Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick (born December 17, 1977[1][2]) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles in Amusement (2008), Bones (2010), A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2012), Vikings (2013–present), The Art of the Steal (2013), Polar (2019) and Wu Assassins (2019).

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

Early life

Winnick was born in Etobicoke, Ontario, and is of Ukrainian descent. She spoke Ukrainian as her first language and did not begin speaking English until she was eight years old.[3][4] She began training in martial arts at age seven, and obtained her first black belt at 13.[5] By age 21, she had started three Taekwondo schools.[5] She taught Taekwondo and self-defense to actors while completing her degree in kinesiology at York University, Toronto.[6]


Winnick has appeared in many films, including Stand Up Guys, Failure to Launch, Love & Other Drugs, and Killers. She has guest-starred in numerous television shows, most notably House,[7] The Glades, Bones, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Person of Interest,[8] and Nikita. In her role on Bones, she portrays Hannah Burley, a war correspondent who had been posted to cover the war in Afghanistan and becomes a love interest for main character Seeley Booth.

Winnick starred in the comedy-drama film Cold Souls, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2009. In 2011, Winnick was cast in a guest role on The CW's spy drama Nikita. In 2013, she starred in A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III and appeared in the comedy The Art of the Steal. She also joined History Channel's Vikings, starring in the role of Lagertha, a legendary figure in Viking history.[5][9] In July 2017, Winnick stated on her Twitter account that she had been cast for a role in what was thought to be a film project, and that it will be announced at the San Diego Comic-Con International.[10] She was later revealed to be cast as a main character in the Nazi Zombies mode of the video game Call of Duty: WWII.

In July 2018, it was announced that Winnick was cast in the series regular role of Christine "C.G." Gavin on the Netflix series, Wu Assassins.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Biohazardous Jennifer
2002 Smoking Herb Marcia
2002 The It Factor Herself
2002 Fabled Liz
2002 Daddy's Little Girl N/A Short film
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 Salome
2008 Amusement Tabitha
2009 Cold Souls Sveta
2010 Tranced Cleo
2010 Night and Day July Short film
2010 Radio Free Albemuth Rachel Brady
2010 Choose Fiona Wagner
2010 Killers Vivian
2010 Love & Other Drugs Lisa
2011 Bat $#*! Crazy Girlfriend
2012 Children of the Air Samantha Thomas Short film
2012 Stand Up Guys Oxana
2012 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Ivana
2013 The Art of the Steal Lola
2016 Stripped Margaret Dupre Short film
2017 The Dark Tower Laurie Chambers
2018 Speed Kills Emily Gowen
2019 Polar Vivian [12]
TBA Flag Day TBA Filming[13]
TBA Wander Elsa Viceroy Filming[14]


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–present Vikings Lagertha Main role
2015 Person of Interest Frankie Wells Episode: "Skip"
2019 Wu Assassins Christine "C.G." Gavin Main role[11]

Video games

As a director

Awards and nominations

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 [17]
2014 Women's Image Network Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Vikings Nominated [18]
2015 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Vikings Nominated [19]
2015 Golden Maple Awards Best Actress in a TV series broadcasted in the U.S. Vikings Nominated [20][21]
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


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  2. @Vikings (December 17, 2018). "Happy Birthday @KatherynWinnick! Kattegat wouldn't be the same without you. #Vikings" (Tweet). Retrieved August 1, 2019 via Twitter.
  3. Lepage, Mark (September 2005). "Toro Woman". Toro: 13. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  4. Franklin, Sheila (February 5, 2009). "Katheryn Winnick Talks About Her Latest Movie 'Cold Souls' With Paul Giamatti And More". Starpulsse. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  5. "Vikings – Katheryn Winnick Conference Call". SpoilerTV. March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  6. https://www.winkaiselfdefense.com/the-team
  7. 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. Archived from the original on February 1, 2007. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  8. "'Person Of Interest' Season 4 Spoilers: Will Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson Lose To Samaritan's "New Agents?" [WATCH]". Mstarz.
  9. Kroll, Justin (June 28, 2012). "Fimmel, Winnick set sail on 'Vikings'". Variety. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  10. "Vikings Actress Katheryn Winnick Teases Big Announcement At SDCC 2017". moviepilot.com. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  11. 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.
  12. Gilyadov, Alex (February 23, 2018). "Netflix Adapting Dark Horse's Polar". IGN.
  13. "'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.
  14. 'Vikings' star Katheryn Winnick joins Aaron Eckhart on conspiracy thriller 'Wander' (exclusive)
  15. Kathryn Winnick Teases Directing 'Vikings' And 'Wu Assassins'. ET Canada. July 23, 2019. Retrieved August 12, 2019 via YouTube.
  16. 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.
  17. "Canadian Screen Awards: Orphan Black, Less Than Kind, Enemy nominated". CBC News. January 13, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  18. "Women's Image Network Awards 2014".
  19. Li, Shirley (May 6, 2015). "The Critics' Choice TV Awards 2015: And the nominees are..." Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  20. Levine, Sydney (July 8, 2015). "Golden Maple Awards'15 Winners Include Brandon Jay McLaren and Amanda Crew | IndieWire". Indiewire. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  21. Kelley, Seth (April 28, 2015). "'Vikings' Leads Golden Maple Awards' 2015 Nominees". Variety. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
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