Once a devout monk living a peaceful and humble life, Athelstan is spared by Ragnar after his monastery is pillaged by the Vikings. Although Ragnar initially took Athelstan captive as a slave, he treats him well and has befriended him. As he lives amongst the Vikings, Athelstan learns that their culture is shockingly different from the Christian religion, from their attitude to their gods, to sex and to sacrifice.
George Blagden is best known for his role as Athelstan in HISTORY’s Vikings and will be seen as Louis XIV in the upcoming series Versailles. George got his start immediately after graduating from the prestigious Guildhall Drama School, which he attended on a full scholarship, in the independent feature The Philosophers opposite Rhys Wakefield, Sophie Lowe, James D’Arcy and Darryl Sabara. In 2012, he appeared in Universal’s Les Miserables as Grantaire. He also appeared in Warner Bros.’ Wrath of the Titans. Blagden was featured in Variety’s “Ten Brits to Watch” along with Sam Claflin, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Tuppence Middleton, to name a few.