After more than more year of waiting, the fourth season of The Last Kingdom is streaming on Netflix now. Alexander Dreymon has played the role of Uhtred of Bebbanburg for the past five years but who is he? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know about the actor.
Who is Alexander Dreymon?
Alexander Dreymon is a German-born actor, who grew up in the United States, France, and Switzerland.
He studied acting at the Drama Centre London and early in his career performed on stage in both London and Paris.
Speaking to The Resident, Dreymon revealed he started acting from a very young age.
He said: “That was pretty early on – actually from as early as I can remember, I was putting on plays with my cousin which eventually turned into little movies the day we managed to get a camcorder from a family friend.
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“After high school, I took acting classes in Paris and worked at the theatre there for three years, then went on to get proper training in London.”
Dreymon made his screen debut in the French one-off-drama Ni reprise, ni échangéet.
He then wen ton to star alongside The Crown’s Matt Smith in the British film, Christopher and His Kind in 2011.
His other film credits include Resistance, Blood Ransom and Heartlock.
Outside of The Last Kingdom, Dreymon is best known for his portrayal of Luke Ramsey in American Horror Story: Coven.
In the third series of American Horror Story, he starred alongside Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Denis O’Hare.
This year, Dreymon will appear in the Swedish thriller film, Horizon Line.
He plays the lead role of Jackson, opposite Allison Williams as Sara.
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Who is Uhtred of Bebbanburg?
Uhtred of Bebbanburg is a fictional character, created by author Brendan Cornwell.
The Last Kingdom is based on Cornwell’s novel series The Saxon Stories, which blends historical fact and fiction.
Uhterd of Bebbanburg is believed to be based on Uhtred the Bold, an ealdorman of all Northumbria from 1006 to 1016.
The real Uhtred is said to have spent most of his life defending the northern border from the Scots and against the Danes.
Speaking to The Guardian, Dreymon discussed what appealed to him the most about Uhtred.
He said: “He’s not perfect. He’s charming, but he’s got flaws.
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“I like his cheekiness and the fact that he gets himself into really messed-up situations.
“He’s impulsive, and that’s fun to play – even when he’s faced with a life-or-death situation, he still wants to mess around.”
In the fourth series of The Last Kingdom, Uhtred is avenging the death of Alfred (David Dawson).
He even challenges his uncle Aelfric (played by Joseph Millson) and attempts to take back his ancestral home, Bebbanburg.
The Netflix synopsis continues: “fate shifts in a different direction, leading Uhtred to realise that his destiny is tied to Alfred’s dream of a united land.
“This, and Uhtred’s feelings for Aethelflaed (Millie Brady), drive him back into the politics that threaten to break out into war.”
The Last Kingdom is streaming on Netflix now
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