Harry McEntire as Aethelwold
Aethelwold survived series one and is back for series two. The character is based on the real-life Aethelwold, the younger son of Aethelred King of Wessex. He is Alfred’s oldest nephew who would have been king if he hadn’t been too young, so – having missed out on the throne – the petulant and rebellious Aethelwold holds a grudge against Alfred.
Having found success on the stage in Billy Liar, Titus Andronicus, Winterlong, Macbeth and Spring Awakening, he has also been in TV series including Episodes, Prisoners Wives and Eric & Ernie.
Peri Baumeister as Gisela
Gisela is the sister of Danish King Guthred of Northumbria.
German actress Peri Baumeister has found success in her native country, with roles on stage in Lars von Trier’s Dogville and Manderlay as well as the comedy Unsere Zeit ist Jetzt and TV series Die Chefin.
Toby Regbo as Aethelred
Confusingly, we’ve already had an Aethelred in this series, because apparently “Aethelred” was the “Tom” or “John” or “Ben” of the age. That one was played by Alec Newman at the beginning of the series and named Alfred as his successor. This one is from Mercia, but marries Princess Aethelflaed of Wessex.
You may recognise Toby Regbo from the sci-fi drama Mr Nobody and King Francis II from the TV series Reign. On stage he won critical acclaim in Tusk Tusk.
Ole Christoffer Ertvaag as Sven
Remember Sven from series one? He was the son of Ragnar’s shipbuilder who tried to harm the Earl’s daughter Thyra. He was blinded in one eye, but later took Thyra with the help of his father Kjartan.
Better known in Norway, Ole Christoffer Ertvaag has been in The Saboteurs, Unge lovende and The Man Who Loved Yngve.