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BBC accuracy row erupts as Woke Hall returns after hiatus with new-look diverse cast

Wolf Hall, the BBC and PBS drama based on Hilary Mantel’s novels, is heading back to screens after a near-decade-long hiatus.

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Set in 16th-century England, Wolf Hall: The Mirror and the Light depicts Thomas Cromwell’s (played by Mark Rylance) rise to one of the country’s most feared and important figures during Henry VIII’s (Damian Lewis) reign.

According to the BBC, the final instalment in Mantel’s series “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.

“Cromwell is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a diplomat and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age.”

Rylance and Lewis will reprise their roles alongside the likes of fellow returning cast members Kate Phillips (as Jane Seymour) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster who will play Sir Rafe Sadler.

Among the newcomers to the cast is Sarah Priddy, a British actress of Bahamian descent who’ll take on the part of Lady Margery Seymour, Jane Seymour’s mother.

Elsewhere, Seymour’s sister-in-law Anne will be portrayed by mixed-race actress Cecilia Appiah whose CV includes roles in Hijack, The Chelsea Detective and Toast of Tinseltown.

Tudor courtier and poet Thomas Wyatt will be played by Amir El-Masry, an Egyptian-British actor who recently appeared in another BBC drama, Vigil.

Other cast members include Lilit Lesser as Princess Mary, Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey, Harriet Walter as Lady Margaret Pole, Harry Melling as Thomas Wriothesley, Timothy Spall as the Duke of Norfolk, Alex Jennings as Stephen Gardiner and Charlie Rowe as Gregory Cromwell.

According to the Telegraph, there is “no historical evidence that the Seymours had non-white heritage”.

The publication also claims the BBC hasn’t confirmed if it has adopted a policy for colour-blind casting for the aforementioned roles.

It is on record that several people of African descent were within the English population, including Henry VIII’s trumpeter, John Blanke.

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