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Emily Cox Biography

Emily Cox (born 23 February 1985) is an Austrian actress currently based in Berlin and Vienna.[1][2] She plays the lead female role of Brida in the British television series The Last Kingdom (2015).[3]


Cox was born to a British father and an Irish mother in Vienna. Her parents later divorced. Both of them are pianists, who originally came to Vienna on a grant for musicians. Cox grew up in Vienna and graduated from high school (Matura) in 2003. She developed an interest in acting after performing in a play as part of her English classes during her final year in high school. After her graduation she went on to study acting at the Max Reinhardt Seminar. In 2008 she was under contract as a stage actor at the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna. In 2011 Cox moved to Berlin and since then she has appeared in various movies and series on German and Austrian TV, among them several Tatort movies. Since 2015 she plays the role of the viking woman Brida in the TV series The Last Kingdom, which made her known to international audiences.[1][4]

Cox also appeared in a few movies for the big screen including The Fatherless (2011), The Silent Mountain and Head Full of Honey (2018).

Emily Cox was an Austrian actress who broke out in the United States in 2015 after appearing in the epic historical series “The Last Kingdom” (BBC America, 2015- ). Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Cox always knew she wanted to make a living as a professional actress. In her early 20s she began auditioning for TV and film roles in her native Austria, eventually landing parts in a couple of short films, as well as a guest role on “Vienna Crime Squad” (ORF 1, 2005- ). Although the experience allowed Cox to hone her craft, it wasn’t until she nabbed a supporting part in the 2010 horror film “Rammbock” that her acting career really began to take off. Over the next few years she nabbed parts in a number of TV movies, including “The Village” (2010), “Killerjagd. Schrei, wenn du dich traust” (2010), and “Der Täter” (2010), as well as on TV shows like “Bukow and König” (1971- ). Cox continued landing mostly roles on Austrian-produced television shows throughout the early 2010s, but by 2014 she started appearing in more films. Cox appeared in two films in 2014, the award-winning drama “Futuro Beach,” and the historical adventure film “The Silent Mountain.” Her appearance in both films added further luster to Cox’s already growing status as a serious actress, so when the producers of “The Last Kingdom” were casting international actors for the new historical series set in the ninth century, Cox immediately landed the role of Brida. “The Last Kingdom” debuted on BBC America in October 2015, and was additionally aired on BBC Two in the U.K.

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Year Title Role Notes
2009 Dutschke Gretchen Dutschke
2010 Rammbock Anita
2011 The Fatherless Mizzi
2014 Futuro Beach Nanna
2014 The Silent Mountain Lisl Gruber
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Homeland Claudia 1 episode
2015 – present The Last Kingdom Brida


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