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Should this Anglo-Saxon drama have a diverse cast?

9 July 2024

6:27 PM

9 July 2024

6:27 PM

A new eight-part TV series co-produced by the BBC about England in 1066, entitled King and Conqueror, has diverse actors playing Anglo-Saxons. Elander Moore will reportedly play the real historical role of Morcar, an Earl of Northumbria who fought against Viking and Norman invaders.

At first sight there might be plausible precedents for the choice of black actors to play leading parts in this kind of historical drama.

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