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Katheryn Winnick

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Katheryn Winnick
Winnick in 2019
Born (1977-12-17) December 17, 1977 (age 46)
EducationYork University
Years active1999–present

Katheryn Winnick (born December 17, 1977[1]) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles in the television series Vikings (2013–2020), Wu Assassins (2019), and Big Sky (2020–present), and her recurring role on the television series Bones (2010–2011).

Education[change | change source]

Winnick was born in Etobicoke, Ontario. She has Ukrainian descent. She spoke Ukrainian as her first language. She began speaking English when she was 8 years old.[2][3] She began training in martial arts at age 7. She had her first black belt at 13 years old.[4] By age 21, she opened three Taekwondo schools.[4] She taught Taekwondo and self-defense to actors while completing her degree in kinesiology at York University, Toronto.[5] Winnick studied at William Esper Studio.[6]

Early career[change | change source]

Winnick started acting as a young girl at her community center in Toronto. She had directed plays in her high school and won a scholarship for drama and directing while attending Richview Collegiate Institute.[7]

Career[change | change source]

Winnick entered the movie industry by teaching martial arts to actors on movie sets; the experience inspired her to act professionally. She was then cast on the television series Student Bodies.[7] Since then, she has appeared in many movies, including:

She has guest-starred in many television shows, such as:

Winnick joined History Channel's television series Vikings. She starred in the role of Lagertha, a legendary figure in Viking history.[4][10] In July 2017, Winnick stated on Twitter that she had been cast in a mystery role, and that it would be announced at the San Diego Comic-Con International.[11] She was later revealed to be cast as a main character in the Nazi Zombies mode of the video game Call of Duty: WWII.[12]

In July 2018, Winnick had been cast in the starring role of Christine "C.G." Gavin on the Netflix series, Wu Assassins.[13] In February 2020, Winnick was announced to play the starring role of Jenny Hoyt on the ABC television series Big Sky.[14]

Personal life[change | change source]

Winnick says she is an American citizen as well as Canadian.[15]

Filmography[change | change source]

Movies[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Biohazardous Jennifer
2002 Smoking Herb Marcia
2002 The It Factor Herself
2002 Fabled Liz
2002 Two Weeks Notice Tiffany
2003 What Alice Found Julie
2004 50 First Dates Young Woman
2004 Satan's Little Helper Jenna Whooly
2004 Going the Distance Trish
2004 Our Time Is Up Waif Short film
2005 Hellraiser: Hellworld Chelsea
2006 Cloud 9 Olga
2006 Kiss Me Again Chalice
2006 Failure to Launch Melissa
2007 When Nietzsche Wept Lou Andreas-Salomé
2008 Amusement Tabitha
2009 Cold Souls Sveta
2010 Tranced Cleo
2010 Radio Free Albemuth Rachel Brady
2010 Choose Fiona Wagner
2010 Killers Vivian
2010 Love & Other Drugs Lisa
2011 Bat $#*! Crazy Girlfriend
2012 Stand Up Guys Oxana
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Ivana
2013 The Art of the Steal Lola
2017 The Dark Tower Laurie Chambers
2018 Speed Kills Emily Gowen
2019 Polar Vivian [16]
2020 Wander Elsa Viceroy [17]
2021 The Marksman Sarah Pennington
2021 Flag Day Patty Vogel [18][19]

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Suzie Episode: "Sacrifices"
1999 Student Bodies Holly Benson Recurring role, 5 episodes
2000 Relic Hunter Roselyn Episode: "Nine Lives"
2001 Screech Owls Brianna Styles Episode: "Face Off"
2002 Tracker Laura 2 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Karyn Bennett Episode: "Seizure"
2003 Oz Liesel Robson Episode: "4giveness"
2003 Wild Card Kendall Episode: "Hell Week"
2003 10-8: Officers on Duty Lucy Johnson Episode: "Lucy in the Sky"
2004 CSI: Miami Nicole Harjo Episode: "Rap Sheet"
2004 1-800-Missing Julie Snyder Episode: "In the Midnight Hour"
2005 CSI: NY Lisa Kay Episode: "Corporate Warriors"
2005 Trump Unauthorized Ivana Trump Television film
2006 Criminal Minds Maggie Lowe Episode: "Somebody’s Watching"
2006 13 Graves Amy Television film
2007 House Eve Episode: "One Day, One Room"
2007 Tipping Point Nina Patterson Television film
2007 Law Dogs Lisa Bennett Television film
2008 Law & Order Sarah Shipley Episode: "Excalibur"
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Carrie Conlon Episode: "Faithfully"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Maureen Martin Episode: "One to Go"
2010 The Gates Kat Russo Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2010–2011 Bones Hannah Burley Recurring role, 11 episodes
2011 The Glades Valerie Dorman Episode: "Lost and Found"
2011 Nikita Kelly Episode: "Partners"
2012 Transporter: The Series Darcy Daniels Episode: "Hot Ice"
2013–2020 Vikings Lagertha Main role
2015 Person of Interest Frankie Wells Episode: "Skip"
2019 Wu Assassins Christine "C.G." Gavin Main role[13]
2020–2023 Big Sky Jenny Hoyt Main role[14]

