Uhtred's childhood tutor and Alfred's most trusted priest.
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Beocca alone has seen Uhtred grow from boy to man and knows his true birth-right. Pious and devout, but with a wry sense of humour, Beocca is both a quick thinker and a brave disciple of Alfred’s cause. Ever hopeful of turning stubborn Uhtred from his pagan ways, Beocca maintains a strong paternal affection for his wayward charge. Uhtred is in some ways the closest thing Beocca has to family, but an act of compassion could lead him to find love in the most unexpected of circumstances.
Ian Hart plays the character of Beocca, a Saxon priest, in The Last Kingdom. Ian began acting whilst studying in Liverpool when he was cast in the play The Government Inspector and has continued to work in British theatre and television ever since.
He first gained recognition for portraying John Lennon in the British film Backbeat (1994). Ian also played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the film Finding Neverland (2004) having already played Doyle’s creation Dr Watson in BBC1’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002) and reprising the role in 2004 with Sherlock Holmes and The Case of The Silk Stocking.
Ian famously played Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and has also appeared in Boardwalk Empire, The Bridge, Agents of SHIELD, Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and The Man Who Crossed Hitler. For his role in No Surrender, Ian won Best Supporting Actor (Venice Film Festival) as well as The Most Promising Newcomer (London Evening Standard Film Award). He also won Best Actor at the Tribecca Film Festival Award for Blind Flight and Best Actor at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival for Aberdeen.