Damian Lewis becomes Henry VII

Damian Lewis in the hot and heavy costume of King Henry VIII on the set of Wolf Hall (Rex)

Damian Lewis in the hot and heavy costume of King Henry VIII on the set of Wolf Hall (Rex)

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Damian Lewis has been pictured wearing a frock coat and thigh-high leather boots for his latest role - as King Henry VIII.

The Homeland star plays the Tudor monarch in the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies.

Damian, 43, sweated it out in the heat as he filmed on location at Chastleton House in Oxfordshire, wearing a heavy frock coat layered over a lacy shirt, with red britches, a red codpiece, thick leather boots and a velvet cap.

The actor was snapped being shaded with an umbrella by a member of the crew as he had his make-up done.

The Jacobean country house was standing in for a Tudor residence. Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 - during the reign of James I, the nephew of Henry VIII, who died in 1547.

The six part series charts Thomas Cromwell's meteoric rise to fame from a poor life as the son of a blacksmith to Henry VIII's most trusted advisor, and Damian will star alongside Mark Rylance as Cromwell.

Other cast already confirmed include Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn, Mark Gatiss as Stephen Gardiner, Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Joanne Whalley as Katherine of Aragon.

The drama is due to air on BBC Two in 2015.

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