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Henry VIII in Films and Television

This is a list of the movies which feature King Henry VIII of England as a character. The list is chronological, from the newest to the oldest. At the bottom of the page is a separate list of productions in which Henry VIII features as a supporting character. Movies, TV series, or comedy shows where he makes only a brief appearance as a minor character have not been included. For more, please visit IMDb.com.

Movie Poster Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant (2009) (TV DOC)

A documentary miniseries written and narrated by historian David Starkey. Follows Henry from his childhood to the end of his life.

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Movie Poster The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Wr. Peter Morgan (after Philippa Gregory)
Dr. Justin Chadwick

Starring Eric Bana, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson.

This movie is based on Philippa Gregory's fictional tale of the relationship between Anne Boleyn and her sister Mary, who had been the king's original mistress.

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DVD Cover The Tudors: Season 2 (2008) (TV)
Wr. Michael Hirst
Dr. Ciaran Donnelly, et al.

Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

The second season of this hit TV series follows the fall from grace of Anne Boleyn and ends with the king's marriage to Jane Seymour.

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DVD Cover The Tudors: Season 1 (2007) (TV)
Wr. Michael Hirst
Dr. Ciaran Donnelly, et al.

Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill.

The first season of this hit TV series follows the king's obsessive attraction to Anne Boleyn, his attempts to get a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and the career and fall of Cardinal Wolsey.

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DVD Cover The Madness of Henry VIII (2006) (TV Doc)
(National Geographic: Icons of Power)
Wr. Don Campbell and Doug Schulz
Dr. Doug Schulz

Starring Dan Astileanu.

88 min. TV documentary by National Geographic.

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DVD Cover Henry VIII (2003) (TV)
Wr. Peter Morgan
Dr. Pete Travis

Starring Ray Winstone, Helena Bonham Carter, Sean Bean.

This was a two-part TV movie for the BBC. It begins with Henry's obsession with Anne Boleyn and goes on to cover all six wives, the Pilgrimage of Grace and Robert Aske, and finishes with the end of his reign.

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DVD Cover The Six Wives of Henry VIII (2001) (TV Doc)
(US Title: The Wives of Henry VIII)
Dr. Denise Perrin

Starring David Starkey, Andy Rashleigh.

TV documentary miniseries for British Channel 4, which also aired in the US on PBS.

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DVD Cover Henry VIII (1991) (Opera)
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Dr. Peter Jourdan

French opera, the plot of which centers around the time period when Henry was trying to get a divorce from Catherine of Aragon to marry Anne Boleyn, and the resulting break with Rome.

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DVD Cover The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight (1979) (TV)
Wr. William Shakespeare, et al.
Dr. Kevin Billington Starring John Stride, Claire Bloom.

BBC's televised version of the Shakespeare play.
Hard to find.



VHS Cover Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972) (TV VHS)
Wr. Ian Thorne
Dr. Waris Hussein

Starring Keith Michell, Donald Pleasence.

BBC TV movie.

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DVD Cover The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970) (TV)
Wr. Maurice Cowan
Dr. Naomi Capon and John Glenister

Starring Keith Michell, Patrick Troughton.

Award-winning 6-part BBC television miniseries.

Clips on YouTube
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DVD Cover Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Wr. Maxwell Anderson, et al.
Dr. Charles Jarrott

Starring Richard Burton and Geneviève Bujold.

Based on Maxwell Anderson's play, the movie traces the courtship and marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

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Movie Poster The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
Wr. Lajos Biró and Arthur Wimperis.
Dr. Alexander Korda

Starring Charles Laughton, Merle Oberon, Robert Donat.

A classic, fictionalized accounting of Henry VIII's marital adventures, featuring the irrepressible Charles Laughton.

Watch selected clips on YouTube
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Poster Anna Boleyn (1920)
Wr. Norbert Falk and Hanns Kräly
Dr. Ernst Lubitsch
Starring Emil Jannings, Henny Porten.

This silent film tells the story of Anne Boleyn's love affair, marriage, and execution.

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Photo Henry VIII (1911)
Dr. William G. B. Barker
Starring Arthur Bourchier, Violet Vanbrugh, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree.

