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Cast of Vikings in Season 4, from left to right: Linus Roache (Ecbert), Jennie Jacques (Judith), Gustaf Skarsgård (Floki), James Quinn Markey (Ivar), Alyssa Sutherland (Aslaug), Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Ben Robson (Kalf), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Morgane Polanski (Gisla)

Vikings is a historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. Filmed in Ireland, it premiered on 3 March 2013 in Canada.[1]

Vikings is inspired by the sagas of Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the best-known legendary Norse heroes and notorious as the scourge of England and France. The broad historical narrative is based on real events, with some of the principal characters representing real figures from history and/or legend.

The show portrays Ragnar as a former farmer who rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes king of Denmark, with the support of his family and fellow warriors: his brother Rollo, his son Bjorn Ironside, and his wives—the shieldmaiden Lagertha and the princess Aslaug.

Contents

Main characters[edit]

The following is a list of series regulars who have appeared in one or more of the series's five seasons. The characters are listed in the order they were first credited in the series.

Character Actor Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Part 1 Part 2 Part 1 Part 2
Ragnar Lothbrok Travis Fimmel Main Does not appear
Lagertha Katheryn Winnick[a] Main
Rollo Clive Standen Main Guest TBA
Siggy Jessalyn Gilsig Main Does not appear
Floki Gustaf Skarsgård Main
Athelstan George Blagden Main Recurring Guest Body double
Voice[b]
Does not appear
Earl Haraldson Gabriel Byrne Main Does not appear
Aslaug Alyssa Sutherland Main
King Horik Donal Logue Main Does not appear
Bjorn Ironside Alexander Ludwig[c] Recurring Main
King Ecbert Linus Roache Does not appear Main Body double Does not appear
Kalf Ben Robson Does not appear Main Does not appear
Harbard Kevin Durand Does not appear Main Does not appear TBA
Charles Lothaire Bluteau Does not appear Main Does not appear TBA
The Seer John Kavanagh Recurring Main
Harald Finehair Peter Franzén Does not appear Main
Halfdan the Black Jasper Pääkkönen Does not appear Main Does not appear
Aethelwulf Moe Dunford Does not appear Recurring Main Does not appear
Ivar the Boneless Alex Høgh[d] Does not appear Recurring Main
Hvitserk Marco Ilsø[e] Does not appear Recurring Main
Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye David Lindström[f] Does not appear Recurring Main Body double Does not appear
Ubbe Jordan Patrick Smith[g] Does not appear Recurring Main
Bishop Heahmund Jonathan Rhys Meyers Does not appear Main
Cast notes
  1. ^ In the first part of season 5, Lagertha is also portrayed by guest child actress Mabel Hurley.
  2. ^ Uncredited archive voice cameo by George Blagden.
  3. ^ In season 1, Bjorn Ironside is portrayed by recurring child actor Nathan O'Toole. In season 2 and in the second part of season 4, Bjorn Ironside is also portrayed by guest child actor Nathan O'Toole. In the first part of season 4, Bjorn Ironside is also portrayed by recurring child actor Nathan O'Toole.
  4. ^ In seasons 2 and 3, Ivar the Boneless is portrayed by an uncredited infant actor. In the first part of season 4, Ivar the Boneless is portrayed by recurring child actor James Quinn Markey and guest actor Alex Høgh.
  5. ^ In seasons 2 and 3, Hvitserk is portrayed by recurring infant actor Cathal O'Hallin. In the first part of season 4, Hvitserk is portrayed by recurring child actor Stephen Rockett and guest actor Marco Ilsø.
  6. ^ In seasons 2 and 3, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye is portrayed by an uncredited infant actor. In the first part of season 4, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye is portrayed by recurring child actor Elijah O'Sullivan and guest actor David Lindström.
  7. ^ In seasons 2 and 3, Ubbe is portrayed by recurring infant actor Cormac Melia. In the first part of season 4, Ubbe is portrayed by recurring child actor Luke Shanahan and guest actor Jordan Patrick Smith.

Ragnar Lothbrok[edit]

Originally a farmer, Viking Ragnar Lothbrok claims to be descended from the god Odin. He becomes Earl of Kattegat after he challenges and kills the ruthless Earl Haraldson. He is also a feared warrior, becomes a raider of undiscovered lands, and, eventually, King of Denmark. Despite his reputation for ruthlessness and brutality, he is a curious man prepared to learn about other cultures. Based on the legendary Ragnar Lodbrok.

