King Ecbert is the ruler of Wessex, the largest of the five kingdoms in England with big plans to make it even larger. Unlike King Aelle of Northumbria, Ecbert is a sophisticated visionary, well-versed in court life. Ecbert has anticipated that he must someday face the Vikings and is prepared with strategies as to how they can be used to his advantage.
Linus Roache first gained worldwide recognition in Antonia Bird’s critically-acclaimed film, Priest. His numerous film credits include Wings of a Dove, Batman Begins, The Namesake and Blind Flight, for which he received a Best Actor nomination from the Scottish BAFTA. He also played the lead role in Pandaemonium, for which he won the Best Actor award at the Evening Standard Film Awards. He recently completed roles in Innocence for Killer Films and in Jaume Collet-Serra’s Non-Stop, opposite Liam Neeson.
On the small screen, Roache received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Robert Kennedy in RFK and co-starred in HBO’s The Gathering Storm. Additional television roles include Law & Order, Law and Order: SVU and the miniseries Titanic. His extensive theatrical experience includes work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also appeared in Richard II and Coriolanus opposite Ralph Fiennes at London’s Almeida Theatre and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.