George Blagden

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George Blagden
George Blagden 2014.jpg
Blagden in 2014
Born George Paul Blagden
(1989-12-28) 28 December 1989 (age 27)
Alma mater Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2011–present

George Paul Blagden (born 28 December 1989) is an English stage and film actor. He is best known for his role as Athelstan in the television series Vikings. He also played Grantaire in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables and is currently portraying Louis XIV in the French-produced television series drama Versailles.

Early life and education[edit]

Blagden began singing at age 13, performing in various choirs and his own rock band.[1] After studying at Old Buckenham Hall School, he was accepted into Oundle School with a Drama scholarship[2] and appeared in the school's Stahl Theatre in such roles as The Baker in Into the Woods and Marc in 'Art'.[3] Also while at Oundle, Blagden became a member of the National Youth Theatre and was selected as one of four students to participate in a masterclass with Sir Ian McKellen.[4] Following his graduation, he studied Acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which he graduated in 2011.[5] He has a younger sister, Katie, who is a writer and filmmaker.


In 2011, Blagden received his first acting role as Andy in the feature film After the Dark, which was released in 2014. He has since appeared in Wrath of the Titans, Les Misérables, and Vikings. Blagden's latest appearance on screen is in the drama series Versailles, as the lead character Louis XIV.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is a supporter of Diabetes UK; from 4-6 September 2015, he cycled from London to Paris in under 72 hours and raised nearly £5,000 for the charity.[7]


Year Award Category Film Result
2012 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Best Acting by an Ensemble Les Misérables Won
Best Ensemble
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Performance Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Ensemble, Motion Picture Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Blood Moon Jake Norman
2014 Holding on for a Good Time (Short) Fellini
2014 The Tap Tap Lady (Short) Hugh
2013 After the Dark Andy
2012 Wrath of the Titans Soldier #1
2012 Les Misérables Grantaire National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Versailles Louis XIV Leading role
2013–15 Vikings Athelstan Main cast


  1. ^ "About". George Blagden. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "George Blagden pictures, bio, movies". Pop Tower. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "George Blagden Signs On to Play Grantaire in LES MISERABLES Film". Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "News Trinity 2008: Sir Ian Kellen Masterclass". Oundle School. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "George Blagden". Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Retrieved 14 January 2013. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Vikings' Actor George Blagden to Play Louis XIV in 'Versailles". ‘Variety’. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "George Blagden's Cycling Adventure". JustGiving. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 

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