Who's Katheryn Winnick from "Vikings"? Bio: Married, Husband, Karate (2024)

• Katheryn Winnick is a Canadian born actress of Ukrainian descent, born in 1977.
• She holds a 2nd degree black belt in karate and a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo.
• She is best known for her roles in "Bones" (2010-2011) and "Vikings" (2013-present).
• She has won awards and nominations, including a 2012 Beverly Hills Film Festival Award for Best Actress and several Canadian Screen Awards.
• She is active across social media sites and has her own website.

Known for movies

Who's Katheryn Winnick from "Vikings"? Bio: Married, Husband, Karate (1)

Vikings (2013-2017)
as Lagertha

Who's Katheryn Winnick from "Vikings"? Bio: Married, Husband, Karate (2)

Love & Other Drugs (2010)
as 'Lisa'

Who's Katheryn Winnick from "Vikings"? Bio: Married, Husband, Karate (3)

Killers (2010)
as Vivian

Who's Katheryn Winnick from "Vikings"? Bio: Married, Husband, Karate (4)

50 First Dates (2004)
as Young Woman

Short Info

Date Of BirthDecember 17, 1977
FactStudied acting at New York's William Esper Studio.


  • 1 Who is Katheryn Winnick?
  • 2 Early Life and Education
  • 3 Martial Arts
  • 4 Career Beginnings
  • 5 Rise to Fame
  • 6 The 2010s and “Vikings”
  • 7 Recent Projects
  • 8 Awards and Nominations
  • 9 Katheryn Winnick Net Worth
  • 10 Does Katheryn Winnick have a Husband?
  • 11 Appearance and Vital Statistics
  • 12 Social Media Presence
  • 13 General Info
  • 14 Family
  • 15 Accomplishments
  • 16 Social profile links
  • 18 Facts
  • 19 Pictures
  • 20 Movies
    • 20.1 Actress
    • 20.2 Soundtrack
    • 20.3 Miscellaneous
    • 20.4 Self
    • 20.5 Archive Footage
  • 21 Awards
    • 21.1 Won Awards
    • 21.2 Nominated Awards

Who is Katheryn Winnick?

Katerena Anna Vinitska was born on the 17th December 1977 in Etobico*ke, Ontario Canada, of Ukrainian ancestry, and better known by her stage name. Katheryn Winnick, is an actress who is probably best recognized for starring in the role of Hannah Burley in the TV series “Bones” (2010-2011) and as Lagertha in the hit TV series “Vikings” (2013-present). Her career has been active since 1999.


— Katheryn Winnick (@KatherynWinnick) March 3, 2018

Early Life and Education

Regarding her early life, Katheryn was raised alongside her three siblings in Etobico*ke by her father, Roman Winnicki, and her mother, Lesya Winnicki; her brother is Markjan Winnick, who is also involved in the entertainment industry as an actor. As she hails from a Ukrainian family, so her first language is Ukrainian, and she did not speak English until the age of eight. To talk about her education, upon graduation from York University, Toronto, she moved to New York to study acting at William Esper Studio, then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a professional actress.

Martial Arts

As a seven-year-old girl, Katheryn started training in martial arts, and obtained her first black belt at the age of 13. Thanks to her skills and talents, she managed to open her own martial arts school, called Win Kai Martial Arts, when she was 17 years old, which later expanded. She currently holds a second-degree black belt in Karate as well as a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Career Beginnings

Prior to becoming an actress, Katheryn worked as a licensed bodyguard as well as a teacher of martial arts, who trained actors on film sets. Soon she caught the attention of producers and directors due to her beauty and charisma, and her acting career started when she appeared in support role in an episode of the TV series “Faktor PSI” in 1999, after which she was chosen to portray Holly Benson in the TV series “Student Bodies” between 1999 and 2000. In the following year, Katheryn made her debut film appearance in the role of Jennifer in the title “Biohazardous”, which led her to further develop her talents.

Rise to Fame

Katheryn’s breakthrough came in 2002, when she played Marcia in the film “Smoking Herb”, starred in the role of Liz in Ari Kirschenbaum’s film “Fabled”, and as Tiffany in the film “TwoWeeks Notice”, along with Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant. Afterwards, she guest-starred in several TV series, such as “Oz”, “Wild Card” and “10-8: Officers On Duty”, all in 2003, which was followed by her portrayal of Jenna Whooly in the 2004 film entitled “Satan’s Little Helper”.

