Homeland star Damian Lewis will play King Henry VIII in the BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s bestselling historical novel Wolf Hall.

The six-part series charts the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell (played by stage star Mark Rylance) from blacksmith’s son to the King’s closest adviser.

Sherlock star Mark Gatiss and former Bond villain Jonathan Pryce will also star in the series, with Gatiss playing Secretary to the King and Pryce playing Cromwell’s early mentor and protector Cardinal Wolsey.

The main cast of Wolf Hall is completed by Little Dorrit star Claire Foy, who’ll be playing Anne Boleyn – whose marriage to Henry VIII caused massive conflict with the Vatican – and Willow star Joanne Whalley, who’s cast as the spurned Katherine of Aragon.

Wolf Hall is due to screen next year.