Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn Ironside on Vikings

For the past several years, TV watchers have known Alexander Ludwig as the imposing Bjorn Ironside on History's Vikings. But all things must come to an end, as Vikings just concluded its run with a sixth season that wrapped up the stories of Bjorn, Ivar and the others. While Ludwig has since given his thoughts on the Bjorn’s ending, the actor is now focusing on the start of a new chapter in his personal life. The actor became engaged to girlfriend Lauren Dear last year, and it’s now been revealed that the two recently eloped.

Alexander Ludwig confirmed news of his marriage to Lauren Dear on Instagram. In his caption, he explained that the craziness of the past year is what helped influence the decision. As he put it, “life is too short”:

We decided to elope. It has been such a crazy year but it certainly put things into perspective. Life is too short And i didnt want to spend another day without calling this beautiful woman my wife.

Despite being pleased with their decision, Ludwig and Dear naturally would have liked for their loved ones to have been involved in the major moment. With this, the two are planning an additional ceremony:

Of course when things settle down we will have a proper celebration with our friends and family but for now- the love of my life, our dog yam, a yurt on a mountain top in the middle of nowhere sounded like the perfect beginning.

You can’t argue with Alexander Ludwig’s sentiments, as he and Lauren Dear certainly found a beautiful place to tie the knot. You can check out their wedding photo in his original post down below:

Experiencing something like 2020 does make you rethink certain things, and it sounds like Ludwig wasn’t waiting another second to make things official with his bride. It’s certainly a nice way to kick off the new year.

Things are really looking up for Alexander Ludwig both personally and professionally. With his work on Vikings now finished, he’s set to star in Starz’s Heels, a dramedy about the world of wrestling. The series will pair him with Arrow’s Stephen Amell, who will play Ludwig’s brother, with whom his character has a feud. But despite their characters’ feelings about each other, Ludwig and Amell appear to be getting along famously. Since becoming TV brothers, the two have spent some time together away from the set.

You can’t help but be happy for Alexander Ludwig as he enters this new phase of his life. Being a newlywed is a good feeling, and he and Lauren Dear appear to be very happy. Hopefully, great news like this sets the tone for a positive 2021.

And if you haven’t seen Alexander Ludwig’s work in Vikings or are looking to revisit the show, it’s available to stream on Hulu.

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