10 iconic female characters from historical dramas to celebrate Women’s History Month

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Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) from HISTORY’s “Vikings.” Two-hour season six premiere airs Wed. December 4 at 9PM ET/PT.. Photo by Jonathan Hession.. Copyright 2019 /

3. Lagertha from Vikings

Katheryn Winnick’s most significant claim to fame was her stupendous work as Lagertha, the legendary figure and one of the most iconic female characters from Viking history, in the History Channel series Vikings. Winnick and Travis Fimmel, who played Ragnar Lothbrok, led the series for its first four seasons before Ragnar’s character was killed.

After that, Lagertha took over as the main lead, fluctuating between some supporting characters and newcomers. A Viking queen and fierce warrior, Lagertha is a formidable woman and an incredibly layered and complex character. She begins the series as Ragnar’s first wife and a shieldmaiden, but later, after separating from Ragnar, Lagertha becomes the Earl of Hedeby in her own right and then later the Queen of Kattegat.

Based on the legend of the same name, it seems only right that the woman who portrays Lagertha is able to harness her sheer power and energy and work it into a truly memorable portrayal. The only sad thing is that Winnick did not finish out the series; she left after the first half of Season 6, despite the season being split into two parts.

Sadly, Lagertha dies, but at least she gets an epic send-off. Plus, it was always in the cards for her character to die. The fact she lived so long is truly a testament to her popularity and the fan’s significant love of Winnick’s portrayal.