Her next major role came two years later, when she featured as Melissa in the film “Failure To Launch”, starring alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey. Parallel with all of these appearances, she also guest-starred in such TV series as “CSI: Miami” (2004), “Criminal Minds” (2006) and “Law & Order” (2008), among many others. By the end of the decade, she was also cast as Lou Salome in the 2007 film “When Nietzsche Wept”, played Tabitha in the film “Amusem*nt” (2008) and landed the role of Sveta in the film entitled “Cold Souls” in 2009. During the next year, Katheryn was chosen to play Hannah Burley in the TV series “Bones”, which lasted for a season, and appeared as July in the film “Night And Day” (2010), adding a considerable amount to her net worth.

The 2010s and “Vikings”

Katheryn’s first major role in the new decade came in 2011, when she was cast as Fiona Wagner in the 2011 film “Choose”, after which she landed the role of Ivana in the film entitled “A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III” (2012), directed by Roman Coppola, featured as Samantha Thomas in the short film “Children Of The Air” (2012), and portrayed Lola in the film “The Art Of The Steal” in 2013.

During the same year, she gained enormous popularity all over the world as she started portraying Lagertha, the wife of the famous Viking Ragnar Lodbrok and one of the most important figures in Viking history, in the TV series “Vikings” (2013-present), which airs on the History Channel.

My #Vikings family. ? pic.twitter.com/KfdDbKFe0A

— Katheryn Winnick (@KatherynWinnick) January 23, 2018

Recent Projects

To speak further about her acting career, Katheryn guest-starred as Frankie Wells in an episode of the TV series “Person Of Interest” in 2015, played Laurie in the 2017 film “The Dark Tower” and also did a voice over for the video game “Call Of Duty: WWII” in the same year.

Most recently, she started filming the TV series “Wu Assassins”, and it’s been announced that she will featured in two film titles – “Speed Kills” and “Polar”. So, her net worth will be certainly increase in the forthcoming years.

Awards and Nominations

Thanks to her accomplishments in the world of acting, Katheryn has won several significant awards, and nominations. She won the 2012 Beverly Hills Film Festival in the category of Best Actress for her appearance in “Children Of The Air”, while her portrayal of Lagertha in the TV series “Vikings” earned her nominations for such awards as Canadian Screen Award, Golden Maple Awards, Women’s Image Network Awards and Critics’ Choice Television Award.

Katheryn Winnick Net Worth

Her career started in 1999 and since then, she has been an active member of the entertainment industry, primarily known as a professional actress. So, if you ever wondered how rich Katheryn Winnick is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the size of her net worth is over $1 million, accumulated through her successful career as an actress and martial arts teacher.

Does Katheryn Winnick have a Husband?

When it comes to speak about her personal life, there is no information about it in the media, as she obviously keeps it to herself, and as far as is known, she is currently single and does not have a husband. There are rumors that she dated Nick Loeb, but Katheryn denied it and stated that they were just good friends.

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Appearance and Vital Statistics

Speaking about her appearance, Katheryn is apparently a beautiful young lady with an amazing body. She is 5 feet 6 inches (168 cms) tall and her weight is reputed to be around 121 lbs (55 kgs), while her vital statistics are 34-24-34. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes.

Social Media Presence

In addition to her involvement in the entertainment industry, Katheryn is in her spare time very active across many of the most popular social media sites, including her official Instagram account, on which she has more than 2.2 million followers, as well as her official Twitter account. Moreover, she has also launched her own website, where you can find more information about her upcoming projects.

General Info

Full NameKatheryn Winnick
Date Of BirthDecember 17, 1977
ProfessionMartial Artist, Bodyguard, Actor
EducationWilliam Esper Studio


ParentsLesia Winnicki, Roman Winnicki
SiblingsMarkjan Winnick, Daria Winnick, Adam Winnick


NominationsCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Canadian Screen Awards - Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
MoviesLove & Other Drugs, Killers, Cold Souls, Failure to Launch, Kiss Me Again, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, Stand Up Guys, Amusem*nt, The Art of the Steal, Geostorm, Hellraiser: Hellworld, Satan's Little Helper, Radio Free Albemuth, Two Weeks Notice, What Alice Found, Going the Distanc...
TV ShowsVikings, Student Bodies, The It Factor

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1I 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.
2I grew up being a bit of a tomboy, a big-time tomboy.
3My first car was a Chevy Cavalier. My dad somehow convinced me that it was a hot sports car because it was red.
4I grew up in a martial arts gym surrounded by men and boys, and I pretty much call myself a tomboy.
5I started training in martial arts when I was 7 years old. I got my first black belt at 13.
6When 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.
7I'm a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and 2nd degree in karate, and I'm a licensed bodyguard.
8I started my own martial arts school at 16. And by the time I was 21, I had three different schools.
9The Norse way of speaking, no one really knew what the Vikings sounded liked, they were Norsem*n. The accent is really a combination of a Scandinavian accent, maybe with a Swedish accent and an old way of speaking.


