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Katheryn Winnick


B: December 17, 1977 in Toronto, Ontario

Katheryn Winnick’s parents enrolled the whole family in martial arts when the future actor was just seven years old. She attained her first black belt at the age of 13 and by time she was 16 she ranked second in Canada in tae kwon do and karate. It was her expertise in martial arts that led her into a movie career. When David Cronenberg was filming eXistenZ in 1998, he brought Winnick in to teach martial arts to Jennifer Jason Leigh. Winnick played the role of Lagertha in the series, Vikings and was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award for her work in that role. She plays Jenny Hoyt in the series Big Sky. She is pictured above at the CSA award ceremonies in March of 2014.