George Paul Blagden (born 28 December 1989) is an English stage and film actor. He is best known for his role as Louis XIV in the French-produced television series drama Versailles. He also played Grantaire in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables and Athelstan in the television series Vikings.
Blagden in 2014
George Paul Blagden
28 December 1989
|Alma mater||Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2011)|
Early life and educationEdit
Blagden began singing at age 13, performing in various choirs and his own rock band. After studying at Old Buckenham Hall School, he was accepted into Oundle School with a Drama scholarship and appeared in the school's Stahl Theatre in such roles as The Baker in Into the Woods and Marc in 'Art'. 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. Following his graduation, he studied Acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which he graduated in 2011. 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.
Blagden will be playing the role of PJ in the 2018 revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End.
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. He is married to fellow stage actress Laura Pitt-Pulford as of 2019.
|2012||National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Best Acting by an Ensemble||Les Misérables||Won|
|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|
|2015||Blight (Short)||Fr Carey||Winner Best Actor - FilmQuest International Film Festival 2016|
|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 No. 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
|2015–18||Versailles||Louis XIV||Leading role|
|2017||Black Mirror||Lenny||Episode: "Hang the DJ"|
|2016-2017||Platinum||Simon||Leading role||Hampstead Theatre, London|
|2017||The Pitchfork Disney||Presley Stray||Leading role||Shoreditch Town Hall, London|
|2018||Tartuffe||Damis||Main Cast||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London|
|2018||Company||PJ||Main Cast||Gielgud Theatre|
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