Emily Cox in The Last Kingdom

BBC America is debuting an epic new period drama in “The Last Kingdom” Saturday (Oct. 10), starring Alexander Dreymon as Bebbanburg, an English nobleman raised by invading Danish forces. Emily Cox is Brida, Uhtred’s childhood friend and eventual lover.

Cox’s fiery portrayal of this strong, proud Saxon woman is what makes her one of Zapit’s Ones to Watch for 2015. Learn more about her in the Q&A below. “The Last Kingdom” premieres Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.

What’s the current home-screen picture on your phone?

A photograph I took in the magic hour of a landing stage leading into the sea. Every time I see it, it reminds me of this magical holiday I had in Croatia. And of that feeling of calmness standing on that footbridge and looking out over the endless sea.

What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?

My parents are both pianists and when I was born they decided they would play me classical music because they thought it might relax me; so the first few days of my life they carried me around and played Chopin first Piano Concerto to me over headphones from a Walkman. I really like that image of a newborn with headphones on, so I always have to smile when I hear Chopin.

Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?

Alien invasion of course! Who says that the aliens out there aren’t friendly …? And perhaps they are really wonderful movie-makers with loads of great characters for me to play … and I’m sure their special-effects are awesome!

What’s the last item you purchased?

New headphones for my iPod … I love listening to music, even on set before intense scenes I walk around with my headphones on. But unfortunately I keep losing my headphones and have to buy new ones — it’s like a curse! … or a sacrifice to the God of Music.

What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?

I’ve broken both of my small fingers several times – because they are REALLY small. The last time was when I was auditioning. The scene required me to get really angry, so I did and slammed my hand on the table …

Do you have any nicknames?

I don’t know who started this, but some of my friends call me Coxie.

Your first kiss — who and when?

Wasn’t very good. So let’s skip that question.

What’s your spirit animal?

It’s a small, transparent, unicorn. Headbanging in the sky.

What was the last lie you told?

The unicorn isn’t transparent. It´s rainbow-colored.

Air guitar or hairbrush singer?

Can’t we do the real thing?

Who is your last text message from?

A friend of mine — we’re planning a trip to L.A.

Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, What’s the third sentence?

“In the back of my mind I couldn’t help wondering what any of it had to do with a white room.”

If you had to choose another career, what would it be?

I’m glad I don’t have to, because to be honest I so love what I’m doing.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

Here and now.

What goes in your carry-on bag on the plane?

iPod, Headphones, Kindle and my diary.

What’s your favorite beverage?

Chai latte makes my day!

What food can you not resist?

Sushi. Especially the salmon.

What clique did you belong to in high school?

We all had dreadlocks and thought we were very cool …

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."