The Last Kingdom Cast in Real Life
The Last Kingdom Season 4 is about to start. Let's find out all about the lifestyle of its cast. Which actress loves driving so much that she took part in a rally? Why Alexander Dreymon feels related to his character? And which of the tough guys on the show loves binge-watching The Handmaid's Tale? Today we will tell you about the private lives of the actors from The Last Kingdom.
Emily Cox as Brida
The role of Brida, Uhtred’s best friend since his first days with the Danes, became an international breakthrough for Emily Cox. But the fact is that she has an extensive acting resume, although most of her projects were shot for German and Austrian television. But you might have spotted her as Claudia in the fifth season of Homeland.
Emily was born and grew up in Vienna, but she has British and Irish passports because her mother is Irish and her father is English. She realized that she wanted to be an actor when she was seven and starred in a school play. So three months after leaving school she took an entrance exam for drama school – and she never thought about a plan B.
Emily Cox is thrilled to play such a strong female character like Brida, whom she considers the first feminist. But what she loves most of all about The Last Kingdom, is the way they treat the historical reality of the Viking era, which was quite dark and violent.
And the actors also feel it, in a way. Emily recalls a day when the shooting process was especially hard for her - she had to lie in the mud under the pouring rain. Brida is a thinker, a strategist, and an analyst, but she's also a fierce fighter who can stand up for herself.
Emily Cox revealed that she enjoys doing stunts and wielding weapons on set. This is probably because she has done physical stuff before: Cox has been into practicing Krav Maga for about a year and also did quite a lot of dancing when she was a teenager.
Moreover, Cox is proud to be the best horse rider on the show. And off-screen Cox really enjoys driving. Two years ago she even took part in the Klassik Tour Kronberg Rally, driving an Opel GT.
David Dawson as King Alfred
King Alfred is one of the defining characters in The Last Kingdom, and fans really came to like him – even though, in his own way, he is as ruthless as any Viking. Some fans even say that the actor behind the character, David Dawson, and his convincing performance became the reason they started watching the series.
Dawson has an impressive acting CV - both on camera and on stage. More importantly, he has been in numerous period shows, with roles in Peaky Blinders, Banished and Ripper Street under his belt. Yet in The Last Kingdom, he went even further back in time, playing one of a few characters who was actually a real person.
David loves to play complex personalities, and even calls himself a ‘history nerd’: “I am fascinated by these different eras and the way society was.” explains the actor. He was impressed by the story of a king who became Alfred The Great, despite being physically frail.
Dawson calls his character a “fiercely intelligent diplomat”, who can be the most dangerous person in a room full of skilled warriors. But still, David prefers the theater to both big and small screens:
“I love theatre and I always want to make sure that I go back to the theatre.” – the actor says.
But if the next role offered to him is challenging, he will most certainly take the risk. Apart from acting, David Dawson is also a writer. Being a huge fan of horror and gothic fiction, in an interview, he revealed that he wrote a novel “in that vein”, but has yet to “pluck up the courage” to try and get a publisher.
Magnus Bruun as Cnut
This Danish actor only joined the cast of The Last Kingdom in Season 3, but he became one of the most powerful characters on the show. Moreover, playing Cnut has deeply impressed Magnus Bruun himself!
"I’ve done all kinds of shows, features and all that, but this is just huge." – the actor reveals. - "You come to set, and they have an army waiting for you. I haven’t had an army before.”
Magnus enjoys being on the show, although he was a bit stressed while filming his first episodes. Because he joined the series in the middle of its run, he felt that he had to prove his worth on the show.
The actor also revealed that the toughest scenes to shoot for him were those involving horses. Amazingly, his stunt horse's name on the show was Satan (!), and it was the laziest one of all the horses they had on season 3. Thankfully, in the upcoming season 4, Cnut will ride a totally different horse – a big, black stallion, which is much more suitable for the great warlord.
Although Magnus is devoted to The Last Kingdom, it’s not his only project. While filming the fourth season, he’s been able to do two Danish series and a feature film. But life isn’t all about work: in his spare time Bruun likes binge-watching TV series with his wife, and their most recent favorites are The Handmaid’s Tale, Mindhunter and The Affair.