1Katheryn's last name of 'Winnick' means 'winemaker' when expressed in Ukrainian.
2Her brother Markjan Winnick is also an actor.
3Was 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).
4Chosen by Vanity Fair to appear in the magazine's high-profile and highly-selective "Vanities" section (September 2009).
5Opened 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.
6Holds a 3rd-Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 2nd-Degree Black Belt in Karate, and is a licensed bodyguard.
7Her brother Adam is a Canadian soldier fighting in Afghanistan.
8Got kicked out of summer camp for "reckless behavior" when she was 14.
9Won silver medals at the Canadian National Tae Kwon Do finals.
10Studied acting at New York's William Esper Studio.




The Dark Tower2017post-productionLaurie Chambers
Vikings2013-2017TV SeriesLagertha
Stripped2016/IShortMargaret Dupre
Person of Interest2015TV SeriesFrankie Wells
Vikings: Athelstan's Journal2015TV SeriesLagertha
The Art of the Steal2013Lola
Transporter: The Series2012TV SeriesDarcy Daniels
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III2012Ivana
Stand Up Guys2012Oxana
Children of the Air2012ShortSamantha Thomas
Nikita2011TV SeriesKelly
The Glades2011TV SeriesValerie Dorman
Bat $#*! Crazy2011Girlfriend
Bones2010-2011TV SeriesHannah Burley
Choose2011/IIFiona Wagner
Night and Day2010July
Love & Other Drugs2010'Lisa'
Radio Free Albemuth2010Rachel Brady
The Gates2010TV SeriesKat Russo
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2002-2009TV SeriesCarrie Conlon / Karyn Barrett
Cold Souls2009Sveta
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2009TV SeriesMaureen Martin
Law & Order2008TV SeriesSarah Shipley
Law Dogs2007TV MovieLisa Bennett
When Nietzsche Wept2007Lou Salome
House M.D.2007TV SeriesEve
Tipping Point2007TV MovieNina Patterson
Kiss Me Again2006Chalice
Criminal Minds2006TV SeriesMaggie Lowe
Failure to Launch2006Melissa
Cloud 92006Olga
13 Graves2006TV MovieAmy
CSI: NY2005TV SeriesLisa Kay
Hellraiser: Hellworld2005VideoChelsea
Trump Unauthorized2005TV MovieIvana Trump
Our Time Is Up2004ShortWaif
Going the Distance2004Trish
CSI: Miami2004TV SeriesNicole Harjo
Satan's Little Helper2004Jenna Whooly
50 First Dates2004Young Woman
10-8: Officers on Duty2003TV SeriesLucy Johnson
Wild Card2003TV SeriesKendall
1-800-Missing2003TV SeriesJulie Snyner
Oz2003TV SeriesLiesel Robson
What Alice Found2003Julie
Two Weeks Notice2002Tiffany
Daddy's Little Girl2002Short
Tracker2002TV SeriesLaura
Smoking Herb2002Marcia
Screech Owls2001TV SeriesBrianna Styles
Relic Hunter2000TV SeriesRoselyn
Student Bodies1999-2000TV SeriesHolly Benson
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal1999TV SeriesSuzie


A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III2012performer: "Águas de Março"


Ticket to Hellworld: A Behind-the-Scenes Look2005Video short behind-the-scenes footage


The Red Booth2017TV SeriesHerself - Guest
WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHerself
IMDb at San Diego Comic-Con2016TV SeriesHerself
Vikings: Season 3 - Guide to the Gods2015Video documentary shortHerself
Vikings: Season 4 - Guide to the Gods2015Video documentary shortHerself
BELLOmag Presents: A Conversation with Katheryn Winnick2015TV MovieHerself - Guest
Today2015TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Connecticut Style2015TV SeriesHerself
Sidewalks Entertainment2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
IMDb: What to Watch2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Rachael Ray2014TV SeriesHerself
Vikings: Birth of the Vikings2013Video documentary shortHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHerself (2013)
Ticket to Hellworld: A Behind-the-Scenes Look2005Video shortHerself
The It Factor2002TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Vikings: Athelstan's Journal2015TV SeriesLagertha


Won Awards

2012Best Female PerformanceBeverly Hills Film FestivalBest ActressChildren of the Air (2012)
2002Short Film AwardNew York International Independent Film & Video FestivalBest ActressDaddy's Little Girl (2002)

Nominated Awards

2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesVikings (2013)
2015Golden Maple AwardsGolden Maple AwardsBest Actress in a TV Series Broadcasted in the USVikings (2013)
2015WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsActress Drama SeriesVikings (2013)
2014Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CABest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleVikings (2013)
2014Canadian Screen AwardGemini AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleVikings (2013)
2014WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsActress Drama SeriesVikings (2013)
2009Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceCold Souls (2009)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Who's Katheryn Winnick from "Vikings"? Bio: Married, Husband, Karate (2024)


What ethnicity is Kathryn Winnick? ›

Canadian actress, film star, director and producer, Katheryn Winnick, has Ukrainian roots and a fascinating family history. Her parents are descended from Ukrainian immigrants who moved to Germany while trying to flee the Soviet government, and later emigrated to Canada.

