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Exclusive Interview With The Last Kingdom Star Alexander Dreymon

Alexander Dreymon, Victoria Webster, Mauricio Espinoza

German-born star Alexander Dreymon has been winning legions of fans worldwide with his heroic turn as Uhtred on the hit BBC sword-fighting drama The Last Kingdom.

On an Australian promotional tour for the release of the second series on DVD a few years back, Alexander sat down with The Carousel’s writer Victoria Webster to talk about his meteoric rise to success – and those inevitable comparisons to that other hit swords and sandals epic. Given the series is back again for its 4th series, we thought it was worth sharing the interview.

Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred in 'The Last Kingdom'

“I think it’s a compliment being compared with Game of Thrones, just because it’s such an epic show,” he tells Victoria in our exclusive in Sydney.

“I’m a big fan and I’ve got a few buddies on the show, but then Game of Thrones is a huge scale, they have a huge budget, I think that’s a very big difference.

“I think The Last Kingdom is a bit grittier and dirtier, and then it’s based in history – I think it’s a very different show.”

The Last Kingdom Star Alexander Dreymon
Last Kingdom Star Alexander Dreymon

Alexander’s character Uhtred himself is based on the very real Uhtred the Bold who was the Earl of Nothumbria one thousand years ago between the years 1006 and 1016.

Historically, it is believed Uhtred was murdered in 1016 after conceding to Cnut as the King of England – with the King wilfully knowing that Uhtred would be killed once summoned to meet him.

As for his signature horsemanship on the series, Alexander, 34, says growing up in South Dakota gave him a head-start, but most of the credit has to go to the legendary series stunt co-ordinator and ‘horse-whisperer’ Levente Lezsák.

“The more you learn, the more you realise how much there is to learn – it’s like learning a new language.”

  • The Last Kingdom is currently on Netflix and you can also purchase the DVD

Written by Victoria Webster

Victoria Webster is The Carousel's resident health expert. She has been surrounded by health and fitness her entire life. Her mother, a nutritionist, personal trainer and Pilates teacher instilled in Victoria a passion for all things wellbeing related.

Growing up a ballet dancer and singer having performed in the States, her passion for performance and movement transferred to yoga, running and the gym whilst remaining focused on her academics and career. She is an avid traveller and has lived all over the world enabling her to speak French, Italian and Spanish.

She began her journalism career by studying Media and Communications at The University of Sydney. She has written for The Medical Observer and Australian Doctor.

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