The Last Kingdom’s Alexander Dreymon on life beyond the Saxon saga and maintaining loyalty to his character as the show moves on.
How do you feel like you've evolved as both a character and an actor since you first started on The Last Kingdom?
The great thing about my character Uhtred is that over the years, and with all of the wonderful writers that we’ve worked with, he goes to every emotional place that you can imagine. So within that, I’ve had the chance to explore the emotional spectrum that a human being can have. That has been such a gift as I come out of this experience. I feel ready for anything now. It’ll be a challenge to take on a new character but I’ve had so much training in terms of the grip on their emotions. I like to go from imaginary circumstances because you have so much more control over those. I think your job as an actor is to make everything as personal as you possibly can and so there are certain situations where you might substitute the character for your best friend or your lover or whatever. But the wonderful thing about the show is that we have all become so close and know each other so well, very often it feels so real that you don't need to be doing any substitution anymore, you know?
As you move on from the show, do you think a part of Uhtred will always be with you?
I'm never going to look in the mirror again and see Uhtred, but at the same time, I feel like I'll always be able to hear his voice if I ever need his battle cry. He is a part of me and I wouldn’t have been able to direct like I did if he hadn't become such an intrinsic part of me. I can switch it on and off so easily, it's like rolling out of bed now. I feel like I'm supposed to be devastated that I have to say goodbye to him, yet it doesn’t feel like farewell because he is such a symbol of the values which I think, for the most part, I share. He’s always going to be there, I’ll never feel separate from him.
Alexander Dreymon wears Dolce & Gabbana and Tommy Hilfiger on the cover of Man About Town’s SS22 issue.Photography by Damian Foxe
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