Who played Ragnar's wife in Vikings? ›

Lagertha Played by Katheryn Winnick. Lagertha is the first wife of Ragnar Lothbrok.

What else has Kathryn Winnick been in? ›

She has guest-starred in numerous television shows, most notably House, The Glades, Bones, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Person of Interest, and Nikita.

Who is Ragnar's wife? ›

Lagertha (also spelt Lathgertha or Ladgerda) is a legendary Viking shieldmaiden known from Saxo Grammaticus' early 13th-century CE Gesta Danorum. In this work, written in Latin and concerning Danish history, she is the first wife of Ragnar Lothbrok, a legendary Viking king said to have lived during the 9th century CE.

What kind of accent does Katheryn Winnick have? ›

The accent is really a combination of a Scandinavian accent, maybe with a Swedish accent and an old way of speaking. 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.

Was Katheryn Winnick brother in Vikings? ›

Why did Winnick leave Vikings? ›

She admitted she thought Lagertha would die in the fourth season when the story changed its focus to Ragnar's sons. The creators of the series convinced her to stay, promising her the opportunity to direct an episode. Not wanting to star in the episode she directed, she decided it was time for Lagertha to leave.

What happened to Ragnar's second wife? ›

Ragnar's Second Wife Was Killed By His First

While Aslaug's death was shocking, the fact that she met her end at the hands of Lagertha wasn't that much of a surprise. While Ragnar taking a second wife wasn't uncommon during the era Vikings was set, he and Lagertha had a deep emotional connection.

Did Ragnar have two wives? ›

Legends tell us that Ragnar – son of King Sigurd Hring – had three wives, the third of whom was Aslaug, who bore him sons Ivar the Boneless, Bjorn Ironside and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, all three of whom would grow greater in stature and fame than he.

Where is Vikings filmed? ›

Many of the filming locations of Vikings are shot at the Luggala Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland since the surrounding areas are excellent for shooting, trekking, forest, or hiding scenes. The Estate is privately owned by the Guinness family, and you may need permission to view it.

Is Vikings based on a true story? ›

Many characters are based on (or inspired by) real people from history or legend and the events portrayed are broadly drawn from history. The history of more than a century has been condensed; people who could never have met are shown as of similar age, with the history amended for dramatic effect.

Who plays Ragnar's second wife in Vikings? ›

Queen Aslaug Played by Alyssa Sutherland

Aslaug promised Ragnar that she would provide him with the sons which the ancient Seer prophesized for him–and she delivered.

Who is Ragnar's true love? ›

But in the very end, it was obvious that Ragnar and Lagertha never loved anyone else as much as they loved each other. So much they loved each other that they were obviously soulmates as evidenced in so many different scenes.

How many wives did Vikings have? ›

Marriage And Other Forms Of Cohabitation

Sagas and runic inscriptions show that families were formed by monogamous marriages. A man may have had relationships, and children, with several women, but when he died, only one wife was acknowledged.

Who does Ragnar get pregnant with? ›

Aslaug and Ragnar have a relationship that quickly fizzles out and lacks any sort of foundation. On their first meeting they sleep together once. Aslaug tells him she's carrying his son, but Ragnar doesn't believe her. Then she turns up several months later in Kattegat, heavily pregnant and indeed bears his son.

How tall is Lagertha? ›

Physically, Lagertha is a very beautiful and attractive young woman with an oval face, light olive complexion, almond-shaped brown eyes which are sometimes described as doe-eyes, and long dark brown hair. Her height is 5'3"(1.63m), and she has a slim, slightly athletic physique.

Is Katheryn Winnick a fighter? ›

Katheryn Winnick holds a third-degree black belt in taekwondo and a second-degree black belt in karate, so playing a sword-wielding shield maiden in History's “Vikings” was a cinch.

Was Lagertha Lothbrok real? ›

Turns Out The Real Inspiration For 'Vikings' Lagertha Is Even Tougher Than The TV Version. The character of Lagertha is based on a real Viking shieldmaiden - born sometime around 795 CE - who really was married to Ragnar.

Who played Booth's girlfriend Hannah on Bones? ›

Jealousy rears its ugly head in the new season of "Bones" with the introduction of blond beauty Hannah Burley, played by Katheryn Winnick.

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