- For the group of warriors, go to the Viking page.
Vikings is an original Canadian-Irish series broadcast by the Canadian television channel, History, created and written by Michael Hirst.
Originally planned to only be a miniseries, as stated by initial reports and releases, the show was renewed for a second season after the strong support it got from critics and viewers.
The series introduces us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore—and raid—the distant shores across the ocean. His ambition puts him at odds with local chieftain Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne), who insists on sending his raiders to the impoverished east rather than the uncharted west. When Ragnar teams up with his boat builder friend Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) to craft a new generation of intrepid ships capable of conquering the rough northern seas, the stage is set for conflict.
But for all its warfare and bloodshed, Vikings is also a story of family and brotherhood, capturing the love and affection between Ragnar and his wife, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), a respected warrior in her own right. It is the tale of Ragnar’s brother Rollo (Clive Standen), a fierce fighter who simmers with jealously; of Earl Haraldson’s wife Siggy (Jessalyn Gilsig), a dutiful beauty who may be less than loyal; and of the monk Athelstan (George Blagden), whose Christian morals clash with the Vikings’ pagan society. As ambition and innovation rattle a civilization, these characters will be put to the test—and their way of life will never be the same again.
- Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking farmer and warrior
- Gabriel Byrne as Earl Haraldson, the local Viking chieftain
- Clive Standen as Rollo, Ragnar's brother
- Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha, Ragnar's wife, a shieldmaiden
- Jessalyn Gilsig as Siggy, Earl Haraldson's wife
- Gustaf Skarsgård as Floki, a gifted shipbuilder and friend of Ragnar's
- George Blagden as Athelstan, an Anglo-Saxon monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid in England
- Nathan O'Toole as Bjorn, the son of Ragnar and Lagertha
- Jouko Ahola as Kauko
- Thorbjørn Harr as Earl Borg
- Eric Higgins as Knut, Earl Haraldson's half-brother
- Maude Hirst as Helga
- Ivan Kaye as King Aelle of Northumbria
- Vladimir Kulich as Erik, one of Ragnar's warriors
- Donal Logue as King Horik
- Gerard McCarthy as Bronsted
- Diarmaid Murtagh as Leif, one of Ragnar's warriors
- David Pearse as Svein, the Earl's henchman
- John Kavanagh as the Seer, a seiðmaðr
- Tadhg Murphy as Arne, one of Ragnars' warriors
- Shannon Rusbuldt as water goddess in main title