Lothaire Bluteau is Emperor Charles of France
Emperor Charles of France
Emperor Charles of France, is a complex, troubled, and powerful man who views battling the Vikings as spiritual and earthly mission.
He is the son of Emperor Louis the Pious and grandson of Charlemagne himself.
Historically his daughter Judith was married to Aethelwulf of Wessex, son of King Ecbert. In the series, Judith is the daughter of King Aelle of Northumbria.
This Emperor Charles appears to a composite of at least three historical Frankish Emperors: Charles the Bald, who was a grandson of Charlemagne and who reigned during the 845 Siege of Paris led by Ragnar Lothbrok, Charles the Fat, who reigned during the 885 Siege of Paris and commanded Count Odo, and Charles the Simple, who negotiated a treaty with Rollo and was the father of Princess Gisla (Gisela).
Lothaire Bluteau is widely recognized for his role as Ambassador Marillac in the multiple Emmy-Award-winning series “The Tudors”, chronicling Henry VIII’s turbulent last days as king.
Bluteau can also be seen starring alongside Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson in the upcoming feature film Regression, directed by Alejandro Amenabar.
Recent credits include Gravy, a dark comedy about cannibalism in which Lothaire plays The Cook, and the award winning feature film Rouge Sang.
Other notable recurring television roles include “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “24” and “Oz”.
In 1983, after a strong start in theatre where he performed in Canada, England, and the US,
Bluteau made the jump to motion pictures. Since then, he has starred in many feature films including Jesus of Montreal, The Confessional (with Kristin Scott Thomas), Bent (alongside Clive Owen) and I Shot Andy Warhol with Lily Taylor. Bluteau performs in both French and English and his characters have ranged from a male prostitute (Being at Home with Claude) and a person with a developmental disability (Les Fous De Bassan) to a crooked jockey (Dead Heat) and a Jesuit missionary (Black Robe).missionary (Black Robe).