Barbarians marched onto Netflix on October 23rd but who plays the character of Folkwin Wolfspeer? Was the character a real person?
Netflix may be best known for its US-led series such as Stranger Things and The Umbrella Academy but the streaming service has had to diversify its content to cater to its growing global audience.
The latest example of this comes in the form of German series Barbarians which arrived on Netflix on October 23rd.
In Barbarians we follow the events that lead up to the climactic Battle of Teutoburg Forest and are introduced to several key characters in the process.
On the side of the Germanic tribes is a warrior known as Folkwin Wolfspeer but just who plays this fierce fighter and was Folkwin in Barbarians a real person?
Barbarians on Netflix
Barbarians marched onto Netflix on October 23rd, 2020.
The six-episode series tells the infamous story of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, one of the heaviest defeats the Roman army ever suffered.
Throughout the series, we follow a number of the key characters on both sides as tensions rise between the Roman occupiers and the fractious barbarian tribes who have put up with Roman rule for far too long.
Who plays Folkwin Wolfspeer?
- Folkwin Wolfspeer is played by David Schütter.
Folkwin Wolfspeer is introduced in Barbarians episode 1 as he and Thusnelda embark on a dangerous mission to steal the Roman legion’s eagle, a treasured symbol.
Folkwin is portrayed by 29-year-old German actor David Schütter who grew up in the city of Hamburg and studied acting at the city’s School of Acting between 2009 and 2012.
As a German actor, the majority of David’s 48 acting roles have come in German productions such as Strawberry Bubblegums and Never Look Away.
However, the 29-year-old actor has also appeared in 2019’s Charlie’s Angels which will be more familiar to English-speaking fans.
Like many actors in the modern industry, David Schütter is active on social media, most prominently Instagram where he has a following of 26,000 at the time of writing.
Was Folkwin Wolfspeer a real person?
As a historical drama, several characters in Barbarians are based on real-life figures including the likes of Thusnelda, Arminius, Segestes and General Publius Quinctilius Varus.
However, Folkwin Wolfspeer is not one of them as he is a fictional character who has been created for the series according to the Express.
Speaking to the Variety, Barbarians executive producer, Sabine de Mardt said: “Only the feeling of an authentic world combined with emotional and truthful stories brings the magic that will draw in an international audience and make sure they follow us into this compelling world.
“This is universal. And this has very little to do with production budgets that are clearly higher for big international shows.
“Like David with Goliath, you just have to be a little clever about what you choose to show on screen and what you elegantly leave out.”
Barbarians is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on October 23rd, 2020.