Lagertha[edit]

Lagertha is Ragnar's first wife and a shieldmaiden. Following her separation from Ragnar, Lagertha rises to become Earl of Hedeby in her own right, going by the name Earl Ingstad. Following the deaths of Ragnar and Aslaug, she becomes Queen of Kattegat. Based on the legendary Lagertha.

Rollo[edit]

Ragnar's brother. A ruthless and skilled warrior, but his life in his brother's shadow makes Rollo's feelings towards Ragnar change from love and admiration to hateful jealousy. Eventually, he defects to the Franks and is made Duke of Normandy. Based on the historical Rollo.

Siggy[edit]

Earl Haraldson's wife, and later the love-interest of Rollo. She possesses a strategic mind and an urge to regain her power and influence, but grows to care for Ragnar and his family. She drowns while attempting to save Ragnar's children from a similar fate.

Floki[edit]

A gifted but eccentric shipbuilder and friend of Ragnar. His ships create a revolution in shipwrighting. He considers himself descended from the trickster god Loki. Loosely based on the historical Hrafna-Flóki Vilgerðarson.[2]

Athelstan[edit]

An Anglo-Saxon monk, originally serving at the monastery of Lindisfarne in Northumbria. Captured by Ragnar on his first raid, Athelstan is constantly torn between the customs of Christian England and the pagan ways of Scandinavia. He finally chooses Christ and is murdered by Floki.

Earl Haraldson[edit]

Ragnar's predecessor as Earl of Kattegat and husband of Siggy. He grows to resent Ragnar's ambitions to raid the West, and sees Ragnar's growing popularity as a threat to his rule. He is killed by Ragnar during personal combat.

Aslaug[edit]

Ragnar's second wife, claiming to be the daughter of the shieldmaiden and valkyrie Brynhildr and the dragonslayer Sigurd. She is ultimately killed and usurped by a vengeful Lagertha. Based on the legendary Aslaug.

King Horik of Denmark[edit]

A powerful king in Denmark who ends up being overthrown by Ragnar. Based on the historical Horik I.

Bjorn Ironside[edit]

Ragnar and Lagertha's son, given his epithet by his father after his first battle with the Saxons. Based on the semi-historical or legendary Björn Ironside.

King Ecbert of Wessex[edit]

Ruler of the most powerful kingdom in England. He dreams of becoming Bretwalda and becomes an unlikely friend of Ragnar. Based on the historical Egbert of Wessex.

Kalf[edit]

  • Played by Ben Robson (seasons 3–4)

A prominent and ambitious Hedeby villager who later betrays Lagertha and takes her earldom.

Harbard[edit]

A charismatic wanderer and storyteller who visits Kattegat.

Emperor Charles of West Francia[edit]

Ruler in Paris, he witnesses Ragnar's attack on the city and later employs Rollo as a defender against Viking raids. Charles is a composite character drawing from the historical Charles the Bald (grandson of Charlemagne who first defended Paris from the Vikings), Charles the Fat (who commanded Odo) and Charles the Simple (who encountered Rollo, and may have had a daughter Gisela).

The Seer[edit]

Seiðr of Kattegat. He often provides mysterious predictions to the characters.

King Harald Finehair[edit]

An ambitious Viking who seeks to become the king of all of Norway. Based on the semi-historical or legendary Harald Fairhair.

Halfdan the Black[edit]

Harald's violent younger brother. A composite character of the historical Halfdan Ragnarsson and semi-historical or legendary Halfdan the Black, the father of Harald Fairhair.

Aethelwulf[edit]

Son of King Ecbert and a fanatical Christian. He is married to Princess Judith, with whom he has a son, Prince Aethelred. He dies by asphyxiation after being stung by a bee. Based on the historical Aethelwulf.

Ivar the Boneless[edit]

  • Played by an uncredited infant actor (seasons 2–3), James Quinn Markey (season 4) and Alex Høgh (seasons 4–present)

Ragnar and Aslaug's conflicted fourth son. A birth defect has rendered his legs useless and left him impotent. Based on the historical Ivar the Boneless.

Hvitserk[edit]

  • Played by Cathal O'Hallin (seasons 2–3), Stephen Rockett (season 4) and Marco Ilsø (seasons 4–present)

Ragnar and Aslaug's second son. Based on the semi-historical or legendary Hvitserk.

Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye[edit]

  • Played by an uncredited infant actor (seasons 2–3), Elijah O'Sullivan (season 4) and David Lindström (season 4)

Ragnar and Aslaug's third son. Killed by his brother Ivar. Based on the semi-historical or legendary Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye.

Ubbe[edit]

  • Played by Cormac Melia (seasons 2–3), Luke Shanahan (season 4) and Jordan Smith (seasons 4–present)

Ragnar and Aslaug's first son. Based on the historical Ubba.

Bishop Heahmund[edit]

A very religious warrior priest.[3] Broadly inspired by the historical Heahmund.

Recurring characters[edit]

The following is a list of characters that are, or at one time were, recurring guests on the series, listed in the order that they first appeared on the show.

Character Actor Seasons
1 2 3 4 5
Part 1 Part 2 Part 1 Part 2
Svein David Pearse Recurring Does not appear
Gyda Ruby O'Leary Recurring Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Erik Vladimir Kulich Recurring Does not appear
Leif Diarmaid Murtagh Recurring Does not appear
Arne Tadhg Murphy Recurring Guest Does not appear
Torstein Jefferson Hall Recurring Does not appear
Elisef Carrie Crowley Recurring Does not appear
King Aelle Ivan Kaye Recurring Guest Recurring Does not appear
Thyri Elinor Crawley Recurring Does not appear Guest Does not appear
Helga Maude Hirst Recurring Does not appear
Queen Ealhswith Cathy White Guest Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Jarl Borg Thorbjørn Harr Guest Recurring Does not appear
Erlendur Edvin Endre Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Earl Sigvard Morten Suurballe Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Bishop Edmund Philip O'Sullivan Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Torvi Georgia Hirst Does not appear Recurring
Þórunn Gaia Weiss Does not appear Recurring Does not appear TBA
Einar Steve Wall Does not appear Recurring Guest Does not appear
Judith Jennie Jacques[a] Does not appear Recurring
Kwenthrith Amy Bailey Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Angrboda Rosalie Connerty[b] Does not appear Guest Recurring Does not appear
Burgred Aaron Monaghan Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Aethelred Darren Cahill[c] Does not appear Recurring
Earl Siegfried Greg Orvis Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Sinric Frankie McCafferty Does not appear Recurring Guest Does not appear Recurring TBA
Alfred Ferdia Walsh-Peelo[d] Does not appear Recurring
Odo Owen Roe Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Gisla Morgane Polanski Does not appear Recurring Does not appear TBA
Roland Huw Parmenter Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Therese Karen Hassan Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Guthrum Ben Roe[e] Does not appear Guest Recurring Does not appear
Magnus Cameron Hogan[f] Does not appear Guest Recurring Guest Does not appear TBA
Yidu Dianne Doan Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Prudentius Seán Ó Meallaigh Does not appear Recurring Does not appear TBA
Waerferth Des Carney Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Astrid Josefin Asplund Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Margrethe Ida Marie Nielsen Does not appear Recurring
Tanaruz Sinead Gormally Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Lord Cuthred Jonathan Delaney Tynan Does not appear Recurring TBA
Kassia Karima McAdams Does not appear Recurring TBA
Kjetill Flatnose Adam Copeland Does not appear Recurring
Eyvind Kris Holden-Ried Does not appear Recurring
Aud Leah McNamara Does not appear Recurring
Helgi the Lean Jack McEvoy Does not appear Recurring
Thorunn Mei Bignall Does not appear Recurring
Ingvild Kelly Campbell Does not appear Recurring
Bul James Craze Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Asbjorn Elijah Rowen Does not appear Recurring
Rafarta Donna Dent Does not appear Recurring
Thorgrim Rob Malone Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Frodi Scott Graham Does not appear Recurring
Jorunn Tallulah Belle Earley Does not appear Recurring
Hali Ryan Henson Does not appear Recurring
Asa Svea Killoran Does not appear Recurring
Svase Anthony Brophy Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Snaefrid Dagny Backer Johnsen Does not appear Recurring Does not appear
Cast notes
  1. ^ In season 2, Judith is portrayed by recurring actress Sarah Greene.
  2. ^ In seasons 2 and 3, Angrboda is portrayed by an uncredited infant actress.
  3. ^ In seasons 3 and 4, Aethelred is portrayed by an uncredited infant actor.
  4. ^ In season 3, Alfred is portrayed by an uncredited infant actor. In the first part of season 4, Alfred is portrayed by recurring infant actor Conor O'Hanlon. In the second part of season 4, Alfred is portrayed by recurring child actor Isaac O'Sullivan.
  5. ^ In season 3 and in the first part of season 4, Guthrum is portrayed by an uncredited infant actor. In the second part of season 4, Guthrum is portrayed by recurring child actor Anton Giltrap.
  6. ^ In season 3 and in the first part of season 4, Magnus is portrayed by an uncredited infant actor.

