Wolf Hall: Series 1 (2015)


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


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Air date: Apr 5, 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 (42) | Top Critics (24)

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

The series is a robust and satisfying experience, one that doesn't skimp on the story's world-spanning political and religious intrigue, but keeps at its center one man whose calm gaze focuses the sweeping material and makes it feel manageable.

Apr 2, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Watch it for its engrossing storyline or simply as a masterclass from Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Wolf Hall has held us captive for six weeks. This is a rich and well-drawn presentation of Cromwell, whose Machiavellian character has been the focus of so many history books.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Streamlining a thousand pages of fiction into six dense hour-long episodes, this is a darkly-lit, finely acted and thoroughly compelling series that unfolds like a real-life house of cards.

Apr 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Though most of the episodes feature a smattering of foul language, the theological debates between Cromwell and More make Wolf Hall worthwhile viewing, even if we are left wondering at the deeper personalities behind the sumptuous court masks.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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