Alexander was a Macedonian prince, the son of Philip II and his wife Olympias. In this video clip, from the BBC documentary - In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, hosted by Michael Wood and also aired on PBS - we meet the real Alexander.
Only one image of him as a prince, created when Alexander was nineteen, is known to exist. It was made, scholars believe, the year before he succeeded his father as king.
Clip from In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, a BBC documentary hosted by Michael Wood (which also aired on PBS). Video online, courtesy BBC.