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Royalty rules the spotlight with “Wolf Hall” Tony nominee Nathaniel Parker

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The British import,  “Wolf Hall”  just received 8 Tony Nominations including Best Featured Actor for Nathaniel Parker.

Tamsen met up with  the award winning actor at The Peacock in midtown to talk about returning to the Broadway stage and playing one of the most famous king’s in English history.

Parker won the Olivier for his portrayal of King Henry VIII in the London production.

It is a play in two parts, that transports audiences back to the volatile reign of King Henry.  It‘s a story of power and persuasion in the hands of the king and his loyal fixer, Thomas Cromwell.

It takes a lot to play Henry VIII,  from wearing a fat suit to costumes that weigh 40 pounds.

He also has a routine before each show.  Warming up with a little Frank Sinatra.

Related: The King’s Speech: First look with Tony Nominee Nathaniel Parker who plays Henry VIII in “Wolf Hall”

Before heading back to the Broadway stage he played opposite Helen Mirren in “The Audience” as Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  Parker said Mirren was brilliant.

He actually met Queen Elizabeth at a party for his God Daughter and says she has a huge presence.

Parker has wanted to be an actor since he was 9 years old when he saw his sister on stage at Cambridge University.

Playing Henry has been the highlight of Nathaniel Parker’s career, along with winning the Olivier and now being nominated for a tony.

“Wolf Hall” is playing at the Winter Garden theater through July 5.