Wolf Hall

  • Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell. Image by Giles Keyte.

    Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell. Image by Giles Keyte.

  • Caerphilly Castle

    Caerphilly Castle is one of the sites that appears as the Tower of London.

  • Castell Coch

    Filming for the series also took place at Castell Coch, near Cardiff.

  • Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. Image by Giles Keyte.

    Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. Image by Giles Keyte.

Hilary Mantel’s critically acclaimed novels (Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies) are the basis for this lavish six-part television drama starring Mark Rylance, Claire Foy and Damian Lewis.

Set in the early sixteenth century, Wolf Hall follows the ascent of Thomas Cromwell — the son of a blacksmith who, through guile and political skill, became a powerful advisor to King Henry VIII.

Filming for this major series took place at a variety of historic sites in the UK, including some castles in Cadw’s care. If you’re visiting south Wales, why not take in these atmospheric locations?

  • Caerphilly Castle, the giant thirteenth-century fortress built by Gilbert de Clare, can be seen in episodes four and six as the Tower of London.
  • In addition, filming for interior scenes at 'Calais Castle' took place at Castell Coch, the sumptuous Victorian getaway that William Burges constructed upon the ruins of a thirteenth-century castle.

Wolf Hall is a co-production of Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment for BBC Two and Masterpiece, in association with BBC Worldwide, Altus Media and Prescience.

Find out more about the series on the BBC’s Wolf Hall webpages.