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Vikings Actresses In Real Life

Amy Bailey – Queen Kwenthrith

Amy Bailey played Queen Kwenthrith of Mercia on Vikings. The character is apparently based on a Mercian princess named Kwenthrith, a name that means “woman of power”. Unfortunately for her, and thus for Amy, Kwenthrith was killed off in season four.

Amy is an American actress who has done BBC drama, SyFy’s flagship show Dominion, played the lead in Supercollider, and various other things. She is an experienced comedy actress so her portrayal of the character of Kwenthrith is very out of character for her, so to speak. Amy was a ballerina from a young age, even performing in the renowned Joffrey Ballet and as a professional abroad. She began acting in the theater with numerous lead roles that eventually lead to film, television, collaboration with several fashion labels, and being active in the comedy improv scene in London and Los Angeles.

Karima McAdams – Kassia

You won’t see her until S5 airs in November 2017, but the smoldering Karima McAdams will join the cast of Vikings this fall. She is of Irish, Greek, and Moroccan ancestry, but she brings her character of Kassia to life as a Viking perfectly. You may be wondering about the whole Tomb Raider thing she has going on, and it is because in 2006, she was chosen to be the face and representative of Lara Croft. She was the 7th model to take on the role.

Born on Valentine’s Day 1985, Karima is currently filming the 2017 series Fearless, in which she will have a much bigger role than Kassia, who you will get to know on Vikings this fall. Other than Vikings, though, Karima is known for AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Frontier Blues, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Alyssa Sutherland – Queen Aslaug

Australian Alyssa Sutherland played one of the only major female characters of the entire show, Queen Aslaug. Aslaug is the clever and beautiful daughter of the famed dragon slayer Sigurd. As many actresses do, Alyssa got her start in modeling at the age of 15. A native of Brisbane, Australia, Alyssa began modeling at the age 15 and soon after appeared on her first of multiple Vogue Australia covers. Alyssa then moved to New York, where she continued modeling and appeared in campaigns for Calvin Klein, Coco Chanel, Ralph Lauren and Bulgari, among others. Now 35, she has been a part of Vikings from 2013-2016, and before that, she appeared in several independent films, and in bigger ones as well, like The Devil Wears Prada. She is married to her longtime partner, Laurence Shanet, whom she married on a beach in Thailand in 2012, and now resides in Los Angeles. Alyssa is currently starring in Spike TV’s The Mist.

Maude Hirst – Helga

Helga was played by the equally lovely Maude Hirst. Besides her part on Vikings, she also starred in the Tudors as kat Ashley, governess to Queen Elizabeth I. On Vikings, her character Helga was known for her romance with Floki, a boat builder and trickster who eventually became her husband and the father to her late daughter Angrboda.

Maude is the daughter of Michael Hirst, the creator of Vikings, and the sister of Georgia Hirst, who is also part of the cast, albeit in a much smaller role. 

Georgia Hirst – Torvi

Maude’s younger sister and therefor also the daughter of the show’s creator is Georgia Hirst, the 21-year-old who plays Torvi. Torvi was the second wife and widow of Jarl Borg, and when he died, she married Erlendur, the son of King Horik. The younger Hirst studied at the Drama Centre in London, and is assigned to the United Agents Talent Agency, splitting her time between her home of London and Dublin for filming. The fair blonde (who looks perfectly Scandinavian) has a seemingly good sense of humor, too, judging by her Twitter account, which is ripe with dry and sarcastic sentiments (in 140 characters or less, mind you) about Torvi and Vikings. One example: “Got my Viking equivalent of a spraytan. Dirt.” And “In for another round of bleach tomorrow. #sorryhair #doitforTorvi”. At least she is dedicated!

Morgane Polanski – Princess Gisla

Parisian-born Morgane Polanski is the daughter of Roman Polanski, who infamously fled the United States after being convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl. His daughter Morgane appeared in one of his most famous movies, The Pianist, and since has appeared in Oliver Twist, The Ghost Writer, Unhallowed Ground, and ofcourse, Vikings. She plays Princess Gisla, the elegant daughter of Emperor Charles of Frankia and who can be seen in seasons three and four of Vikings. Gisla’s other titles are Duchess of Normandy and Princess of Frankia. Like her costar Georgia Hirst, Morgane also studied at the Drama Centre in London. She refuses to let her father’s crime and escape nearly 40 years ago define her, yet says she would never change her father’s name, and says, “I think Polanski is a beautiful name.”

Katheryn Winnick – Lagertha

The beautiful Katheryn Winnick holds the largest female role on Vikings, that of the shield maiden Lagertha, first wife of Ragnar Lothbrok. She is a tough Earl-turned-queen, who fights alongside her men and shieldmaidens. Katheryn has been on several television shows including Person of Interest, Bones, and House and most recently starred in the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The dark tower. She has a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and by 21 years old, she had founded and owned three martial arts schools. The 38-year-old beauty likes being one of the boys, and said of her role as Lagertha, “I was told this is a male-dominated network and the male demographic is stronger than female. This is a show about Vikings and you are just the wife. I remember thinking that was not the way I was going to play it.”

Gaia Weiss – Porunn

Gaia Weiss is a 25-year-old French model and actress who played Porunn on seasons 2 and 3. Porunn is a former slave girl turned shield maiden in Kattegat, and the former wife of Björn. Gaia is best known for being in The Legend of Hercules, Mary Queen of Scots, and this role in Vikings, as well as other foreign titles. She is an accomplished ballet dancer who likes getting down and dirty right along with the boys. Once, while filming season two of Vikings, she ripped her knuckles open fighting with Alexander Ludwig of The Hunger Games. She loves Breaking Bad, Sour Cream Pringles, and gulping down Heinekens. Gaia once dated captain of the Harry Potter Gryffindor Quidditch team, Sean Biggerstaff.