Vikings Saga Cast, Characters and reference information

 

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Vikings show

 

Vikings is an historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. It premiered on 3 March 2013 in the United States and Canada.[2] Filmed in Ireland, it is an official Ireland/Canada co-production.

Vikings is inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known mythological Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France. It portrays Ragnar as a former farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England with the support of his family and fellow warriors: his brother Rollo, his son Bjorn, and his wives—the shieldmaiden Lagertha and the princess Aslaug.

On 5 April 2013, History renewed Vikings for a ten-episode second season,  which premiered on 27 February 2014. On 25 March 2014, History renewed Vikings for a ten-episode third season, which is scheduled to air on February 19, 2015.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings_(TV_series)

http://www.history.com/shows/Vikings

I will be covering the individual episodes and ongoing story lines in my ongoing posts so I am not going to list them here! On this page I am going to provide you with a list of the Cast, their characters, a very brief bio on each, and any reference links to the character. Many of the characters are loosely based on some historical person or legend/myth. If the character has such a historical or legendary reference, I will provide here.  This page is the only place that I will provide pirctures and information on the real person/actor behind the character.  The continuing blog posts on the show will only refer to the Character and make no other reference to their real life persona!

I do want to add my personal thoughts on the show and it’s characters here. Yes, the characters are often based on real life historical figures and events, but that does not mean that they will necessarily follow the exact time lines and lives of the history to which they are linked. It is called historical fiction for a reason! I am providing the reference links so that you can begin your own searches if you are interested in more exact detail on such people, places and events. Does the fact that is fiction make it of less value, interest or importance? No, I firmly believe that it is a well documented and researched show that creates added interest in the historical time period it deals with!  As I get into my blog posts about the show, I will attempt to point out where differences might be in relation to what is going on.  That leads me to my other thought on the show… The show is called Vikings, not the Story of Ragnar Lothbrok? Yes, it begins with him, his family and his legacy, but as with most epic sagas and stories, there is much more to all of the history and the story than just Ragnar! I make this point because I feel at times as though Ragnar’s actions and his role gets too white washed and his heroism gets all of the lime light?  It’s not that I don’t like him, I do like him. I think he is doing a fine job of leading right now… it’s just that I think there is going to be a turn in the future and I want to look at him as clearly and unobjectively as possible! 

Ok, enough of my personal rambling! Here is the Cast and Character information:

 

Ragnar Lothbrok:   Travis Fimmel as legendary Viking Ragnar Lothbrok. Originally a farmer, Ragnar claims to be a descendant of the god Odin, and during the show’s run he manages to rise to become a respected Earl of his home settlement Kattegat, as well as a feared warrior, a famed raider of undiscovered lands, and, finally, King of Denmark.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragnar_Lodbrok

Ragnar Lodbrok

Ragnar Lodbrok

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Travis Fimmel: Travis Fimmel (born 15 July 1979) is an Australian actor and former model. He is best known for his high-profile Calvin Klein campaign, for co-starring opposite Patrick Swayze in the TV series The Beast and for his break-out role as Ragnar Lothbrok in the History Channel’s critically acclaimed series Vikings.

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Travis Fimmel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_Fimmel

http://officialtravisfimmel.com/

 

Lagertha: Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, Ragnar’s first wife; a shieldmaiden. Following the separation of her and Ragnar, Lagertha rises to become Earl of Hedeby in her own right, going by the name Earl Ingstad.

Legend/history of Lagertha: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagertha

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Katheryn Winnick: Katheryn Winnick (born Katerena Anna Vinitska;  December 17, 1977) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles in Amusement (2008), Bones (2010), A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2012), Vikings (2013), and The Art of the Steal (2013).

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katheryn_Winnick

http://www.dreamplayhouse.com/kat.html

 

Rollo Lothbrok: Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar’s brother. Although a ruthless and skilled warrior, having spent his life in the shadow of his brother makes Rollo’s feelings towards Ragnar constantly changing from loyal love and admiration, to hateful jealousy. The character is based on the great-great-great-grandfather of William the Conqueror.

