Emmys cliffhanger: Will ‘Wolf Hall’ star Damian Lewis be latest to win award for playing Henry VIII?

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The entertainment industry is fascinated by the life of King Henry VIII, and for good reason. One of the most famous monarchs in world history, he had an outsize personality, established a new church and married six times. So it’s no wonder he’s been depicted so often on stage and screen: his story is ripe with drama. That has to be good news for Damian Lewis, who plays him in “Wolf Hall” and is nominated for an Emmy as Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. 

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This rich role of Henry VIII is a triple crown acting winner, having won an Oscar for Charles Laughton (“The Private Life of Henry VIII,” 1932), a Tony for Rex Harrison (“Anne of a Thousand Days,” 1949) and an Emmy for Keith Michell (“The Six Wives of Henry VIII,” 1972).

Just a few months ago, Nathaniel Parker contended at the Tonys for playing King Henry in the stage version of “Wolf Hall,” though he lost to another British leader: Prime Minister Harold Wilson, as played by Richard McCabe in “The Audience.”

Of course, Henry VIII isn’t the only monarch from the Tudor dynasty with a deep awards history. His daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, is an even more popular subject on stage and screen, winning an Oscar for Judi Dench in “Shakespeare in Love” (1998) and Emmys for Glenda Jackson (“Elizabeth R,” 1972) and Helen Mirren (“Elizabeth I,” 2006).

Will Lewis join the company of award-winning British royals? It helps that he’s already popular with Emmy voters, having won Best Drama Actor for “Homeland” in 2012. According to our predictions, he ranks third with 20/1 odds behind frontrunner Bill Murray (“Olive Kitteridge,” 1/2 odds) and dark horse Finn Wittrock (“American Horror Story: Freak Show,” 9/2 odds).

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