The Last Kingdom cast: Who is Eysteinn Sigurdarson? Meet star behind Sigtryggr

The Last Kingdom has returned to Netflix for a fourth series and fans have welcomed back Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred of Bebbanburg. Many fan-favourites have come back for the fourth season, including Emily Cox as Brida and Timothy Innes as King Edward. Fans have also spotted some new faces in the series, including Eysteinn Sigurðarson, who plays Sigtryggr.

Who is Eysteinn Sigurðarson?

WARNING: This story contains spoilers for The Last Kingdom

Eysteinn Sigurðarson is an actor from Iceland who comes into the fourth season of The Last Kingdom in episode seven.

He stars in a total of four episodes as the character Sigtryggr – a Viking warlord who appears to be Uhtred’s son-in-law.

Recogniseable from the large scar across his left eye, he is a strong warrior like his father-in-law and in Norse history he is the great-grandson of Ivar the Boneless.

He is a member of an Irish clan and he was expelled from his home in Dublin in the year 902.

His character in the TV series heading to Wales, where he saves Brida from slavery after she was taken away by the Welsh King’s men.


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The series is based on The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, and his character appears in two of Cornwell’s books.

In the series, he travels to Wales to save Uhtred’s childhood friend, Brida, who was raised as a Saxon just like him.

Earlier on in the series, during a battle between the Danes lead by Cnut (Magnus Brunn), Mercia and Winchester, Brida runs off to find Cnut and Uhtred fighting.

Brida overhears Uhtred revealing it was Cnut who ordered for her previous husband Ragnar (Tobias Santelmann) to be killed, and she ends up killing Cnut, full of anger.

She asks for Uhtred to kill her so she can die an honourable death on the battlefield and go to Valhalla, as she has been surrounded by Welsh soldiers.

She begs for Uhtred to take her life as she does not want to succumb to a life of slavery, but Uhtred does not have the guts to kill his childhood friend.

Instead, he watches Brida crying as the Welsh soldiers drag her away, and she is forced to act as a slave for the Welsh King.

Fans have mixed feelings for Sigtryggr’s character and they have taken to Twitter to share their opinions of him.

One fan said: “I’m not going to lie, I shouldn’t because he is a villain but I love Sigtryggr from The Last Kingdom.”

Another fan added: “The Last Kingdom is officially holding the number one spot on my all time show list. Season 4 solidified it. Sigtryggr was an interesting curveball into the series and Uhtred is still the goat.”

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Sigtryggr ends up teaming up with Brida and fuels the fire when it comes to her transformation into an even more dangerous and psychopathic killer.

Fans have called for his character to appear more in another season of The Last Kingdom, and he becomes the bad guys everyone loves to hate.

One fan said on Twitter: “Sigtryggr is a treat toward the end of S4 The Last Kingdom. He’s like a combination of The Tudor’s Henry VIII and Jim Morrison. My second favorite Viking in the series after Skade.”

Eysteinn Sigurðarson, who plays him, was born in Iceland but he grew up in Wisconsin, where he studied English and Creative Writing.

He joined The Iceland Academy of the Arts to start a career in acting and he received offers to work at National Theatre of Iceland and the Reykjavik City Theatre.


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The actor took to Instagram where he posted a photo of himself in full makeup and costume, and he showed his appreciation for being a part of the series.

He said: “I was blessed to get to go to work every day with the awesomely talented, kind, funny, inspiring, badass, hardworking people behind @thelastkingdom on @netflix.

“I’m so excited to watch season 4 tomorrow and for you all to meet my guy. The first three pictures are the first ones I ever saw of myself in makeup and costume. Stunned! Wyrd bið ful aræd, see you soon #thelastkingdom.”

Hundreds of fans commented on the photo saying how much they enjoyed watching him in the series, with one fan saying: “Loved you in Last Kingdom! Crossing my fingers [for] lots more of you on the big screen! Must admit your character brought a whiff of Nordic death metal to Last Kingdom and added loads to the Viking feel. Well done.”

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