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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 December 1977Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameKaterena Anna Vinitska
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 also stars opposite Gerard Butler in the Warner Brother's feature film Geostorm (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 M.D. (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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lisa Whelan

Trivia (10)

Studied acting at New York's William Esper Studio.
Won silver medals at the Canadian National Tae Kwon Do finals.
Got kicked out of summer camp for "reckless behavior" when she was 14.
Her brother Adam is a Canadian soldier fighting in Afghanistan.
Holds a 3rd-Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 2nd-Degree Black Belt in Karate, and is a licensed bodyguard.
Opened her first martial arts studio at the age of sixteen, Win Kai Martial Arts, which quickly expanded to three successful branches in New York and Toronto.
Chosen by Vanity Fair to appear in the magazine's high-profile and highly-selective "Vanities" section (September 2009).
Was handpicked from thousands of aspiring young actors to be featured in the initial season of Bravo's popular documentary TV series, The It Factor (2002).
Her brother Markjan Winnick is also an actor.
Katheryn's last name of 'Winnick' means 'winemaker' when expressed in Ukrainian.

Personal Quotes (9)

The Norse way of speaking, no one really knew what the Vikings sounded liked, they were Norsemen. The accent is really a combination of a Scandinavian accent, maybe with a Swedish accent and an old way of speaking.
I started my own martial arts school at 16. And by the time I was 21, I had three different schools.
I'm a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and 2nd degree in karate, and I'm a licensed bodyguard.
When I was growing up, there were times I had to compete against boys in tae kwon do, and I'd show them right away that I wasn't someone to mess with.
I started training in martial arts when I was 7 years old. I got my first black belt at 13.
I grew up in a martial arts gym surrounded by men and boys, and I pretty much call myself a tomboy.
My first car was a Chevy Cavalier. My dad somehow convinced me that it was a hot sports car because it was red.
I grew up being a bit of a tomboy, a big-time tomboy.
I was told this is a male-dominated network and the male demographic is stronger than female. This is a show about Vikings and you are just the wife. I remember thinking that was not the way I was going to play it.

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