Travis Fimmel

Travis Fimmel (born 15 July 1979) is an Australian actor and former model. He is known for his role as Ragnar Lothbrok in the History Channel television series Vikings.[1][2]

Travis Fimmel
Born (1979-07-15) 15 July 1979
Echuca, Victoria, Australia
OccupationActor, former model
Years active2002–present
Modeling information
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)

Early life

Fimmel was born near Echuca, Victoria, Australia. He was raised on a 5,500-acre dairy farm in Lockington. The youngest of three brothers, he is the son of Jennie, a recreation officer for the disabled, and Chris, a cattle farmer.[3] Aspiring to be a professional Australian rules footballer, Fimmel moved to Melbourne in his late teens to play for the St Kilda Football Club in the AFL, but a broken leg sidelined him before the season began.[4][5] He was accepted into RMIT to study commercial architecture and engineering but later deferred to travel abroad.[6][7]



Fimmel's modeling career first began when he was spotted working out at a gym in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn by the flatmate of Matthew Anderson, a talent scout for the Chadwick Models agency.[8]

Fimmel headed overseas and was signed on the spot with agency LA Models in 2002 after walking into their office broke and barefoot.[9] He then became the first male in the world to secure a six-figure deal to model exclusively for Calvin Klein for a year, and the last to be personally contracted by the brand's eponymous designer.[10][11] He fronted CK's Crave men's fragrance campaign and modelled the brand's famous underwear. It was reported that one of his London billboards had to be pulled down after complaints from an auto club of traffic congestion and accidents by 'rubbernecking' female drivers, but Fimmel insisted the story started with a rumour spread on the internet.[12][13]

He was named one of the world's sexiest bachelors by America's People magazine in 2002 and at the time was regarded as "the most in-demand male model in the world".[14][15] It has even been suggested by some journalists that Fimmel was the inspiration for Sex and the City heartthrob 'Jerry' Smith Jerrod.[16]

Fimmel appeared on various magazine covers, including France's Numero Homme and America's TV Guide,[17] as well as on top-rating American TV shows in 2003 including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Sharon Osbourne Show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, MTV's Total Request Live and entertainment TV news program Extra.[12] He also made a cameo appearance in the bar scene of a video clip for Janet Jackson's "Someone to Call My Lover"[18] and played a hunk loading hay onto the back of a pick-up truck in Jennifer Lopez's "I'm Real" (original version).[19]

Preferring to be known for his acting rather than his modelling, Fimmel turned down an offer from Australia's Seven Network to be a guest judge on the TV series Make Me A Supermodel.[20]


Fimmel studied under Hollywood acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, taking two years to pluck up the courage to audition for his first role, saying "half of acting is overcoming your fears [and] letting yourself be vulnerable in front of people".[7] He landed the title lead in Warner Bros. 2003 TV series Tarzan, described by CNN as one of the "five hottest things happening in entertainment right now”, in which he did most of his own stunts.[21][22][23] In addition, he appeared in the studio's pilot Rocky Point with Lauren Holly in 2005, the Fox film Southern Comfort with Madeleine Stowe in 2006 and The Big Valley with Richard Dreyfuss and Jessica Lange in 2011.

Fimmel has played a diverse spectrum of characters on the small and big screens. In 2008, he portrayed a murderer in Restraint and a party boy in Surfer, Dude with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.[12] In 2010, he portrayed a compassionate cowboy in Pure Country 2: The Gift and a forensic photographer in Australian horror film Needle, co-starring Ben Mendelsohn.[24]

He depicted a talented classical pianist in Ivory, a “creative, edgy, out-of-the box” independent film that was an Official Selection in the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival and the Strasbourg International Film Festival.[25] Produced by Academy Award-winner Gray Frederickson and co-starring Martin Landau and Peter Stormare, Ivory "details the troubled lives of classical pianists at a major American conservatory as they confront personal and professional rivalry during the rigors of training".[12][26]

Fimmel played Helweg, a prison guard in the 2010 film The Experiment.[12] It was reported that the role originally went to Elijah Wood, who pulled out of shooting for reasons unknown, so Fimmel instead took the job.[27][28] The film is based on a real-life experiment on volunteers by Stanford University that was cut short after spinning out of control, with 'guards' exhibiting sadistic behaviour and 'prisoners' suffering depression.[29]

Fimmel starred opposite Patrick Swayze in A&E's 2009 series The Beast (screened in Australia on ABC2).[30] He played rookie undercover FBI agent Ellis Dove partnered with a hardened veteran cop, Swayze's Charles Barker. Production ceased after 13 episodes due to Swayze's death from pancreatic cancer.[31]

He then played fugitive Mason Boyle in two episodes of NBC's 2010 action-adventure Chase (season 1, episodes 1 and 8), produced by Emmy Award-winning Jerry Bruckheimer.[32][33]

