Based upon the real-life Viking leader who exploded out of Scandinavia and onto the world stage in the 8th century, Ragnar Lothbrok is a compelling, charismatic man who is always looking to break through barriers and discover new worlds to conquer. Starting out as a restless young warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the sea and claim the spoils as his own, in season 1, he is now a earl (king). With more power than ever before, his desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms remains unquenchable.
Australian native Travis Fimmel was most recently seen starring alongside Billy Bob Thornton in the independent feature film The Baytown Outlaws. He also played a supporting role opposite Matthew McConaughey in the comedy Surfer, Dude. Additional independent film credits include Ivory Trade, Needle, Restraint, The Experiment with Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker, and the recently wrapped Harodim, opposite Peter Fonda. On television, he starred opposite the late Patrick Swayze in the drama The Beast. Fimmel is currently filming the lead role in World of Warcraft, also starring Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper and Paula Patton.
Once a devout monk living a peaceful and humble life at a monastery in Northumbria, Athelstan is spared by Ragnar after his monastery is pillaged by the Vikings. Although Ragnar takes Athelstan captive as a slave, he treats him well and eventually befriends him. As he lives amongst the Vikings, Athelstan learns that their culture is shockingly different from the Christian religion, from their attitude toward their gods to sex and sacrifice.
George Blagden got his start immediately after graduating from the prestigious Guildhall Drama School, which he attended on a full scholarship, in the independent feature The Philosophers opposite Rhys Wakefield, Sophie Lowe, James D’Arcy and Daryl Sabara. Last year he appeared in Universal’s Les Miserables as Grantaire. He also appeared in Warner Bros.’ Wrath of the Titans. Blagden was featured in Variety’s “Ten Brits to Watch” along with Sam Claflin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tuppence Middleton, to name a few.
Lagertha is the wife of Ragnar Lothbrok and their marriage is a love- match. She is a strong shield-maiden and warrior. She fights in the shield-wall beside her husband and her brothers. She is independent and strong-willed both in protecting her family and accompanying her husband on some of his dangerous and daring raids.
Canadian-born Katheryn Winnick appears opposite Charlie Sheen in A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and alongside Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin in Stand Up Guys. Other career highlights include the comedy Love and Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway; the action comedy Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl; and a recurring role as David Boreanaz’s love interest on the primetime TV series Bones. She was most recently nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for her performance in Vikings.
The character of Rollo, Ragnar’s brother, is impulsive, wild, care-free and compulsive. The relationship between Rollo and Ragnar is intense and always unpredictable. Ragnar can never be certain of his brother’s loyalty, but is always extremely grateful to receive it, for Rollo is a formidable warrior.
Actor Clive Standen is best known for his portrayal of Sir Gawain in the Starz original series Camelot alongside Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green, and for his starring role in the BBC America series Robin Hood. He previously appeared in the award-winning sci-fi BBC series Doctor Who and the drama Operation Barras.
Siggy is the shrewd widow of Earl Haraldson. After her husband was defeated and killed by Ragnar, Siggy is hired by Lagertha and serves his family. Siggy has lost her husband, all of her children and her authority in Kattegat, but has not lost her desire for power.
Jessalyn Gilsig has had lead roles in the hit series Glee, Nip/Tuck and Boston Public, and stand-out recurring roles on Friday Night Lights, Heroes, Prison Break, Snoops, The Practice and NYPD Blue. Next on the horizon is the independent film Somewhere Slow, on which she served double-duty as star and producer. Gilsig has also worked with Robert Redford on The Horse Whisperer and Sally Field in A Cooler Climate. Other credits include Chicks with Sticks, See This Movie and Flood.
Floki is a genius ship-builder and he designs and builds the prototype of the new generation of Viking ships which can sail across the open ocean and up the shallowest of rivers. Without Floki, Ragnar would have never been able to fulfill his dreams of discovering new lands and new civilizations. A close and loyal friend of Ragnar’s, Floki is an entertaining, yet dangerous jester.
Gustaf Skarsgård is one of Sweden’s most prominent and prolific actors. He began acting as a 9-year-old opposite his father Stellan in Cod Name: Coq Rouge. After graduating from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2003, he became an ensemble member of the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Skarsgård starred in many Swedish cinematic successes: Evil (nominated for a Guldbagge for Best Supporting Role, the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Awards), The Invisible, Kidz in da Hood (earning a Guldbagge for the lead), and many more. In 2007, he received the European Film Academy’s Shooting Star Award. His latest films include Peter Weir’s The Way Back (co-starring Ed Harris and Colin Farrell) and the Norwegian adventure drama KonTiki.
Bjorn Lothbrok is the son of Ragnar and Lagertha. Intelligent and determined, Bjorn loves and admires his father above all men. Following in Ragnar’s footsteps, Bjorn desires to test himself as a fighter as well as an explorer.
Best known for his role as Cato in The Hunger Games opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, Alexander Ludwig appeared last year in Grown Ups 2 alongside an all-star comedic cast including Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Chris Rock. He also starred in Disney’s Race to Witch Mountain opposite Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino, and will be seen in the upcoming psychological thriller Final Girl.