As the King whose ambition it was to unite the kingdoms of England, Alfred has gravitas, intelligence and integrity.
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The flip side of Uhtred, Alfred favours contemplation over impulse and is committed to the spread of Christianity, and becomes increasingly incensed by Uhtred’s pagan ways. Satisfied in Wessex’s strength following the great victory at Ethandun, Alfred seeks to extend his influence and sets his sights on the fractured lands of the north, where Danes and Northmen plunder and rule. Ruthless and determined, Alfred finds a way to keep Uhtred fighting on the side of the Saxons, but his ongoing mistrust will push their relationship to its very limits.
David Dawson plays Alfred in The Last Kingdom. David is best known for his role in the hugely popular Ripper Street (BBC) and for his recent performances in Banished and Peaky Blinders. David has also starred in The Hollow Crown, Luther and the BAFTA winning The Road to Coronation Street.
Dawson was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Olivier Awards (2008) for his performance of Smike in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and for Best Supporting Actor at the Whatsonstage Theatregoers Choice Awards (2010) for his performance as Gethin Price in Comedians at the Lyric Hammersmith. David trained at RADA.