George Blagden's boarding schooling made him 'perfect' for Vikings

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 March 2015
George Blagden

George Blagden

'Vikings' star George Blagden has revealed the show's creator Michael Hirst told him his boarding school background made him the perfect actor to play Athelstan in the historical drama show

George Blagden's boarding school background made him the perfect candidate to play Athelstan in 'Vikings'.

The 25-year-old actor, who stars as an Anglo-Saxon monk torn between the customs of the Christian England and Scandinavia's pagan ways in the historical drama TV series, was told by Michael Hirst - the show's creator - that his upbringing made him the ideal actor for the role.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, George - who attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama - explained: "When I first got on set with Michael, he asked me where I'd been to school and I explained I'd be to a boarding school. He said it was perfect and encouraged me to bring that aspect of my life to the role.

"Sometimes in this industry a magic moment happens when character and actor perfectly sync, and I was just very, very lucky to be in the right place at the right time. I think I was what they were looking for the role."

George - who's also starred in the 2012 film adaptation of 'Les Misérables' - revealed he secured his part in the TV series based on one audition and without knowing anything about the show.

He recalled: "I was only 18 months out of drama school and I went for an audition for Vikings. It was interesting, no-one really knew anything about the show.

"My agent couldn't really tell me, they said it was this show about Vikings, that's it. I did one audition and a week later they said you'd got the part."

'Vikings', Series 2 continues on HISTORY tonight (31.03.15) at 10pm.

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