Svein[edit]

  • Played by David Pearse (season 1)

A loyal henchman of Earl Haraldson. He is killed by Rollo, after Earl Haraldson's death.

Gyda[edit]

  • Played by Ruby O'Leary (seasons 1 and 4)

Daughter of Ragnar and Lagertha. She dies in a plague. Loosely based on Ragnar's unnamed daughters.

Erik[edit]

Elderly Viking and one of Ragnar's warriors. He has a wife, Elisef, and a son, Leif. He is an early supporter of Ragnar and is murdered by earl Haraldson.

Leif[edit]

One of Ragnar's warriors and son of Erik and Elisef. He offers himself as a sacrifice at Uppsala.

Arne[edit]

  • Played by Tadhg Murphy (seasons 1–2)

One of Ragnar's warriors; an archer with an eyepatch. He is killed in battle by Rollo.

Torstein[edit]

One of Ragnar's warriors and closest friends. He is killed by Mercian archers.

Elisef[edit]

Wife of Erik and the mother of Leif.

King Aelle of Northumbria[edit]

Ivan Kaye

Ruler of one of England's ancient kingdoms and the first to be attacked by Ragnar. Father of Princess Judith, Aethelwulf's wife, and grandfather of Princes Aethelred and Alfred. Based on the historical King Ælla of Northumbria. He killed Ragnar by throwing him into a pit of snakes and was executed by Bjorn as retribution for Ragnar's death.

Thyri[edit]

Daughter of Earl Haraldson and Siggy. She, along with Gyda, dies in a plague.

Helga[edit]

Floki's long-suffering lover and wife. Murdered by her own adopted daughter who shortly after committed suicide.

Queen Ealhswith of Northumbria[edit]

  • Played by Cathy Whyte (seasons 1–2, 4)

Wife of King Aelle and the mother of Princess Judith.

Jarl Borg[edit]

A powerful warlord of an earldom in Götaland. He has a wife, Torvi, and a son, Guthrum. He was killed by Ragnar with the Blood Eagle, for having attacked his people and his family.[4][5]

Prince Erlendur[edit]

King Horik's first son. He is cruel and spiteful. After the death of his father, he seeks vengeance against Ragnar and his family. He ends up marrying Torvi and conspires with Kalf to ruin Ragnar. He is killed by Torvi.

Earl Sigvard[edit]

Lagertha's second husband and Earl of Hedeby. He is killed by Lagertha after multiple incidents of abuse.[6]

Bishop Edmund[edit]

An influential advisor at the court of King Ecbert. He is murdered by Hvitserk when the Great Heathen Army sacks Ecbert's villa. Based on the historical Eadmund of Winchester.

Torvi[edit]

  • Played by Georgia Hirst (seasons 2–present)

Wife of Jarl Borg, then lover and wife of Bjorn.

Þórunn[edit]

Bjorn's love interest. She has a daughter, Siggy.[7]

Einar[edit]

A scheming troublemaker, and ally of Earl Sigvard of Hedeby. He later betrays Sigvard and helps Lagertha gain power in Hedeby. When Lagertha rejects his advances, he helps Kalf gain power in Hedeby. In the end, he is injured by Kalf and killed by Lagertha.

Judith[edit]

Daughter of King Aelle and Queen Ealhswith of Northumbria and the wife of Aethelwulf. She has a legitimate son with Aethelwulf, Aethelred, and an illegitimate one with Athelstan, Alfred. Based on the historical Judith of Flanders.

Kwenthrith[edit]

  • Played by Amy Bailey (seasons 2–4)

Pretender to the throne of Mercia. She has a brother, Prince Burgred, and a putative illegitimate son with Ragnar, Magnus. Based on the historical Cwenthryth.

Angrboda[edit]

  • Played by an uncredited infant actress (seasons 2–3) and Rosalie Connerty (season 4)

Floki and Helga's daughter.

