Vikings cast: Who is Jessalyn Gilsig? Meet actress behind Siggy Haraldson

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Vikings is taking a mid-season break on History and Amazon Prime, and the series tells the story of Viking warriors such as Ragnar Lothbrok (played by Travis Fimmel). One of the main characters from the earlier seasons is Siggy Haraldson, a kind-hearted servant and lover of Rollo (Clive Standen). has everything you need to know about the actress Jessalyn Gilsig, who played Siggy Haraldson in the series.

Who is Jessalyn Gilsig?

Jessalyn Gilsig is a Canadian actress who started acting when she was aged just 12.

The 48-year-old, who has one child, has previously starred as Lucy in the emotional 1998 film The Horse Whisperer, and as Anna Thompson in Somewhere Slow in 2013.

She has a whole host of television credits to her name, including in roles as a voice actress, with one of her main roles being Lauren Davis in Boston Public.

The actress has also taken on main roles in Nip/Tuck, Heroes, and Glee, in which she played Terri Shuester.

She first joined the cast of Vikings in 2013 and was on the show until 2015, leaving fans feeling sad to see her go.


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Gilsig was nominated for a Golden Maple Award for Best Actress in a TV series broadcasted in the US back in 2015, for her role as Siggy.

One of the star’s more recent roles was in 2018, in the TV movie The Sweetheart, and in 2016 she played Vanessa Moss in Scandal.

Her first voice acting job was at the age of 12, for a National Film Board of Canada production called Masquerade.

She first studied for an English degree, graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 1993, before studying at Harvard University’s Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

The actress is a keen supporter of the charity Childhelp, an organisation which she promotes on her Twitter page.

She has been posting drawings of pets on her Instagram using the hashtag #doodleyourpet, thanking followers for supporting Childhelp.

Childhelp thanked her in a tweet which said: “You are our hero, Jessalyn (and your doodles are divine!) Thank you for using your talent for the love of a child.”

The actress replied: “Hardly! You are the true heroes. But it’s my pleasure. And getting to know people and their pets is so special. There’s nothing better than a collaboration.”

Fans have been sharing their love for her character Siggy on her social media pages, with one fan saying they cried when her character died.

Another fan said: “Lagertha and Siggy were two great Viking ladies. It was sad that Siggy left Vikings so early.”

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Siggy was in Vikings from the first season, until season three when she died by drowning, whilst trying to save Aslaug’s (Alyssa Sutherland) sons.

She was married to Earl Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne) who was killed by Ragnar in a dual, and although she is heartbroken she joins Ragnar’s side to protect her daughter Thyri (Elinor Crawley).

Siggy ends up marrying Rollo, Ragnar’s brother, and she asks Ragnar’s wife Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) if she can become her servant.

Rollo and Siggy have a rocky relationship but in the end Rollo mourns her death, returning to Kattegat to find out she is dead.

In the third series she has been tasked with looking after Ragnar’s new wife Aslaug’s children, having formed a friendship with her.


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The children run off to a frozen lake and the ice cracks underneath them, resulting in them falling into the freezing water.

Siggy, determined to save the children, jumps in after them and manages to get them to safety, however she has no strength left to pull herself out.

Wanting to be reunited with her dead daughter and husband, she lets go of the surface of the ice and lets herself sink.

She was known for her kind and selfless nature and fans were devastated to see her leave the series after performing such a heroic act.

Clive Standen, who plays her lover Rollo, tweeted a picture of the pair from the series with the message: “If only they both could have realized that he was the rock on which she stood and she was the sea on which he floated. #Siggy #Rollo #vikings @HistoryVikings.”

Vikings will return to Amazon Prime and History before the end of 2020

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