Rollo in history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rollo

I am also including the link to William the Conqueror here because of his importance in history!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_the_Conqueror

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Clive Standen: Clive Standen (born 22 July 1981) is an English actor best known for playing Sir Gawain in the Starz series Camelot as well as ‘Archer’, the brother of Robin Hood in the BBC TV series Robin Hood, Private Carl Harris in the British sci-fi show Doctor Who and Rollo, the brother of Ragnar in the History Channel TV series Vikings.

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Clive Standen4

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Clive Standen6

Clive Standen

Clive Standen

Ummmm yeah, OK, I am being a bit biased and playing favorites here with Clive and with Rollo… I will not apologize for it! Rollo is my guy and I stand with him no matter how many stupid mistakes he makes!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clive_Standen

Clive Standen bio:  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1641140/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

 

Siggy: Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, Earl Haraldson’s wife, and later love-interest of Rollo. She possesses a strategic mind and a tireless urge to retain (or regain) her power and influence.

Siggy is a fictional creation, there is no historical reference for her!

Siggy as queen

Siggy as queen

Siggy and daughter

Siggy and daughter

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Siggy3

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Jessalyn Gilsig: Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig (born November 30, 1971) is a Canadian actress known for her roles in the television series Boston Public, as Gina Russo in Nip/Tuck and as Will Schuester‘s wife/ex-wife, Terri Schuester, in Glee. She is currently appearing as Siggy, a series regular on the History Channel series Vikings.

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Jessalyn Gilsig4

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Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Gilsig

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessalyn_Gilsig

http://stagedoordish.com/jessalyn-gilsig-talks-about-being-siggy-on-vikings-the-historical-role-of-viking-women/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0319698/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

 

Floki: Gustaf Skarsgård as Floki, a gifted, albeit eccentric, shipbuilder and friend of Ragnar. Acknowledging his peculiar character traits, Floki considers himself a descendant of the trickster god Loki.

While Floki is a completely fictional character with no supposed historical reference link, I am going to include the link to Loki, the trickster because Floki considers himself a descendant!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loki

floki flies

floki flies

floki loves his boat

floki loves his boat

floki also loves fire

floki also loves fire

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floki3

floki and ragnar

floki and ragnar

 

Gustaf Skarsgård:

Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈskɑːʂɡoːɖ];  born 12 November 1980) is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his role as Floki in the series Vikings.

Gustaf Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård and My, a physician. He has five siblings: Alexander, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter, and two half-brothers from his father’s second wife Megan Everett, Ossian and Kolbjörn.  Alexander, Bill, and Valter are also actors. His godfather is acclaimed Swedish actor Peter Stormare.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustaf_Skarsg%C3%A5rd

 

Athelstan: George Blagden as Athelstan, an Anglo-Saxon monk originally serving at the monastery of Lindisfarne in Northumbria. Captured by Ragnar on his first raid in England, Athelstan is torn between the customs of the Christian England and the pagan ways of Scandinavia.

Athelstan is another fictional character but his role as a monk at Lindisfarne is a real part of history so I am including links to Lindisfarne along with historical links for the Anglo-Saxons and Northumbria.

Early Anglo-Saxon history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Saxons

Lindisfarnehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindisfarne

Northumbria:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Northumbria

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athelstan5

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Athelstan-vikings

Athelstan crucified

Athelstan crucified

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athelstan4

 

George Blagden: George Paul Blagden (born 28 December 1989) is an English stage and film actor. He is best known for his role as Athelstan in the television series Vikings. He also played Grantaire, in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables and will portray Louis XIV in the upcoming French produced television series drama, ‘Versailles’.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Blagden

http://variety.com/2014/film/news/vikings-thesp-george-blagden-to-play-louis-xiv-in-versailles-1201289673/

 

Bjorn Lothbrok:  Alexander Ludwig as Bjorn Ironside, Ragnar and Lagertha’s son, given his nickname by his father, following his first battle with the Saxons (Season 2—originally portrayed, as a child, by supporting actor Nathan O’Toole for seasons 1–2

Historical reference to Bjorn Ironside: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rn_Ironside

 

young Bjorn and grown Bjorn

young Bjorn and grown Bjorn

Because both of these young men have had such importance from the very beginning, I will list them both!

