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Katheryn Winnick (born Katerena Anna Vinitska on December 17, 1977) is a Canadian actress of Ukraininan descent. She spoke Ukrainian as her first language until she was 8 years old, when she began speaking English.

She began training in martial arts at a very early age and by the time she was 21 she had already started three martial arts schools. Eventually she was brought in to help train actors in martial arts for fight scenes and she decided to go into acting.

Her most well-known roles have been in television, playing Hannah Burley, Booth’s girlfriend in season 6 of Bones; and the lead role of the legendary shield maiden Lagertha in The History Channel's Vikings.


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  • Action Girl: Because of her background in martial arts she often plays female badasses.
  • Bodyguard Babes: She is a Real Life example of this trope, being a licensed bodyguard.
  • Cast the Expert: She got into acting after being brought in to teach martial arts to actors in a movie.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Whenever she’s not playing a badass action girl, she’s playing one of this. Assuming the character isn't both of course.
  • Retroactive Recognition: She did a lot of one-episode guest appearances and small movie roles before breaking it big with Vikings so this comes up a lot. invoked
  • Sensual Slavs: Being a smoking hot Ukrainian and fluent in the language she’s played this part more than once.
  • Star-Making Role: As Lagertha in Vikings
  • You Look Familiar: In two different franchises…

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