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Regal role perfect fit, says Lewis

By Anthony Barnes

Actor Damian Lewis says his elite upbringing, attending a leading public school, helped to prepare him for his portrayal of a king in Wolf Hall.

The 43-year-old Homeland star, who plays Henry VIII in the forthcoming BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel, said his background has given him an insight into structure and social circles of royalty.

Lewis, who was a pupil at Eton, will be seen in the much-anticipated dramatisation when it launches on BBC2 later this month. He said: "I think there's no question it helps having had the kind of schooling that I've had to play a king. The sort of court structure, hierarchies, the way they're set up, it's something I feel I understand."

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