Viva Seifert

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Viva Seifert
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Viva Seifert in 2009
Born (1972-04-15) 15 April 1972 (age 48)[1]
OccupationGymnast, musician, actress
Years active1990–present

Viva Seifert (born 15 April 1972)[2] is a British musician, actress, and gymnast. She first became known for her work as a competitive rhythmic gymnast, competing at various competitions such as the 1992 Summer Olympics, where she finished 29th place in the rhythmic gymnastics category.

Seifert made her musical debut as a member of the band Bikini Atoll, which was active from 1999 to 2006. In 2010, she becane a member of the band Joe Gideon & the Shark. She has also ventured into acting, starring in the video games Her Story in 2015 and RuneScape in 2018, the former of which earned her a Game Award for Best Performance.


Seifert competed as a rhythmic gymnast at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and finished fourth in the individual competition, winning bronze medals in the hoop and ribbon disciplines.[2] She also participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics[3] finishing in 29th place in the individual rhythmic gymnastics competition.[4]

Seifert and her brother Joe Gideon in 2009

In 1999, Seifert and her brother, Joe Gideon, formed the band Bikini Atoll along with two other members, Ché Albrighton and Bastian Juel. In the band, Seifert was a keyboardist.[5] In 2004, they were signed to the Bella Union label, and they released their debut studio album, Moratoria, which was received positively by critics, with The Independent describing it as " awesome, soul-searching slice of sprawling Americana."[6] In 2005, they released their second studio album, Liar's Exit, which received positive reviews.[7] In 2006, they disbanded, and further activities were ceased.

After the band split, Seifert and her brother formed the duo Joe Gideon & the Shark.[8] They have released two studio albums; Harum Scarum in 2010 and Freakish in 2013, the latter of which was released through Bronze Rat Records.[9]

Seifert in Her Story (2015)

In 2015, Seifert was cast in the video game Her Story, a crime fiction video game by Sam Barlow, where she portrays the dual role of Hannah and Eve Smith.[10] After previously working with Barlow on the cancelled game Legacy of Kain: Dead Sun,[11] he contacted her for the role after observing her work, stating that Seifert was "very good at picking up a line and intuitively pulling a lot of the subtext into her performance".[12] Seifert stated that the role was difficult to portray, commenting that shooting was "intense" and "rather exhausting".[13] Along with acting in the game, she also had a hand in the soundtrack, performing a song and helping alter the music.[13]

Upon release, the game opened to instant and critical success, with critics praising the game as well as Seifert's performance; Justin Clark from GameSpot wrote that her performance "anchored" the game,[14] and Andy Keller of PC Gamer stated that her performance was "understated, realistic, and complex".[15] For the role, she won the Game Award for Best Performance in 2015.[16]

In 2018, Seifert voiced the character Merethiel in the video game RuneScape. In the same year, she made a guest appearance as Rachel on the British television series Delicious. In 2019, she starred in the short film Miss White as the titular character.


Film and television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Delicious Rachel Episode: "The Heart"
2019 Miss White Miss White Short film

Video games[edit]

Year Game Role Notes
2015 Her Story Hannah and Eve Smith
2018 RuneScape Merethiel



Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2015 The Game Awards Best Performance Her Story Won [16]
2016 NAVGTR Awards Outstanding Performance in a Drama Nominated [17]


  1. ^ "Viva SEIFERT - Olympic Gymnastics Rhythmic | Great Britain". International Olympic Committee. 17 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b Archived 23 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine Commonwealth
  3. ^ "Viva Seifert Bio". Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Viva Seifert". Olympics at Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Bikini Atoll". 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Album: Bikini Atoll - Reviews, Music - The Independent". 24 February 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Bikini Atoll". 7 June 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  8. ^ "NME Reviews - Album Review: Joe Gideon & The Shark - NME.COM". NME.COM. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Subscribe to read | Financial Times". Retrieved 2 October 2020. Cite uses generic title (help)
  10. ^ "Steam Greenlight :: HER STORY". Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  11. ^ Clark, Tim (9 July 2015). "The story behind Her Story". PC Gamer. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  12. ^ "WebCite query result". Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Interrogating "Her Story" Creator Sam Barlow and Actress Viva Seifert (Interview) | Page 2 of 2". AppUnwrapper. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  14. ^ "Her Story Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  15. ^ Kelly, Andy (22 June 2015). "Her Story review". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Nominees | The Game Awards 2015". The Game Awards. Ola Balola. 12 November 2015. Archived from the original on 14 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  17. ^ "NAVGTR Awards (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved 2 October 2020.

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