Wolf Hall Tea in Los Angeles

Afternoon Tea At The British Consulate Celebrating "Wolf Hall" Airing On Masterpiece On PBS
‘Masterpiece’ Series ‘Wolf Hall’ Celebrated with British Stars at Los Angeles Tea

 


The event:
 British Consul General Chris O’Connor hosted an afternoon tea Jan. 18 to celebrate “Wolf Hall,” the upcoming six-part TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels about Thomas Cromwell and King Henry VIII. The series is to premiere April 5 on “Masterpiece” on PBS.

The crowd: Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of “Masterpiece,” and Colin Callender, executive producer of “Wolf Hall,” cohosted the affair. They welcomed guests including the show’s director, Peter Kosminsky; its stars Mark Rylance, a much-acclaimed British stage actor and three-time Tony Award winner, and Damian Lewis, a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner for “Homeland.” Other guests were Joanne Froggatt, Laura Carmichael and Lesley Nicol of “Downton Abbey;” Eleanor Tomlinson and Aidan Turner of the upcoming British TV series “Poldark; Juliet Rylance of “The Knick;” Haaz Sleiman of “Killing Jesus;” Jason Isaacs of “Case Histories;” and Lennie James of “Critical.”

Afternoon Tea At The British Consulate Celebrating "Wolf Hall" Airing On Masterpiece On PBS
The scene: Surrounded by posters of the show…

Click here to read my whole story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. Scroll down the page to the photo gallery to see more pictures.

 

As an aside, an afternoon of tea sandwiches and petit-fours at the British Consul-General’s residence seemed an ideal way to commemorate a very British television series, especially one that’s based upon one of the best-known periods in England’s history.

As for me, I especially enjoyed meeting Damian Lewis, as I miss seeing him on “Homeland” since the writers killed him off at the end of Season 3. Nevertheless, he’s a busy actor. His role of Henry VIII aside, Lewis said he will be appearing on the London stage this spring in David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” and in the upcoming TV movie, “Billions,” in which he’ll play a big-time hedge fund manager.

 

Top photo: From left, Jason Isaacs, Damian Lewis, Mark Rylance and Lennie James at the Wolf Hall Tea in Los Angeles, celebrating the upcoming television series on Masterpiece on PBS. (Photo by Rachel Murray/ Getty Images for Masterpiece on PBS)

Afternoon Tea At The British Consulate Celebrating "Wolf Hall" Airing On Masterpiece On PBS
Second photo: From left, British Consul-General Chris O’Connor surrounded by “Downton Abbey” cast members from left, Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol and Laura Carmichael at the Wolf Hall Tea in Los Angeles, celebrating the upcoming television series on Masterpiece on PBS. (Photo by Rachel Murray/ Getty Images for Masterpiece on PBS)

Third photo: “Wolf Hall” executive producer Colin Callender spoke about the television series at the Wolf Hall Tea in Los Angeles (Photo by Rachel Murray/ Getty Images for Masterpiece on PBS)

 

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Wolf Hall Tea in Los Angeles

Published Jan. 19, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA