Harriet Walter & Timothy Spall Join BBC & Masterpiece’s ‘Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light’

Harriet Walter & Timothy Spall Join BBC & Masterpiece’s ‘Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light’

Wolf Hall is coming back and bringing Harriet Walter and Timothy Spall along for the ride.

The duo are joining the cast alongside the likes of Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Jonathan Pryce, Kate Phillips and Lilit Lesser in the period drama for the BBC and Masterpiece PBS.

The six-part series is currently filming across the UK.

Succession star Walter will play Lady Margaret Pole, while Mr Turner star Spall is the Duke of Norfolk.

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Mark Rylance will reprise his role as Thomas Cromwell, while Damian Lewis will return as King Henry VIII. Also returning are Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey, Kate Phillips as Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour and Lilit Lesser as Princess Mary, the daughter of Henry and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. 

Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light will trace the final four years of Cromwell’s life, completing his journey from self-made man to the most feared, influential figure of his time.

Mantel died last year aged 70 and at that point director Peter Kosminsky said The Mirror and the Light would proceed as a “memorial” to the celebrated British author. The previous two books in the trilogy, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, were adapted by Masterpiece and the BBC into one 2015 series.

Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light will be directed by Kosminsky, adapted for television by Peter Straughan, and produced by Playground and Company Pictures. Executive Producers are Colin Callender and Noëlette Buckley for Playground, Kosminsky, Lucy Richer for the BBC, and Susanne Simpson for Masterpiece.

Peter Kosminsky said, “Casting director Robert Sterne has done a truly extraordinary job assembling the most stunning cast with which I’ve ever had the privilege to work. Led by Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, they’ve been drawn by the quality of Hilary Mantel’s writing and Peter Straughan’s adroit adaptation. Shooting in Tudor locations all over England and Wales, it is our privilege to bring Hilary’s last novel to an international television audience.”

Colin Callender, CEO of Playground, added, “Peter Kosminsky and our brilliant casting director Robert Sterne and his team have brought together a glorious cast with many of the original cast returning alongside some very exciting new faces.”