Video games[change | change source]

As director[change | change source]

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs.
2012 Beverly Hills Film Festival Best Actress Children of the Air Won
2014 Canadian Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Vikings Nominated [22]
2014 Women's Image Network Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Vikings Nominated [23]
2015 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Vikings Nominated [24]
2015 Golden Maple Awards Best Actress in a TV series broadcast in the U.S. Vikings Nominated [25][26]
2015 Women's Image Network Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Vikings Nominated
2016 Women's Image Network Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Vikings Nominated

References[change | change source]

  1. @Vikings (December 17, 2018). "Happy Birthday @KatherynWinnick! Kattegat wouldn't be the same without you. #Vikings" (Tweet). Retrieved August 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. Lepage, Mark (September 2005). "Toro Woman". Toro: 13. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  3. Franklin, Sheila (February 5, 2009). "Katheryn Winnick Talks About Her Latest Movie 'Cold Souls' With Paul Giamatti And More". Starpulsse. Archived from the original on May 20, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Vikings – Katheryn Winnick Conference Call". SpoilerTV. March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  5. "Win Kai". Archived from the original on 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  6. "Notable Alumni - TV/Film/Theater". William Esper Studio. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hernon, Alison (May 2, 2022). "Katheryn Winnick's Jenny Hoyt is driven to protect Montana and keep it safe in Big Sky - PhotoBook Magazine". PhotoBook Magazine. Retrieved May 10, 2022.
  8. McKenzie, Rob (February 1, 2007). "Giving the doctor a taste of his own meds - Finally, house meets his match in Canuck actress Katheryn Winnick". National Post. Retrieved January 13, 2013.[dead link] Alt URL
  9. "'Person Of Interest' Season 4 Spoilers: Will Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson Lose To Samaritan's "New Agents?" [WATCH]". Mstarz. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  10. Kroll, Justin (June 28, 2012). "Fimmel, Winnick set sail on 'Vikings'". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  11. "Vikings Actress Katheryn Winnick Teases Big Announcement At SDCC 2017". moviepilot.com. Archived from the original on September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "'Vikings' Star Katheryn Winnick Joins 'Call of Duty: WWII' Voice Cast"Variety, July 17, 2017
  13. 13.0 13.1 Petski, Denise (July 20, 2018). "'Wu Assassins': Katheryn Winnick, Lewis Tan, Tommy Flanagan & Tzi Ma Join Netflix Martial Arts Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Andreeva, Nellie (February 27, 2020). "Katheryn Winnick To Star In David E. Kelley's PI Drama Series 'The Big Sky' On ABC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
  15. "Katheryn Winnick Hollywood's Action Diva". Da Man. April 15, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  16. Gilyadov, Alex (February 23, 2018). "Netflix Adapting Dark Horse's Polar". IGN.
  17. "'Vikings' star Katheryn Winnick joins Aaron Eckhart on conspiracy thriller 'Wander' (exclusive)". Screendaily.
  18. "'Flag Day' Shoot Under Way: Sean Penn Directs & Stars In Drama With Dylan Penn, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Katheryn Winnick, More". Deadline Hollywood. June 19, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  19. "Flag Day". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  20. Kathryn Winnick Teases Directing 'Vikings' And 'Wu Assassins'. ET Canada. July 23, 2019. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved August 12, 2019 – via YouTube.
  21. Borines, Nobelle (March 12, 2018). "Katheryn Winnick Celebrates Wrap On 'Vikings' Season 6 Directorial Debut After Clive Standen Reunion In Canada". Inquisitr. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  22. "Canadian Screen Awards: Orphan Black, Less Than Kind, Enemy nominated". CBC News. January 13, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  23. "Women's Image Network Awards 2014". IMDb.
  24. Li, Shirley (May 6, 2015). "The Critics' Choice TV Awards 2015: And the nominees are..." Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  25. Levine, Sydney (July 8, 2015). "Golden Maple Awards'15 Winners Include Brandon Jay McLaren and Amanda Crew | IndieWire". Indiewire. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  26. Kelley, Seth (April 28, 2015). "'Vikings' Leads Golden Maple Awards' 2015 Nominees". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2015.

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