Blagden feels entirely comfortable doing shows about the past. After all, he’s been in the TV series “Vikings” and the feature “Les Miserables.” “I love that kind of genre,” he says. “It’s most interesting to play 18th century revolutionaries or 8th century monks. You don’t often get to walk down streets with muskets and frilly shirts.”
Blagden, who attended Guildhall School of Music & Drama (where Daniel Craig also studied), most recently played in the upcoming feature “The Philosophers,” set for release in December. That will give him a leg up on cracking more contemporary material.
His role career role model is fellow Brit Eddie Redmayne.
“I saw him onstage at the Donmar Warehouse playing Richard II, then on TV in ‘Bird Song’ and then worked with him in ‘Les Miserables’” notes Blagden. “I thought that by the time I got to his age (Blagden is 23, Redmayne is 31), if I was working in all those different mediums at that level, I’d be a happy man.”
Right now “Vikings” is keeping him busy – Blagden even researched his role as a monk by visiting a monastery on Lindisfarne, a tidal island off the coast of Northumbria, a part of England steeped in medieval history.
“If the tide comes in while you’re there, you have to stay overnight,” adds Blagden. “Luckily there’s a hostel that hands out blankets to people when that happens.”
—Lisa Carroll [x]