Magnus has two children – a son, who has just turned four years old, and a newborn daughter. He couldn’t attend the wrap party for Season 4 because he had to go back home to Denmark to take care of his family. So the production team from The Last Kingdom sent him a super-cute baby bodysuit, bearing the legendary saying: “My daddy is a Viking”!
Music and cooking also play a big part in Bruun’s life. He says that cooking is like therapy for him and helps him de-stress. As for music, he prefers old school vinyl, and likes going to concerts. Finally, Bruun considers himself a climate activist, although he calls himself “just a small fish” in the group of people trying to fight for our world.
Millie Brady as Aethelflaed
The actress began her career only six years ago, but all of her projects are definitely worth mentioning: Mr Selfridge, Legend, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur.
“I think I’ve been really lucky,’ - Millie says. ‘I’ve always wanted to play gutsy characters who are a bit different from the norm.”
Apart from acting, she also has a passion for art. Her mother is an artist, and, having grown up around art, Millie decided to study art history. Brady also has experience in modeling: she worked as a model during summer holidays from school to save money for acting. And fashion is still a part of her life: “I think fashion does come a lot into what I do.” she says.
For example, while getting ready for auditions, Brady always makes a nod to the era the show is set in. Millie also notes that she has an “Old English face”, which helps her get roles in period dramas. But so far, her heart belongs to The Last Kingdom, because it allows her to play a character that evolves with each season.
From a sweet girl she has grown into a “quite ruthless” young woman, who is in a toxic relationship. Millie Brady considers it really important to show all aspects of her character: “It is a lot more real to show someone who has come through the horrors of life and is able to move through it and move with it.” And that’s one of those things that drew Millie to Aethelflaed.
The other thing Brady loves about being a part of The Last Kingdom is that none of the characters is a “stereotypical hero or baddy.” The characters of Alexander Dreymon and Millie Brady have a unique chemistry that is really hard to deny. But could they actually end up together? We hope to get the answer to this question in the upcoming Season 4.
Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred
The lead in the hit series reveals that he actually feels really connected to the story of Uhtred. Alexander Dreymon was born in Germany, but with his teacher mother, he lived all over the world. The actor says that he never really felt like he belonged to a specific country.
And although it was hard when he was a child, as he got older he welcomed the possibility of discovering new cultures and languages. Alexander spent most of his childhood in France, Switzerland, and the United States, but also visited Bali, New Caledonia, and Brazil. He even lived in a Native American reservation in South Dakota for some time, and it is probably one of his best childhood memories.
“I was a little boy playing cowboys and Indians for real." - Dreymon recalls. - "I was riding horses and hunting with my bow-and-arrow that I’d made myself.”
So all the Viking things like riding through forests, making campfires and sword fighting is a boy’s dream come true!
Dreymon wanted to become an actor at a young age. He was putting on plays with his cousin, which eventually turned into little movies when they managed to get a camcorder from a family friend. After high school, he took acting classes in Paris and worked at the theatre there for three years. Then Alexander moved to London to study at the Drama Center for another three years.
And although his work demands traveling, he chose Los Angeles as a place to “establish his base”: “It’s the first time I feel that I really want to stay here for a long period of time.” - he revealed in an interview with Tribune News Service five years ago.
Prior to The Last Kingdom, Alexander Dreymon was best known for his role of Luke Ramsey in American Horror Story: Coven. But the role of Uhtred definitely was a real breakthrough, and, luckily, Alexander enjoys his character “immensely”.
“It’s a gift for any actor to play somebody that goes from a snotty young boy to leader of armies in the course of one series.” – he explains.
However, Alexander Dreymon is looking forward to more professional challenges. Last year he starred in two feature films – Heartlock and Horizon Line. In addition to acting, he’s also passionate about wildlife conservation and protecting endangered species. But what about Dreymon’s personal life?
In one of the interviews, he mentioned that most of his girlfriends have been French because he “grew up for quite a while in France”. He reportedly dated a Greek actress Tonia Sotiropoulou for two years, but their relationship ended in 2012. (You might remember her as a Bond girl in Skyfall.)
And about five years ago in one of his interviews, he mentioned that his girlfriend is a painter, although he never mentioned her name.