Henry VIII was born on the 28th June 1491 at Greenwich Palace, the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Henry's older brother died in 1502 which left Henry as heir to the throne. On the death of his father on the 22nd April 1509, Henry VIII became king of England.
Henry was seen as a clever and active young man, he spoke three languages fluently, he was an excellent sportsman too. He played tennis, he wrestled, he like archery and bowling. Henry also enjoyed hunting, jousting and hawking.
Henry, of course is also famous for his dealings with women, there were six wives and assorted mistresses who accompanied him through life.
The kings story has kept us enthralled for many years, his exploits viewed on the big screen and on television many many times. Lets have a look a who has played him over the years.