Christopher Heyerdahl

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Christopher Heyerdahl
Christopher Heyerdahl at The Sanctuary Experience in 2010.jpg
Christopher Heyerdahl at The Sanctuary Experience Convention in Vancouver in 2010
Born (1963-09-18) September 18, 1963 (age 53)
British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)

Christopher Heyerdahl (born September 18, 1963) is a Canadian actor who has had roles in many television shows and movies.

Early life and family[edit]

Heyerdahl was born in the mountains of British Columbia and is of Norwegian and Scottish descent.[1] His father emigrated from Norway to Canada in the 1950s. Thor Heyerdahl was his father's cousin.[2] Heyerdahl also speaks Norwegian fairly well and studied for some time at the University of Oslo.


Heyerdahl is primarily known for his recurring role as the enigmatic "Swede" in AMC's Hell on Wheels. This post-American Civil War drama debuted as the second highest rated original series in AMC history. He is also known for his role as Leonid in the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode "The Thirteenth Floor" and as Nosferatu in the episode "Midnight Madness". He played the characters Halling and Wraith commander Todd in Stargate Atlantis, and Pallan in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Revisions". He played H. P. Lovecraft in the film Out of Mind: The Stories of H. P. Lovecraft (1998) and a punk, new at drug dealing, in Cadavres (2009).

He played the part of the demon Alastair in three episodes of Supernatural. He also played the part of Zor-El in the television series Smallville, as well as playing John Druitt and Bigfoot in the series Sanctuary.[3]

He had a role in the feature film New Moon, an adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's second book in her Twilight Saga. In this film, he played a vampire, Marcus, who is part of a powerful Italian family called the Volturi. He reprised that role in both parts of Breaking Dawn, the two part adaption of the fourth book in the Twilight Saga.

He played the part of Dieter Braun on True Blood during the show's 5th season, which aired summer 2012.

In 2015, Heyerdahl hosted the Leo Awards gala ceremony.[4]


Year Film / Television Role Other notes
1987 21 Jump Street Jake 1 episode
1993 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Leonid 2 episodes
1994 Highlander III: The Sorcerer Ponytail
The Maharaja's Daughter Walt TV miniseries
Warrior Milo
1996 Coyote Run Judd Lush as Chris Heyerdahl
Silent Trigger O'Hara
Rowing Through Paul Enquist TV
Twists of Terror Darien TV
1997 The Education of Little Tree Pine Billy
The Hunger Arthur 1 episode
The Peacekeeper Hettinger
Affliction Frankie Lacoy as Chris Heyerdahl
Bleeders Narrator
Habitat Eric Thornton as Chris Heyerdahl
The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon Fellow Gambler #2
1998 The Ghosts of Dickens' Past Charles Dickens
Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft Howard P. Lovecraft TV
Lassie Alfred Kraus 1 episode
1999 Babel Preficator as Chris Heyerdahl
Requiem for Murder Det. Lou Heinz
Fish Out of Water Bobby Fish
2 frères Bobby Vieira
2000 La Femme Nikita Colin Starnes 1 episode
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne D'Artagnan 2 episodes
Nuremberg Ernst Kaltenbrunner TV
Believe Thad Stiles
Press Run Mickey Collins
Nowhere in Sight Lewis Gills
2001 La Loi du cochon Jodorowsky (Junkie)
Varian's War Marius Franken TV
2002 John Doe Dr.Hillman 2 episodes, 2002–2003
Just Cause Dr. Tolkien 1 episode
Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher Dr. Jacob Mortas TV
Aftermath Evan Harper
India: Kingdom of the Tiger Jim Corbett
Napoléon (miniseries) Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
2003 Jeremiah Paul Wiel 1 episode
Les Aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter Lennie 2 episodes
Stargate SG-1 Pallan 1 episode
Andromeda Gaiton 1 episode
2004 Blade: Trinity Caulder
Life As We Know It Mr. Mitchell 1 episode
Catwoman Rocker
Kingdom Hospital Reverend Jimmy Criss 3 episodes
The Chronicles of Riddick Helion Politico
Le Dernier Tunnel Smiley
2005 Kamataki Scott
Into the West James 'Jim' Ebbets 1 episode
Le Survenant Mike l'Irlandais aka The Outlander
2006 Le 7e round Arthur Kennedy TV mini-series
Whistler Justin Talbert 1 episode
Psych Long Hair 1 episode
The Dead Zone Zed 1 episode
Saved John the Baptist 1 episode
The Collector Jan van der Heyden 1 episode
Won - Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series[5]
2007 Smallville Zor-El 2 episodes
Les Sœurs Elliot Alcidez Barling 1 episode
The Invisible Dr. Woland
Masters of Horror Rufus Griswold 1 episode
Killer Wave Stanley Schiff TV mini-series
2008 Sanctuary John Druitt and Bigfoot 10 episodes; 2007–2009
Won - Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series[6]
Stargate: Atlantis Todd and Halling 13 and 6 episodes respectively
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Marcus Volturi
Sanctuary John Druitt and Bigfoot
Supernatural Alastair 3 episodes
Cadavres Paolo
2010 Caprica Kevin Reikle
2011-2016 Hell on Wheels The Swede 39 episodes
Nominated - Golden Maple Award for Newcomer of the year in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. (2016)[7]
Nominated - Golden Maple Award for Best Actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. (2016)[7]
2011 R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series Fear (but credited as “Collector”) 1 episode
Won - Leo Award for Best Performance in a Youth or Children's Program or Series[8]
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Marcus Volturi
2012 True Blood Dieter Braun Recurring
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Marcus Volturi
2013 Vegas Calvin 1 episode
Falling Skies Duane Pickett 1 episode
Castle Henri 1 episode
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marc Ratelle 1 episode
Nikita Matthew Collins 1 episode
Three Days in Havana Anders
2014 The Calling Simon
Beauty & the Beast Dr. Nicholas Markus 1 episode
Rush Martin Arisson 1 episode
2015 Gotham Jack Buchinsky/Electrocutioner Recurring
Dig Olaf Pilot episode
Minority Report Dr. Lionel Gray Recurring
Arrow Damien Darhk's Assistant 1 episode
Eadweard Pepper Won - Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male[9]
2016 Honeyglue Dennis
12 Monkeys the Keeper 1 episode "Hyena"
Van Helsing (TV Series) Sam Recurring Character


  1. ^ "'Sanctuary' star Christopher Heyerdahl ignites 'Hell on Wheels'". Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Wood, Martin; Shanks, Michael; Jim Menard (2002). Stargate SG-1: Season 7 – Audio Commentary for "Revisions" (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Francois Marchand (2015-06-11). "Leo Awards celebrate B.C.'s booming Hollywood North". National Post. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  5. ^ "2006 winners" (PDF). Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "2010 winners" (PDF). Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "2012 winners" (PDF). Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "It's a Violent sweep at the Leos". Georgia Straight. 2015-06-14. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 

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