Young Bjorn

young Bjorn

young Bjorn

young Bjorn with parents, Ragnar and Lagertha

young Bjorn with parents, Ragnar and Lagertha

young Bjorn with Raganr

young Bjorn with Raganr

young Bjorn

young Bjorn

Nathan O’Toole: Nathan O’Toole (born 17 March 1998)  is an Irish actor, known for playing the part of Bjorn in the 2013 TV series Vikings. He also played in the series The Borgias as Vincenzo. He lives in Dunshaughlin.

Nathan O'Toole

Nathan O’Toole

Nathan O'Toole

Nathan O’Toole

Nathan O'Toole

Nathan O’Toole

 

Grown Bjorn:

Grown Bjorn with Ragnar and young half brother.

Grown Bjorn with Ragnar and young half brother.

Grown Bjorn Ironside

Grown Bjorn Ironside

grown Bjorn with Mother, Lagertha

grown Bjorn with Mother, Lagertha

grown Bjorn

grown Bjorn

 

Alexander Ludwig: Alexander Richard Ludwig (born May 7, 1992) is a Canadian actor, singer and model. His notable film credits include The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising, Lone Survivor, Disney‘s Race to Witch Mountain,  and The Hunger Games. He currently appears in the History Channel series Vikings.

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Ludwig

 

 

Earl Haraldson: Gabriel Byrne as Earl Haraldson, Ragnar’s predecessor as Earl of Kattegat (Season 1).

Earl Haraldson

Earl Haraldson

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Earl Haraldson2

 

Earl Haraldson on his death boat

Earl Haraldson on his death boat

 

Gabriel Byrne: Gabriel James Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1979. Byrne’s screen debut came in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. He has now starred in over 35 feature films, such as The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing, Stigmata, Spider and End of Days, in addition to writing two. Byrne’s producing credits include the Academy Award–nominated In the Name of the Father. He has received much critical acclaim for his role as Dr. Paul Weston in the HBO drama In Treatment.

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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000321/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

 

Helga:  Maude Hirst as Helga, wife of Floki. Helga is listed as recurring cast and does not marry Floki until season 2.

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Maude HirstMaude Hirst is an actress and producer, known for Vikings (2013), The Tudors (2007) and Cash and Curry (2008).

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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2542123/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

 

 

The Seer: John Kavanagh as The Seer, the seiðr of Kattegat.

Seiðr:

Seiðr (sometimes anglicized as seidhr, seidh,  seidr, seithr or seith)  is an Old Norse term  for  a type of sorcery which was practiced in Norse society during the Late Scandinavian Iron  Age. Connected with Norse religion, its origins are largely unknown, although it gradually eroded following the Christianization of Scandinavia. Accounts of seiðr  later made it into sagas and other literary sources, while further evidence has been unearthed by archaeologists. Various scholars have debated the nature of seiðr, some  arguing that it was shamanic in context, involving visionary  journeys by its practitioners.

Seiðr  practitioners were of both genders, although females are more widely attested, with such sorceresses being variously known as vǫlur, seiðkonur  and vísendakona. There were also accounts  of male practitioners, known as seiðmenn, but in  practicing magic they brought a social taboo, known as ergi, on to themselves, and were sometimes persecuted as a result.  In many cases these magical  practitioners would have had assistants to aid them in their rituals.

Within pre-Christian Norse mythology, seiðr was associated with both the god Oðinn, a deity who was simultaneously responsible for war, poetry and sorcery, as well as the goddess Freyja, a member of the Vanir who was believed to have taught the practice to the Æsir.

