Christopher Heyerdahl

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Christopher Heyerdahl
Christopher Heyerdahl at The Sanctuary Experience in 2010.jpg
Heyerdahl at The Sanctuary Experience Convention in Vancouver in 2010
Born (1963-09-18) September 18, 1963 (age 56)
Years active1987–present

Christopher Heyerdahl (born September 18, 1963) is a Canadian actor who portrayed the Wraith Todd in Stargate Atlantis, Sam in Van Helsing and "Swede" in Hell on Wheels.

Early life and family[edit]

Heyerdahl was born in British Columbia, Canada, 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 and studied at the University of Oslo.[3]


Heyerdahl is primarily known for his recurring role as the enigmatic "Swede" in AMC's Hell on Wheels.[4][5] 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,[6] and Pallan in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Revisions".[6] 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.[5] 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.[5] He played the part of Dieter Braun on True Blood during the show's 5th season.[5]

His most notable film role was 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.[4]

He has also performed on stage, and was a member of the Young Company at the Stratford Festival in 1989 and 1990.[7]

In 2015, Heyerdahl hosted the Leo Awards gala ceremony.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Highlander III: The Sorcerer Ponytail
Warrior Milo
1996 Coyote Run Judd Lush Credited as Chris Heyerdahl
Silent Trigger O'Hara
Rowing Through Paul Enquist TV film
1997 Twists of Terror Darien TV film
The Education of Little Tree Pine Billy
The Peacekeeper Hettinger
Affliction Frankie Lacoy Credited as Chris Heyerdahl
Bleeders Narrator
Habitat Eric Thornton Credited 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 film
1999 Babel Preficator Credited as Chris Heyerdahl
Requiem for Murder Det. Lou Heinz
Fish Out of Water Bobby Fish
2 frères Bobby Vieira
2000 Nuremberg Ernst Kaltenbrunner TV film
Believe Thad Stiles
Press Run Mickey Collins
Nowhere in Sight Lewis Gills
2001 The Pig's Law (La Loi du cochon) Jodorowsky (Junkie)
Varian's War Marius Franken TV film
2002 Matthew Blackheart: Monster Smasher Dr. Jacob Mortas TV film
Aftermath Evan Harper
India: Kingdom of the Tiger Jim Corbett
2004 Blade: Trinity Caulder
Catwoman Rocker
The Chronicles of Riddick Helion Politico
The Last Tunnel (Le Dernier tunnel) Smiley
2005 Kamataki Scott
The Outlander (Le Survenant) Mike l'Irlandais
2007 The Invisible Dr. Woland
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Marcus Volturi
Cadavres Paolo
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Marcus Volturi
2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Marcus Volturi
2013 Three Days in Havana Anders
2014 The Calling Simon
2015 Eadweard Pepper Won–Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male[9]
2016 Honeyglue Dennis
2018 Sicario: Day of the Soldado Headmaster Deats
Stockholm Chief Mattsson
2019 Adopt a Highway Jim
Togo George Maynard


