Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick stars in the critically acclaimed, Emmy award-winning television series Vikings (2013). produced by MGM and The History Channel. Entertainment Weekly declared that her role as "Lagertha" may be the most exciting feminist character on TV." Her portrayal of the fierce shield maiden has garnered her several impressive nominations including a nomination for a Critic's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress (2014), Best Actress in a Drama Series by the Women's Image Network in both 2014 & 2015 and a Golden Maple Award nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series. In addition to these prestigious nominations, Katheryn won the Serendipity Film's Award of Excellence at the Banff World Media Festival in 2015.
Recently, Winnick wrapped production on the highly anticipated adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Dark Tower (2017), starring Academy Award-winner Matthew McConaughey and Golden Globe winner Idris Elba due for release in February 2017.
Winnick's other credits include roles in such movies as Love & Other Drugs (2010) with Jake Gyllenhaal, Killers (2010) starring Ashton Kutcher, as well as Stand Up Guys (2012) with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin. She also starred in the Paul Giamatti comedy drama Cold Souls (2009), which received a best ensemble performance nomination in the 2009 Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Off the big screen, Katheryn is no stranger to TV and in addition to Vikings has had numerous television appearances including roles in Person of Interest (2011), House (2004), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), and a notable recurring role on the hit prime time series Bones (2005).
In 2015, Winnick was named as the brand ambassador for luxury Swiss watch company Raymond Weil and is the face of their 2016 elegant and feminine Shine Collection. Katheryn proudly endorses the brand of watches, which celebrates both the strength and beauty of the active modern woman worldwide.
In addition to acting, Katheryn Winnick is an accomplished martial artist who holds a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a second-degree black belt in Karate. By twenty-one she had founded and owned three martial arts schools. After completing her university education at York University, Toronto, Katheryn went on to successfully pursue an acting career in New York and subsequently Los Angeles.