In the 20th century, adherents of various modern pagan new religious movements adopted forms of magico-religious practice that include seiðr. The practices of these contemporary seiðr-workers have since been investigated by various academic researchers operating in the field of pagan studies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei%C3%B0r

The Seer

The Seer

The Seer with Athelstan

The Seer with Athelstan

The Seer played by John Kavanagh2

The Seer played by John Kavanagh2

The Seer3

The Seer3

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The Seer played by John Kavanagh

The Seer played by John Kavanagh

John Kavenagh: John Kavanagh is one of Ireland’s underrated character actors. Little detail is given on him, yet he has appeared in many well-known films and television series alongside a variety of actors.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0442559/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

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john kavenagh

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John-Kavanagh

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0442559/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

 

Thyri: Elinor Crawley as Thyri, daughter of Earl Haraldson and Siggy (Season 1).

Thyri, daughter of Earl Haraldson and Siggy

Thyri, daughter of Earl Haraldson and Siggy

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Elinor Crawley:

Elinor Crawley (born November 9, 1991 in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom) is a Welsh actress who is best known for her role in TV series ‘Vikings’ as Thyri and in ‘The White Queen’ as Princess Cecily.

Elinor made her debut in 2007 in the first episode of ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ and in 2011 in kids’ TV show ‘Tati’s Hotel’ as the adorable Dizzee. She made her feature film debut in 2010, in ‘Submarine’.

She attended the Whitchurch High School and The Workshop, a unique film and television performance training project based in Cardiff, South Wales.

In 2014, we will see Elinor in a short film ‘The Tap Tap Lady’ alongside George Blagden and in a feature film ‘Suburbs’, directed by Jeppe Rønde.

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http://elinor-crawley.com/

 

Gyda: Ruby O’Leary as Gyda, daughter of Ragnar and Lagertha (Season 1).

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Ruby O’Leary:

 

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2 thoughts on “Vikings Saga Cast, Characters and reference information

  1. Exactly.

    The character of Floki is based on Flóki Vilgerðarson.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hrafna-Fl%C3%B3ki_Vilger%C3%B0arson

    Flóki Vilgerðarson (b. 9th century) was the first Norseman to deliberately sail to Iceland. His story is documented in the Landnámabók manuscript; however, the precise year of his arrival is not clear. He settled in this new land then known as Garðarshólmi.

    Floki was accompanied by his family on his journey. His wife was named Gró and his children included Oddleifur and Þjóðgerður. From Western Norway he set sail to the Shetland Islands where it is said his daughter drowned. He continued his journey and landed in the Faroe Islands where another of his daughters was wed. There he took three ravens to help him find his way to Iceland, and thus, he was nicknamed Raven-Floki (Norse and Icelandic; Hrafna-Flóki) and he is commonly remembered by that name.

    Others making the trip included Thorolf (Þórólfr) and two men named Herjolf and Faxe (Herjólfr and Faxi). After sailing for a while from the Faroes, Floki set one of the ravens free. The first raven flew back to the Faroes; later, the second flew up in the air and back on board, but the third flew northwest and did not return. Floki now knew they were close to land, and so they followed the third raven. After sailing west past Reykjanes they spotted a large bay. Faxi remarked that they seemed to have found great land. The bay facing Reykjavík was therefore known as Faxaflói (—lit. Faxi’s bay).

    Floki set up a winter camp in Vatnsfjörður at Barðaströnd. The summer was very good, so Floki was ill-prepared for the cold winter that followed. Waiting for the spring, Floki hiked up the highest mountain above his camp, now believed to be Nónfell in Westfjords. From there, he spotted a large fjord; Ísafjörður, then full of drift ice. Thus, he named the entire land Ísland (—Iceland).

    When Floki and the other men returned to Norway, they were asked about the newly found land. Floki believed it to be worthless. Herjolf believed that the land had both good and bad qualities. Thorolf claimed that butter was smeared on every straw on the land that they had found. Thorolf was then nicknamed Thorolf Butter (Icelandic; Þórólfur smjör). Despite speaking ill of the land, Floki later returned and settled to live there to his death.

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