Entertainment fans have something to be especially pleased about this week: we're getting to see not one, but two performances from Linus Roache.

The British actor - who was the best thing about the final three seasons of Law & Order - returns to American television as a regular in History's Vikings, which begins its second season tonight. He inhabits the role of King Ecbert, the ruler of Wessex, a "sophisticated visionary" who will have to deal with the Vikings.

You can watch a clip of Roache in Vikings below.

The actor is also coming out with new work on the big screen. He has a supporting role in the new feature film Non-Stop, starring Liam Neeson as an air marshal who discovers someone is threatening to kill passengers every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transferred into a secret bank account. Roache plays David McMillan, the captain of the endangered flight.

Roache starred as charismatic, hard-hitting Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter for the final three seasons of Law & Order, a role he then reprised in multiple episodes of spinoff Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. When he first guested on SVU in 2011, we named him "the best district attorney ever to have graced the courtrooms of Law & Order."

His other credits include playing Thomas Wayne, father of Bruce Wayne, in Batman Begins, and Hugh, Earl of Manton in the 2012 ITV miniseries Titanic. In 2002, he earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Robert Kennedy in the telefilm RFK.

Vikings premieres tonight at 10 PM ET/PT on History. Non-Stop is in theaters this Friday, February 28.

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