Fimmel appeared in FX's TV pilot Outlaw Country in 2011 with Luke Grimes, described as a “modern drama set against the back drop of a southern organized crime family”.[34] According to Variety magazine, he plays a rugged, “hard-drinking gang member and the main character's best friend”.[34]

He co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria in the 2013 redneck Southern comedy flick The Baytown Outlaws, playing one of the three hapless Oodie brothers who bites off more than he can chew when he agrees to help a woman get her godson back from her deadbeat ex-husband.[35]

Fimmel plays the lead in 2012's Harodim, originally titled The Lazarus Protocol, with Peter Fonda as a former intelligence officer trained in black ops tracking down the world's most wanted terrorist who is compromised by his own chain of command.[36]

Fimmel was signed as the lead character for four seasons in the drama television series Vikings, co-starring Alexander Ludwig, Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne and Linus Roache. Premiering in 2013, the show was filmed in Ireland and chronicles "the extraordinary and ferocious world of the mighty Norsemen who raided, traded and explored during The Middle Ages."[37] He plays a character loosely based on Ragnar Loðbrók, the legendary Viking leader who is frustrated by the unadventurous tendencies of his local chieftain and strikes out to pillage new lands.[38][39] USA Today described Fimmel's performance as "engaging", while the Huffington Post called it his "breakout role".[1][40][41]

Fimmel starred as military commander Anduin Lothar in Warcraft (2016), a live-action film adaptation of the World of Warcraft computer game. It was reported that a horse spooked by a wind fan collapsed on Fimmel while performing one of his own stunts but he emerged unscathed.[42][43]

He was cast as a quirky hipster in romantic comedy Maggie's Plan with Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore, a loving but irresponsible father in Lean on Pete with Charlie Plummer and Steve Buscemi.

Named as the 2017 Actor of the Year in GQ Australia's Men of the Year Awards, Fimmel told the audience in his characteristic self-deprecating style, "I'm not sure how I got this, but I won't demand a recount".[44]

In February 2018, Fimmel was announced as the lead actor in the upcoming film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, playing the role of heroic Major Harry Smith who led soldiers under his command in conflict against the Viet Cong during the Battle of Long Tan in the Vietnam War. It is based on the historic account of 105 Australian soldiers and 3 New Zealand soldiers who held off an estimated 2,000 Viet Cong soldiers in a rubber plantation near Nui Dat on 17 August 1966.[45][46][47]

He co-stars opposite fellow Australian Margot Robbie in the indie film Dreamland. Set in the 1930s Dust Bowl, the story follows a teenage boy on his quest to beat out the FBI to capture a fugitive bank robber in order to claim a bounty and save the family farm.[48] His next film is "El Tonto" a comedy written, directed by and starring Charlie Day.[49]

Personal life

Fimmel's favourite recreational activities include Australian rules football, camping, horse riding, surfing, riding motorbikes and going to the beach.[13][50][51]

Fimmel also played a celebrity cricket match in the 2009 Australia vs England Hollywood Ashes with fellow Australian actors Jesse Spencer from House, Cameron Daddo, celebrity chef Curtis Stone, INXS bass guitarist Garry Gary Beers and cricket fast bowler Michael Kasprowicz.[16][52]



Year Title Role Notes
2008Surfer, DudeJohnny Doran
2010Pure Country 2: The GiftDale Jordan
NeedleMarcus Rutherford
The ExperimentHelweg
2011SupremacyGarrett TullyShort film
2012The Baytown OutlawsMcQueen Oodie
HarodimLazarus Fell
2015Maggie's PlanGuy Childers
2016WarcraftAnduin Lothar
2017Lean on PeteRay Thompson
2019Finding Steve McQueenHarry Barber
Danger Close: The Battle of Long TanMajor Harry Smith Post-production
DreamlandGeorge Evans
TBAHere Are the Young MenTBA
TBADie in a Gunfight


Year Title Role Notes
2003TarzanJohn Clayton/Tarzan9 episodes
2005Rocky PointTaj WaltersEpisode: "Pilot"
2006Southern ComfortBobbyTelevision movie
2009The BeastEllis Dove/Carlson13 episodes
2010ChaseMason Boyle2 episodes
2012Outlaw CountryFeronTelevision movie
BlackBoxTVTedEpisode: "AZEP: The Reawakening"
2013−2017VikingsRagnar LothbrokMain role; 45 episodes
2020Raised by WolvesMarcusUpcoming, Lead role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2013 IGN Awards Best TV Hero[53] Vikings Nominated

