Who is the star behind the hit TV show ‘Vikings’ and what life experiences led her to her current career path? Read on to find out.
Originally of Ukrainian descent, Katheryn Winnick (born Katerena Anna Vinitska) was born in Ontario, Canada and did not learn English until she was 8 years old. Very passionate about martial arts, she earned her first black belt by age 13.
By age 21, she was teaching Taekwondo at her own school and it was there where she was inspired to enter the film industry by teaching actors to fight on movie sets.
Despite owning and teaching at three different Taekwondo schools, Winnick was still able to complete her degree in Kinesiology at York University in Toronto.
Beginning in 2013, Winnick played Lagertha (and Directed) in the award winning hit TV show ‘Vikings’ which aired for 6 seasons and 76 episodes over the span of almost 10 years! The History Channel had initially meant the show to be a miniseries, but decided to expand the show from 10 episodes per season to almost 20 due to its popularity which became quite taxing on the showrunner.
Sadly, the show concluded in late 2020 due to the toll it took on creator Michael Hirst’s personal life.
Quick Facts about Katheryn Winnick
|Net Worth||$1 million|
|Birth date||December 17, 1977|
|Height||5 ft. 6 in. (54 kg)|
|Weight||118 lbs. (54 kg)|
|Shoe size||8 (US)|
|Body Measurement||34-24-34 in.|
|Net Worth||$1 million|
|Parents||Roman Winnick (Father) and Lesya Winnick (Mother)|
|Education||York University and studied acting at William Esper Studio|
|Source of Wealth||Professional Actress/Director, sponsorship, and entrepreneur|
She is the winner of ‘Best Actress’ in the short film ‘Daddy’s Little Girl (2002), ‘Best Female Performance’ in the short drama ‘Children of the Air’ (2012), and the winner of ‘Outstanding Film/Show Directed by a Woman’ for ‘Vikings’ in 2020.
In fact, eight of her nine nominations were due to the hit TV show, ‘Vikings.’
Winnick was once kicked out of summer camp at the age of 14 for reckless behavior.
Her last name ‘Winnick’ means ‘Winemaker.’
She speaks five languages: English, Ukrainian, French, Russian, and Italian.
Rumored to have been in a relationship with filmmaker Nick Loeb but neither ever confirmed the relationship.
Her mother, Lesya Winnick, is the Vice President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
Winnick represents the luxury Swiss watch brand and named ambassador of Raymond Weil.
She is a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 2nd degree black belt in karate, and a licensed bodyguard.
Best Inspirational Quote from Katheryn Winnick
“My dad was an entrepreneur so I had a great role model. He showed me that if you want to do something great the best way is to do it yourself.”
There’s no question why this multi-talented actress has gained such notoriety. Her distinctive full lips, piercing blue eyes, and blond hair have easily captured the hearts of millions of adoring fans as can be seen on her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter handles.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Katheryn Winnick’s age?
What is Katheryn Winnick’s height and weight?
5 ft. 6 in. (1.68m)
What is Katheryn Winnick’s country of citizenship?
Dual citizen of Canada and the USA
What is Katheryn Winnick’s net worth?
Est. $1 million