The Last Kingdom season four premiered on Netflix today (Sunday, April 26) and fans have been binge-watching the series ever since. In the new series, Uhtred (played by Alexander Dreymon) comes head-to-head with Aethelhelm but who is Aethelhelm and who plays him? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Who plays Aethelhelm in The Last Kingdom?
Adrian Schiller stars as Aethelhem in The Last Kingdom.
Schiller is an English theatre, film and television actor from London.
The Last Kingdom viewers may recognise Schiller from numerous works, including Victoria, Doctor Who, The Danish Girl, Beauty and the Beast, A Touch of Frost and The Danish Girl.
He most recently appeared in the film Tolkien as the English Master, starring opposite Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins.
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Schiller also starred in the ITV series Victoria as Mr Penge, opposite Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes.
Schiller’s most notable roles include his portrayal of David Llyod George in the 2015 film Suffragette and as Monsieur D’arque in Beauty and the Beast.
His other film credits include Frankenstein, Requiem Apache, Christie, and The Hollow Crown: Richard II.
For his performance as Caiaphus in History series The Bible, Schiller was longlisted for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.
His other television credits include Silent Witness, Being Human and The Musketeers.
Ultimately, Schiller is best known for his incredible stage career, starring in over 40 productions.
He is best known for his performance of Reverend Hale in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at The Old Vic.
Other productions he has appeared in include Julius Ceaser, The Tempest, Hamlet and 1913.
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Who is Aethelhelm in The Last Kingdom?
The Last Kingdom is based on The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell.
Just like the novels, the series blends historical fact with fiction.
Aethelhelm was the oldest son of Aethelred I (Alec Newman), the King of Wessex from 865 until 871.
However, some historian’s believe Aethelhelm is the Ealdorman of Wiltshire, the probable father of Aelfflaed (Amelia Clarkson) who became Edward the Elder’s (Timothy Innes) second wife about 899.
Cornwall has loosely based Aethelhelm on this account.
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When Aethelred died, his sons were too young to become King and instead, the throne passed to their uncle Alfred.
Aethelhelm, the richest man in Wessex, was introduced in season three of The Last Kingdom when his daughter Aelflaed married Edward.
In the new series of The Last Kingdom, Lord Aethelhelm is a new enemy of Uhtred of Bebbanburg.
Their rivalry comes as a shock as they technically should be allies as they are both loyal to Edward.
However, Aethelehelm wants to see his own grandchildren on the throne of Wessex, not Edward’s.
Fan’s will have to finish the entire new series of The Last Kingdom to find out what happens to Aethelhelm.
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