Prince Burgred[edit]

  • Played by Aaron Monaghan (season 3)

The rebellious brother of Kwenthrith. Based on the historical Burgred of Mercia. He is poisoned by Kwenthrith who becomes Queen of Mercia.

Aethelred[edit]

  • Played by an uncredited infant actor (seasons 3–4) and Darren Cahill (seasons 5–present)[8]

Prince Aethelwulf and Princess Judith's son. Based on the historical Æthelred of Wessex.

Earl Siegfried[edit]

  • Played by Greg Orvis (season 3)

A friend of Earl Kalf's and an ally to King Ragnar. He is killed at the Siege of Paris. Loosely based on the Norse chief Sigfred who took part in the Siege of Paris (885–86).

Sinric[edit]

  • Played by Frankie McCafferty (seasons 3–present)

Sinric (Sindric from season 5 onwards) is a wanderer who taught Ragnar about England and Frankia, and who serves as a translator for the Northmen. Loosely based on the Norse chief Sinric who took part in the Siege of Paris (885–86).

Alfred[edit]

  • Played by an uncredited infant actor (season 3), Conor O'Hanlon (season 4), Isaac O'Sullivan (season 4) and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (season 4–present)

Son of Judith and Athelstan. Based on the historical Alfred the Great.

Count Odo[edit]

  • Played by Owen Roe (seasons 3–4)

In charge of defending the city from the Vikings. Based on the historical Odo of France. He is flogged to death by Roland on Emperor Charles's orders.

Princess Gisla[edit]

Daughter of Emperor Charles and later wedded to Duke Rollo. Based on the historical or legendary Gisela of France.

Roland[edit]

  • Played by Huw Parmenter (seasons 3–4)

Count Odo's first-in-command. He has an incestuous relationship with his sister, Therese. He is assassinated with his sister by Emperor Charles's men.

Therese[edit]

A noblewoman, Roland's sister, and Count Odo's mistress. She is assassinated with her brother by Emperor Charles's men.

Guthrum[edit]

  • Played by an uncredited infant actor (seasons 3–4), Anton Giltrap (season 4) and Ben Roe (season 5)

Jarl Borg and Torvi's son. He is killed in battle by Hvitserk.

Magnus[edit]

  • Played by an uncredited infant actor (seasons 3–4) and Cameron Hogan (season 4)

Ragnar and Kwenthrith's supposed illegitimate son.

Yidu[edit]

Chinese slave belonging to Aslaug. Yidu becomes protective of the sons of Ragnar. She also forms a close bond with Ragnar, providing him with a drug and becoming his lover. Later she becomes distressed with the Viking way of life and tries to leave Ragnar. When she refuses to provide him with more of the drug, Ragnar drowns her.

Father Prudentius[edit]

  • Played by Seán Ó Meallaigh (seasons 4)

Serves at the court of King Ecbert.

Waerferth[edit]

  • Played by Des Carney (season 4)

One of King Ecbert's scouts. He is stabbed to death by Kwenthrith.

Astrid[edit]

Shieldmaiden and lover of Lagertha. She and Bjorn have a secret affiar. She is later kidnapped by king Harald whom she marries. When attempting to warn Lagertha of an incoming attack she is raped by the whaler she tries to bribe. Soon after she finds herself pregnant and induces Lagertha to kill her during battle.

Margrethe[edit]

  • Played by Ida Marie Nielsen (seasons 4–present)

One of Queen Aslaug's slaves in Kattegat and the shared lover of Ubbe, Hvitserk and Sigurd. She is disturbed by Ivar and fears him. She is later freed and married by Ubbe. Hvitserk remains her lover with Ubbe's consent.

Tanaruz[edit]

  • Played by Sinead Gormally (season 4)

A Moorish orphan girl adopted by Helga. When Helga brings her to the sack of Ecbert's villa, Tanaruz snaps and stabs Helga and then kills herself.

Lord Cuthred[edit]

  • Played by Jonathan Delaney Tynan (season 5–present)

A nobleman in service of King Aethelwulf and Bishop Heahmund.

Kassia[edit]

A Byzantine abbess. Loosely inspired by the historical Kassiani.

Kjetill Flatnose[edit]

A violent and bold patriarch of a large family. He is chosen by Floki for an expedition to set up a colony. Based on the legendary Ketill Flatnose.

Eyvind[edit]

A viking of Kattegat who joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony.

