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Alyssa Sutherland

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Alyssa Sutherland
Sutherland in 2023
Born (1982-09-23) 23 September 1982 (age 41)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation(s)Actress, model
(m. 2012; div. 2013)
Modelling information
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Hair colourStrawberry blonde
Eye colourBlue
AgencyChic Management, Next Model Management[1]

Alyssa Sutherland (born 23 September 1982) is an Australian actress and model best known for her roles as Queen Aslaug on the History Channel television series Vikings and Ellie in Evil Dead Rise, the fifth installment of the Evil Dead franchise.

Early life[edit]

Sutherland was born in Brisbane.[2]



Sutherland's modelling career began when she won the 1997 annual Bonne Belle model search of Girlfriend, a teen magazine in Australia. Following her win, she signed a contract with Vogue Australia.

Sutherland has had an extensive runway, print and television modeling career, appearing in campaigns for Bulgari, Ralph Lauren, Garnier, Calvin Klein, Chanel, John Frieda, Kerastase, Hugo Boss and Abercrombie & Fitch.[3]

Sutherland has appeared on the cover of magazines for Vogue Australia, Harper's Bazaar Singapore and Japan, Elle Germany, Australian Style, Glamour Italy and Black and White. Sutherland has also shot extensive editorial for Vogue (Germany, Australia, Italy, Greece and U.S.), Elle (Australia and U.S.), Marie-Claire (UK), Harper's Bazaar (Australia), Glamour Italy, I.D., Wallpaper* and The Face and Scene. Sutherland has worked with renowned fashion photographers, including Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Ellen von Unwerth and Steven Meisel.[3][4]

In 2007, Sutherland became the newest Flake Girl when Cadbury revived its iconic TV advertisements after a five-year hiatus. The advertisement shows her, in reverse time, eating a Flake bar in a convertible during a rain shower.[5] She is one of several former Cadbury advert actors to speak out in favour of the "Keep Cadbury British" campaign in opposition to the sale of Cadbury to a non-British owner.

Since transitioning away from modeling, Sutherland has expressed guilt about having contributed to the "unrealistic standards" of beauty set by the fashion industry and has been critical of its "strict" and damaging size requirements.[6]


Sutherland's acting career includes roles in the films The Devil Wears Prada, Day on Fire and Arbitrage. In May 2021, Sutherland was cast in the 2023 film Evil Dead Rise as Ellie, the possessed Deadite later known as "The Marauder".[7][8][9][10]

She also starred in the television series New Amsterdam, Vikings, The Mist, Timeless and New Gold Mountain.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, she married her boyfriend, Laurence Shanet.[13] The couple divorced shortly thereafter in 2013.[14]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Clacker
2006 Day on Fire Shira
2009 Don't Look Up Claire
2012 Arbitrage Jeffrey's receptionist
2019 Blood Vessel Jane Prescott
2023 Evil Dead Rise Ellie
Year Title Role Notes
2008 New Amsterdam Alice Episode: "Legacy"
2008 Huge Izzy Unsold TV pilot
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kate Episode: "Bang"
2013–2016 Vikings Aslaug 35 episodes
2015 Australia's Next Top Model Herself Episode: "Finale"
2017 The Mist Eve Copeland 10 episodes
2018 Timeless Hedy Lamarr Episode: 2.03 "Hollywoodland"
2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sadie Parker Episode: "Plastic"
2021 New Gold Mountain Belle Roberts Miniseries


  1. ^ "Fashion Model Directory".
  2. ^ Dale, David (15 March 2015). "The Tribal Mind: Vikings queen stand up for her lines". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Chic Management". Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Not just pretty faces". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 February 2005. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Cadbury brings back Flake Girl". The Guardian. 10 February 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Interview - Alyssa Sutherland". Schön!. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  7. ^ Couch, Aaron (26 May 2021). "'Evil Dead Rise' Set at New Line, HBO Max". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  8. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (22 April 2023). "How Alyssa Sutherland Went from Successful Model to 'Evil Dead' Deadite". Collider. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  9. ^ Massoto, Erick (24 April 2023). "'Evil Dead Rise' Needed a 'Human Centipede'-Like Suit to Create Its Act 3 Big Bad". Collider. Retrieved 24 April 2023.
  10. ^ Team Cherry (20 April 2023). ""Evil Dead Rise" Lets a Mother Be the Horror Show: An Interview with Alyssa Sutherland (And she kills it…)". CherryPicks. Retrieved 20 April 2023.
  11. ^ Mitchell, John (25 April 2013). "'Vikings' season finale: Mysterious beauty tempts Ragnar". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  12. ^ "SBS Corporate".
  13. ^ "Reference at www.heraldsun.com.au".
  14. ^ "Reference at doveclove.com". 6 June 2022.

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