This British silent film was based on Shakespeare's play. Unfortunately, no copies are known to exist.





Henry VIII as a Supporting Character:



VHS Cover A Man for All Seasons (1988) (TV VHS)
Wr. Robert Bolt
Dr. Charlton Heston
Starring Charlton Heston, Sir John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave.

A TV movie based on Bolt's award-winning Broadway play about Sir Thomas More's crisis of conscience during King Henry VIII's divorce and his subsequent fall, being unable to concede to the royal supremacy.

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DVD Cover God's Outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale (1986)
Wr. Ben Steed
Dr. Tony Tew
Starring Roger Rees, Keith Barron.

A fervently religious movie about Tyndale, one of the first translators of the English Bible.

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DVD Cover A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Wr. Robert Bolt
Dr. Fred Zinnemann
Starring Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles.

Multiple Oscar-winning movie based on Bolt's Broadway play, about Sir Thomas More's crisis of conscience during King Henry VIII's divorce and his subsequent fall, being unable to concede to the royal supremacy.

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VHS Cover The Sword and the Rose (1953) (VHS)
Wr. Lawrence Edward Watkin, after Charles Major
Dr. Ken Annakin
Starring Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice.

Remake of the silent film "When Knighthood was in Flower", a fictional tale of King Henry VIII's sister, Mary Tudor, and her quest to be married to her true love, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Based on Charles Major's novel.

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VHS Cover Young Bess (1953) (VHS)
Wr. Jan Lustig and Arthur Wimperis, after Margaret Irwin
Dr. George Sidney
Starring Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton.

A fictional story in which King Henry VIII's daughter, Princess Elizabeth, pines after Thomas Seymour.

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Poster When Knighthood was in Flower (1922)
Wr. William LeBaron, after Charles Major
Dr. Robert G. Vignola
Starring Marion Davies, Lyn Hardin.

This silent film is a fictional tale of King Henry VIII's sister, Mary Tudor, and her quest to be married to her true love, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Based on Charles Major's novel.




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The Tudors

The Parents of Henry VIII
King Henry VII
Elizabeth of York

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Queen Catherine of Aragon
Queen Anne Boleyn
Queen Jane Seymour
Queen Anne of Cleves
Queen Catherine Howard
Queen Katherine Parr

The Children of Henry VIII
Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond
King Edward VI
Queen Mary I
Queen Elizabeth I


The King's Advisors
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
Thomas Cromwell
Sir Thomas More


European Monarchs
Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland
James IV, King of Scotland
James V, King of Scotland
Mary of Guise, Queen of Scotland

Mary Tudor, Queen of France
Louis XII, King of France
Francis I, King of France

Ferdinand II, King of Aragon
Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor


Popes
Pope Julius II
Pope Leo X
Pope Clement VII
Pope Paul III


English Nobility
Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk
Edward Stafford, D. of Buckingham
Thomas Howard, 3rd D. of Norfolk
John Dudley, D. of Northumberland
Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire
George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford
John Russell, Earl of Bedford
Thomas, Lord Audley
Richard de la Pole
Thomas Seymour, Lord Admiral
Edward Seymour, Protector Somerset


Clergy
Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio
Cardinal Reginald Pole
Bishop Stephen Gardiner
Edmund Bonner, Bishop of London
Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London
John Hooper, Bishop of Gloucester
John Aylmer, Bishop of London
John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester
Archbishop William Warham
Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester
Edward Fox, Bishop of Hereford
William Tyndale
Hugh Latimer
William Grocyn
Thomas Linacre


Historical Events
Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1520
Dissolution of the Monasteries, 1536-40
Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536
The Siege of Boulogne, 1544
The Sweating Sickness


Tudor Legal System
Common Law
Court of Common Pleas
Court of King's Bench
Court of Star Chamber
Council of the North
Attainder
Oath of Supremacy
The Act of Supremacy, 1534
The Act of Succession, 1534
The Ten Articles, 1536
The Six Articles, 1539


Royal Residences
Greenwich Palace
Hatfield House
Richmond Palace
Windsor Palace


Tudor Literature
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16th-century Renaissance English Literature


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