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10 Things You Really Need To Know About Wolf Hall’s Star Mark Rylance
It's the final Wolf Hall tonight and we can't stop talking about Mark Rylance...
As the sensational BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall comes to a triumphant end tonight (sob!) there are only two words on everyone’s (and when we say everyone, we mean the entire Marie Claire office) lips: Mark Rylance.
His dark, silent and brooding performance as the elusive royal power-player, Thomas Cromwell, has got us all hot under the Tudor ruff. And it isn’t down to the mead wine. So, just who is the man underneath the Tudor bonnet? And what can we expect from his next performance?
Here are just a few surprising things your really need to know about Wolf Hall’s star Mark Rylance…
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1. He may sound English, but did you know he grew up in the US? Born in Kent, his parents moved to Connecticut when he was two-years-old.
2. Mark Rylance made his name treading the boards. In fact, his first stage performance was in a 1976 production of Hamlet alongside his dad who played the First Gravedigger. Rylance would go on to command the British stage, making a name for himself at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1980s. Decades later he is now widely considered to be one of the finest Shakespearean actors of our time. Even Stephen Fry is a super-fan.
3. Did you know Rylance was made the first Artistic Director of the Shakespeare’s Globe? He fulfilled the role for 10 years, directing and acting in every season.
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