Aud[edit]

  • Played by Leah McNamara (season 5–present)

Kjetill Flatnose and Ingvild's daughter, who joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony. Based on the semi-historical Aud the Deep-Minded.

Helgi the Lean[edit]

  • Played by Jack McEvoy (season 5–present)

Eyvind and Rafarta's son, who also joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony.

Thorunn[edit]

  • Played by Mei Bignall (season 5–present)

Kjetill Flatnose and Ingvild's daughter and Helgi's wife, who also joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony.

Ingvild[edit]

  • Played by Kelly Campbell (season 5–present)

Kjetill Flatnose's wife, who also joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony.

Bul[edit]

  • Played by James Craze (season 5)

Eyvind and Rafarta's son, who also joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony. He is killed by Thorgrim.

Asbjorn[edit]

  • Played by Elijah Rowen (season 5–present)

A Viking who joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony.

Rafarta[edit]

  • Played by Donna Dent (season 5–present)

Eyvind's wife, who also joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony. Her brother was killed by Kjetill's father prior to the events of the series.

Thorgrim[edit]

  • Played by Rob Malone (season 5)

A viking who joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony. Son of Kjetill Flatnose.

Frodi[edit]

  • Played by Scott Graham (season 5–present)

A viking who joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony.

Jorunn[edit]

  • Played by Tallulah Belle Earley (season 5–present)

Kjetill Flatnose and Ingvild's daughter, who also joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony.

Hali[edit]

  • Played by Ryan Henson (season 5–present)

A Viking who joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony.

Asa[edit]

  • Played by Svea Killoran (season 5–present)

A Viking who joins Floki's expedition to set up a colony.

Svase[edit]

  • Played by Anthony Brophy (season 5)

A Sami chief and an ally to Lagertha. He is killed in battle. Loosely based on the legendary Sami king Svasi.

Snaefrid[edit]

  • Played by Dagny Backer Johnsen (season 5)

King Svase's daughter. She is killed in battle. Loosely based on the legendary Snæfrith, a lover of Harald Hairfair.

Minor characters[edit]

The following is a list of named characters who have had a relatively relevant story arc on the series. They are listed in the order that they first appeared on the show.

  • Eddie Drew (seasons 1 and 3) and André Eriksen (season 4) as Odin, appearing to Ragnar and his sons
  • Gary Murphy as Bishop Unwan, serving at the court of King Aelle (seasons 1, 4)
  • Carl Shaaban as Jesus, appearing to Athelstan and Ragnar (seasons 2–3)
  • Søren Pilmark as Stender, a farmer who escaped Wessex after Aethelwulf's raid (seasons 3–4)
  • Uncredited infant actress as Siggy, Þórunn and Bjorn's daughter (seasons 3–4)
  • Uncredited infant actor as Erik, Bjorn and Torvi's son (seasons 4–present)
  • Uncredited infant actor as Refil, Bjorn and Torvi's son (seasons 4–present)

Season 1[edit]

  • Eddie Elks as Olafur, a Viking warrior in the service of Earl Haraldson
  • Jouko Ahola as Kauko, a Finnish Viking and one of Ragnar's warriors
  • Eric Higgins as Knut Tjodolf, Earl Haraldson's half-brother
  • Will Irvine as Brother Cenwulf, serving at the monastery of Lindisfarne
  • Sam Lucas Smith as Edwin, a Saxon
  • Jonathon Kemp as Lord Wigea, an advisor of King Aelle
  • Peter Gaynor as Lord Edgar, an advisor of King Aelle
  • Trevor Cooper as Earl Bjarni, Thyri's husband-to-be
  • Angus MacInnes as Tostig, an old Viking warrior

Season 2[edit]

  • Morgan C. Jones as The Law Giver, the lawspeaker of Kattegat
  • Duncan Lacroix as Ealdorman Werferth of Wessex, serving King Ecbert
  • Richard Ashton as Thorvard, a Viking warrior loyal to King Horik

Season 3[edit]

  • Mark Huberman as Louis, a soldier in Paris

Season 4[edit]

  • Niall Cusack as Abbot Lupus, Rollo's teacher in Paris
  • Charles Last as William, first son of Rollo and Gisla
  • Charlie Kelly as Egil, an agent of King Harald
  • Caitlin Scott as Princess Blaeja, Judith's sister
  • Jack Nolan as Earl Jorgensen, a Swedish warlord, sacrificed to the gods by Lagertha to secure the victory against the Saxons.
  • Sophie Vavasseur as Princess Ellisif, the former betrothed of King Harald
  • Gary Buckley as Earl Vik, Princess Ellisif's husband
  • Uncredited child actor as Marcellus, second son of Rollo and Gisla
  • Uncredited child actress as Celsa, daughter of Rollo and Gisla

Season 5[edit]

Guest characters[edit]

The following is a list of named characters who appeared in just one episode of the series.

