Mark Smeaton
Felix Scott
as Francis Bryan
Lucy Russell
as Lady Shelton
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Critic Reviews for Wolf Hall Series 1

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (26)

In the context of cartoony 21st-century television, this is quite dazzlingly restrained. What a palate cleanser. There's nothing else like it right now and it deserves to win a tonne of awards.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Watching Wolf Hall ... can be a bit like watching a chess game - a really shrewd and psychologically riveting chess game, but still.

Apr 9, 2015 | Full Review…

When it comes to PBS, the word "Masterpiece" is used rather liberally these days. But of all the myriad British exports to have been aired by the anthology series in recent years, Wolf Hall is one that truly earns the adjective.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Wolf Hall really is one of the genuine pleasures of the small screen this year, even if it doesn't initially make much of an effort (like Cromwell) to curry your favor.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Gorgeous, high-minded, beautifully acted and sluggish, it may be a stretch for those more accustomed to the Olivia Pope-Doug Stamper-Ray Donovan versions of fixers.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Yes, Wolf Hall has its moments if you have the endurance to wait for them.

Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's an elegant script, and not without a sense of humour. Even the title cards have a wry personality about them.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Rylance and Foy's back and forth is something to behold.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Elegant writing, coupled with a naturalistic storytelling, and the actors' comfortable feel for the material brings the world of Wolf Hall to life.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Wolf Hall looks beautiful. Every performance, from Bernard Hill's blustering Norfolk to Mark Gatiss' sly and smug Stephen Gardiner, are perfect.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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