Main Cast: Alexander Dreymon - Uhtred of Bebbanburg
Rutger Hauer - Ravn
Jason Flemyng - King Edmund
Ian Hart - Beocca
Tobias Santelmann - Ragnar
Alec Newman - King Aethelred
David Dawson - King Alfred
Simon Kunz - Odda
Joseph Millson - Alferic
Lorcan Cranitch - Father Selbix
Thomas W. Gabrielsson - Guthrum
Adrian Bower - Leofric
Elizabeth Conboy - Glenna
Andy Gathergood - Hubbard the Archer
Screenplay: Stephen Butchard from Bernard Cornwell’s books 'The Saxon Stories'
Plot: 9th century AD; many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Vikings, only the great Kingdom of Wessex stands defiant under its visionary King Alfred the Great. It is the last kingdom.
Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred, born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is orphaned by the Vikings and then kidnapped and raised as one of theirown.
Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he - Saxon or Viking? On a quest to claim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.
Earl Ragnar’s elderly father, Ravn (Rutger), is a ‘skald’ (a Viking poet and wise man). Given his considerable life experience, he is philosophical about the struggles of the Danes and is able to impart his wisdom to young Uhtred, who often acts as the eyes of blind Ravn.
A new historical 8 x 60” drama series, The Last Kingdom is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling series of books “The Saxon Stories”, by BAFTA nominated and RTS award-winning writer Stephen Butchard. The production films in Hungary and the UK.
'The Last Kingdom', made by Carnival Films, is a show of heroic deeds and epic battles but with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people combined their strength under one of the most iconic kings of history in order to reclaim their land for themselves and build a place they call home.