Season 1[edit]

  • Gerard McCarthy as Brondsted
  • Billy Gibson as Ulf
  • David Wilmot as Olaf Andwend
  • Conor Madden as Eric Trygvasson, a Viking who is prosecuted in Kattegat by Earl Haraldson
  • Cian Quinn as Olaf, son of Ingolf
  • Craig Whittaker as Hakon
  • Des Braiden as Father Cuthbert, in charge of the monastery of Lindisfarne
  • Sebastiaan Vermeul Taback as Osiric
  • David Murray as Lord Aethelwulf, the brother of King Aelle
  • Sean Treacy as Prince Egbert, King Aelle and Queen Ealhswith's son
  • James Flynn as Eadric
  • David Michael Scott as Nils

Season 2[edit]

  • Anna Aström as Hild, a servant in Kattegat
  • Jay Duffy as Ari, King Horik's second son
  • Alan Devine as Ealdorman Eadric of Wessex, serving King Ecbert
  • Edmund Kente as Bishop Swithern of Winchester. Based on the historical Swithun.
  • Jens Christian Bushov Lund as Olrik
  • Elizabeth Moynihan as Queen Gunnhild of Denmark, King Horik's wife

Season 3[edit]

  • Ian Beattie as King Brihtwulf of Mercia, Kwenthrith and Burgred's uncle. Based on the historical Beorhtwulf of Mercia.
  • James Murphy as Ansgar, a monk trying to convert Vikings in Kattegat. Based on the historical Ansgar.

Season 4[edit]

  • Cillian O'Sullivan as Eirik, a Viking warrior in Paris, former second in command of Rollo. He is betrayed by him and killed by Franks.
  • Robban Follin as Berserker, an assassin recruited by Erlendur and Kalf
  • Declan Conlon as Lord Wigstan, a relative of Kwenthrith and head of the Royal Family of Mercia. Based on the semi-historical Wigstan.
  • John Kavanagh as Pope Leo IV
  • Adam McNamara as Thorhall, a Danish Viking
  • Liam Clarke as Gudmund
  • Ed Murphy as Gardar
  • Jack Walsh as Scotus, loosely based on the historical John Scotus Eriugena
  • Josh Donaldson as Hoskuld, a Viking warrior of great skill
  • Tamaryn Payne as Widow Ordlaf, a lady of Sherborne

Season 5[edit]

  • India Mullen as Aethegyth, a noblewoman from Wessex
  • Frank Prendergast as Bishop Cynebert of York
  • Laurence O'Fuarain as Hakon, a whale hunter of Vestfold
  • Bosco Hogan as the Lord Abbot of Lindisfarne
  • Mabel Hurley as young Lagertha, appearing in a flashback
  • Ross Matthew Anderson as Lagertha's father, appearing in a flashback

Family trees[edit]

Continuous lines signify a lineal descent and/or consanguinity, dashed lines signify a marriage, and dotted lines signify a sexual relationship.

Earl Haraldson, King Ragnar, King Horik, Emperor Charles, and King Harald's family tree[edit]

HaraldsonSiggyHorikGunnhild ✝
? ✝? ✝ThyriBjarni ✝ErlendurAri ✝
CharlesAstridHaraldHalfdan
GislaRolloLagerthaRagnarAslaugHarbard
SvaseGydaÞórunnBjornTorviBorg
SnaefridSiggy ✝ErikRefilGuthrum
WilliamMarcellusCelsaMargretheUbbeHvitserkSigurdIvar

King Ecbert and King Aelle's family tree[edit]

EcbertEalhswithAelleAethelwulf ✝
AethelwulfJudithAthelstanBlaejaEgbertMannel ✝
AethelredAlfred

Queen Kwenthrith's family tree[edit]

Offa ✝Brihtwulf ✝Wigstan
Kenelm ✝BurgredKwenthrithRagnar
Magnus

Floki's family tree[edit]

FlokiHelga
Angrboda

References[edit]

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