Set in the late ninth century AD, when what is known as England today was several separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands are attacked and, in many instances, ruled by Danes. The Kingdom of Wessex has been left standing alone.
The protagonist Uhtred, the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman, is captured by viking Danes and reared as one of them. Forced to choose between a kingdom that shares his ancestry and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are constantly tested.
The first series' storyline roughly covers the plot of the original two novels, The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman although condensed for the purposes of television.
Cast Main cast Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred of Bebbanburg Tobias Santelmann as Ragnar the Younger Emily Cox as Brida Thomas W. Gabrielsson as Guthrum Joseph Millson as Ælfric Rune Temte as Ubba Matthew Macfadyen as Lord Uhtred Ian Hart as Beocca David Dawson as King Alfred Adrian Bower as Leofric Simon Kunz as Odda the Elder Harry McEntire as Aethelwold Brian Vernel as Odda the Younger Amy Wren as Mildrith Charlie Murphy as Queen Iseult
Supporting cast Rutger Hauer as Ravn Peter Gantzler as Earl Ragnar Tom Taylor as Young Uhtred Alexandre Willaume as Kjartan Henning Valin Jakobsen as Storri Jason Flemyng as King Edmund Nora Hoerich as Servant Alec Newman as King Æthelred Eliza Butterworth as Aelswith Lorcan Cranitch as Father Selbix Victor McGuire as Oswald Laura Dobrosi as Nursemaid Sean Gilder as Wulfhere Jonas Malmsjö as Skorpa Eva Birthistle as Hild
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