Master of Phantoms


Episode Info

Historical drama chronicling Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of Henry VIII. Anne's power is dissolving rapidly and her enemies are gathering. She argues with Jane Rochford but in her anger Anne divulges that the musician Mark Smeaton and the nobles Francis Weston and Harry Norris have all declared their love to her, a treasonable offence. Jane Rochford takes great pleasure in reporting these events to Cromwell, and further insinuates that her husband George Boleyn's unhealthy sexual appetite extends to his sister. Cromwell questions Mark Smeaton, who foolishly boasts of his exploits with the Queen and starts to spill other names including Norris, Weston and William Brereton. Cromwell now has enough information to act and these men together with Anne and George Boleyn are brought to the Tower of London. All are found guilty and are sentenced to death. But with so many heads removed, who now stands between Cromwell and the King?


Mark Rylance
as Thomas Cromwell
Damian Lewis
as 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
Jessica Raine
as Jane Rochford
Joss Porter
as Richard Cromwell
Hannah Steele
as Mary Shelton
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
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
Mark Gatiss
as Stephen Gardiner
Max Fowler
as Mark Smeaton
Felix Scott
as Francis Bryan
Lucy Russell
as Lady Shelton
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