Year Title Role Notes
1987 21 Jump Street Jake Episode: "Next Generation"
1993 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Leonid 2 episodes
1994 The Maharaja's Daughter Walt TV miniseries
1997 The Hunger Arthur Episode: "A Matter of Style"
1999 Lassie Alfred Kraus Episode: "The Manhunt"
2000 La Femme Nikita Colin Starnes Episode: "Sleeping with the Enemy"
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne D'Artagnan 2 episodes
2002–2003 John Doe Dr. Hillman 2 episodes
2002 Just Cause Dr. Tolkien Episode: "Human Trials"
Napoléon Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
2002–2003 John Doe Dr. Hillman 2 episodes
2003 Jeremiah Paul Wiel Episode:
Les Aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter Lennie 2 episodes
Stargate SG-1 Pallan Episode: "Revisions"
Andromeda Gaiton Episode: "Deep Midnight's Voice”
2004 Life As We Know It Mr. Mitchell Episode: "Pilot"
Kingdom Hospital Reverend Jimmy Criss 3 episodes
2004–2009 Stargate: Atlantis Todd, Halling, Male Wriath 22 episodes
2005 Into the West James 'Jim' Ebbets Episode: "Manifest Destiny"
2006 Le 7e round Arthur Kennedy TV mini-series
Whistler Justin Talbert Episode: "The Looks of Love"
Psych Long Hair Episode: "Pilot"
The Dead Zone Zed Episode: "Panic"
Saved John the Baptist Episode: "A Day in the Life"
The Collector Jan van der Heyden Episode: "The Alchemist"
Won–Leo Award for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series[10]
2007 Smallville Zor-El 2 episodes
Les Sœurs Elliot Alcidez Barling
Masters of Horror Rufus Griswold Episode: "The Black Cat"
Killer Wave Stanley Schiff TV mini-series
2007–2009 Sanctuary John Druitt and Bigfoot 10 episodes
Won–Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series[11]
2009 Supernatural Alastair 3 episodes
2010 Caprica Kevin Reikle
2011–2016 Hell on Wheels Thor "The Swede" Gundersen 39 episodes
Won–ACTRA Montreal Award for Outstanding Performance – Male (2013)[12]
Nominated–Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series (2015)[13]
Nominated–Golden Maple Award for Newcomer of the year in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. (2016)[14]
Nominated–Golden Maple Award for Best Actor in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. (2016)[14]
Nominated–Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series (2017)[15]
2011 R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series Fear (but credited as "Collector") Episode: "Fear Never Knocks"
Won–Leo Award for Best Performance in a Youth or Children's Program or Series[16]
2012 True Blood Dieter Braun Recurring role
2013 Vegas Calvin Episode: "Unfinished Business"
Falling Skies Duane Pickett Episode: "The Pickett Line"
Castle Henri Episode: "Hunt"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Marc Ratelle Episode: "In Vino Veritas"
Nikita Matthew Collins Episode: "Broken Home"
2014 Beauty & the Beast Dr. Nicholas Markus Episode: "Redemption"
Rush Martin Arisson Episode: "Learning to Fly"
2015 Gotham Jack Buchinsky/Electrocutioner Recurring role
Dig Olaf Pilot episode
Minority Report Dr. Lionel Gray Recurring role
3 episodes
Arrow Damien Darhk's Assistant Episode: "My Name Is Oliver Queen"
2016 12 Monkeys The Keeper Episode: "Hyena"
2016–2019 Van Helsing Sam Recurring role
Nominated–Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series (2017)[15]
2017 Midnight, Texas Hightower Episode: "Unearthed"
The Librarians Grigori Rasputin Episode: "And the Graves of Time"
2017–2018 Damnation Don Berryman Main role
10 episodes
2017–present Tin Star Louis Gagnon Recurring role
9 episodes
2018 Travelers Andrew Matthias Graham Episode: "Archive"
2019 Pure Augustus Nickel Recurring role
6 episodes (season 2)
2020 Messiah (American TV series) Oscar Wallace Episode: "God is Greater"


Year Title Role
2017 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Horton Boone
2018 Far Cry 5 Sheriff Earl Whitehorse


  1. ^ "'Sanctuary' star Christopher Heyerdahl ignites 'Hell on Wheels'". Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  2. ^ Wood, Martin; Shanks, Michael; Jim Menard (2002). Stargate SG-1: Season 7 – Audio Commentary for "Revisions" (DVD). MGM Home Entertainment.
  3. ^ "'Sanctuary' star Christopher Heyerdahl ignites 'Hell on Wheels'". tribunedigital-redeyechicago. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Christopher Heyerdahl Talks HELL ON WHEELS and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1". Collider. November 28, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Furminger, Sabrina. "Christopher Heyerdahl revels in twisted 'Hell on Wheels' role". Westender. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "GateWorld - Interviews: Ace of Wraith (Christopher Heyerdahl - January 2008)". Archived from the original on July 7, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
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  8. ^ Francois Marchand (June 11, 2015). "Leo Awards celebrate B.C.'s booming Hollywood North". National Post. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "It's a Violent sweep at the Leos". Georgia Straight. June 14, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "2006 winners" (PDF). Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  11. ^ "2010 winners" (PDF). Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "ACTRA Montreal – 2013 ACTRA Awards in Montreal – Winners!". Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "2015 nominees" (PDF). Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Golden Maple Awards Nominees Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Leo Awards, Nominees by Name 2017". Leo Awards. Archived from the original on May 27, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "2012 winners" (PDF). Retrieved November 10, 2016.

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