See also


  1. Prudom, Laura Vikings On History: Travis Fimmel Previews The Journey Of Ragnar Lothbrok The Huffington Post, 4 March 2013
  2. Vikings Renewed for Season 2 by History, The Huffington Post, Retrieved 5 April 2013
  3. People Magazine official website, , 3 November 2003
  4. Kee, William K.C. Talents from Down Under The Star, 14 June 2010
  5. SPE Networks-Asia, Sony Entertainment official website, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), Retrieved 25 March 2011
  6. Official Website Retrieved 5 May 2011
  7. Lee, Luaine 'The Beast's' Travis Fimmel is Happy Down on the Farm The Denver Post, 28 January 2009
  8. Lewis, Felicity Model Hunter, The Age Melbourne Magazine, 29 February 2008
  9. Hello magazine,, Retrieved 26 March 2011
  10. Epaminondas, George, Naked in New York, The Age, 27 January 2002
  11. Blasberg, Derek, In Conversation: Calvin Klein, Gagosian Quarterly, 23 February 2018
  12. Internet Movie Database official website , Retrieved 25 March 2011
  13. Tai, Elizabeth Partners in Crime Drama Archived 6 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine 10 May 2009
  14. People Magazine, 24 June 2002
  15. Herald Sun, Former Calvin Klein Model Travis Fimmel Films Horror Movie with Jessica Marais, Luke Wilson" 21 December 2009
  16. The Daily Telegraph Travis Fimmel Shows Off His Body at Hollywood Ashes 11 May 2009
  17. The Age, With Stars In Their Eyes 21 August 2003
  18. Hello Magazine, Retrieved 25 March 2011
  19. ShareTV official site, Retrieved 8 April 2011
  20. The Daily Telegraph Don't Make Me A Supermodel Judge: Travis Fimmel 6 July 2008
  21. Hello! Magazine Profile: Travis Fimmel Retrieved 9 May 2011
  22. CNN, Five of the Hottest Things Happening in Entertainment Right Now 18 September 2003
  23. McDaniel, Mike From Jockeys to the Jungle, 20 July 2003
  24. The Telegraph, Ben Mendelsohn ties the knot with British writer and Hollywood 'it' girl Emma Forrest in Los Angeles 10 June 2012
  25. Official Website Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  26. Price, Matthew, The Oklahoman, Retrieved 6 July 2012]
  27. IMDB trivia The Experiment Retrieved 6 May 2011
  28. Sony Lockdown on 'Experiment' The Hollywood Reporter, 4 August 2009
  29. Zimbardo, Philip Simulation Experiment of the Psychology of Imprisonment Conducted at Stanford University, Retrieved 18 March 2012
  30. Salem, Rob Watching, Waiting and Hoping for Swayze, 12 January 2009
  31. Sydney Morning Herald Patrick Swayze Dead 15 September 2009
  32. TV Guide Retrieved 29 April 2011
  33. Access Hollywood NBC Announces Jerry Bruckheimer's 'Chase' for Fall Lineup 10 May 2010
  34. Kroll, Justin Travis Fimmel to Star in FX's 'Outlaw Country' Archived 13 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 9 September 2010
  35. McClintock, Pamela Billy Bob Thornton Redneck Comedy 'Baytown Disco' Adds Three New Stars Hollywood Reporter, 28 April 2011
  36. Terra Mater Factual Studios Retrieved 13 March 2012
  37. UPI Retrieved 29 June 2012
  38. Goldberg, Lesley 'Glee's' Jessalyn Gilsig to Co-Star in History Channel's 'Vikings' Drama Hollywood Reporter, 28 June 2012
  39. Irish Film Board Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 24 January 2013
  40. Bianco, Robert Vikings takes the pillage, raises it to derring-do USA Today, 26 February 2013
  41. Callaghan, Greg Sydney Morning Herald, 6 October 2016
  42. Justin Kroll. "'Vikings' Actor Travis Fimmel Joins 'Warcraft' (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety". Variety.
  43. Box Office Mojo Retrieved 9 March 2018
  44. GQ Australia 15 November 2017
  45. "Vikings actor Travis Fimmel starring in Long Tan movie to be filmed in Queensland". ABC News. 28 February 2018.
  46. "Hollywood Vietnam War movie Danger Close to be filmed in Queensland, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says". The Courier-Mail. 28 February 2018.
  47. Battle of Long Tan Retrieved 9 March 2018
  48. Kroll, Justin Margot Robbie's Dreamland Casts Finn Cole, Travis Fimmel Variety, 13 October 2017
  49. D'Alessandro, Anthony; D'Alessandro, Anthony (22 October 2018). "Ray Liotta, Ken Jeong, Adrien Brody, Travis Fimmel & More Round Out Cast For Charlie Day's 'El Tonto'". Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  51. Ellis, James Travis Fimmel Metro UK, Retrieved 2 May 2011
  52. Aussies Defeat England in Hollywood Ashes 2009 Archived 19 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine 14 May 2009
  53. "Best TV Hero - IGN's Best of 2013 Wiki Guide - IGN". Retrieved 14 December 2019 via

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