King Ecbert Played by Linus Roache
King Ecbert is the ruler of Wessex, the largest of the five kingdoms in England with big plans to make it even larger. Ecbert is a sophisticated visionary, well versed in court life. Ecbert has always 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 & Blind Flight for which he received a Best Actor nomination from the Scottish BAFTA. He also played the lead role in Pandaemonium, which he won the Best Actor award at the Evening Standard Film Awards. He recently wrapped ID2: Shadwell Army in the UK.
On the small screen Linus received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Robert Kennedy in the F/X television film, “RFK,” and also co-starred in HBO’s award-winning “The Gathering Storm,” which he won the Golden Satellite Award for best actor in a supporting role. Linus played series regular, Executive A.D.A. Michael Cutter, in NBC’s “Law & Order” and returned for the spin-off, “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” He also played a lead role in Julian Fellowes’ miniseries, “Titanic.”
His extensive theatrical experience includes seasons with the RSC and “Richard II” and “Coriolanus,” opposite Ralph Fiennes at London’s Almeida Theatre and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.