An award-winning Canadian actor, Christopher Heyerdahl currently co-stars in AMC's hit series "Hell On Wheels," playing the enigmatic 'Swede." This post-Civil War drama debuted as the second highest rated original series in AMC history. Heyerdahl also joined the fifth season of HBO's hit show "True Blood" portraying The Authority's "Headless" Chancellor, Dieter Braun.
Born in British Columbia, Heyerdahl is known internationally for his powerful performances in film, theatre and television. His previous credits include roles as H.P. Lovecraft in the Gemini award winning "Out Of Mind: The Stories Of H.P. Lovecraft", "The Ghosts of Dickens' Past" in which he starred as Charles Dickens, "The Education Of Little Tree and Blade: Trinity." Fluent in French, he also starred in "Le Dernier Tunnel," "Cadavres" and "La Loi Du Cochon."
Heyerdahl has an impressive list of television credits including recent guest roles on "Rush," "Dig," "Vegas," "Castle," "CSI," and "Falling Skies," as well as recurring guest roles on "Supernatural," "Caprica," "Smallville," "Human Target," "Stargate Atlantis," the award-winning children's series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" as well as Steven Spielberg's Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning mini-series "Into The West" for Dreamworks TNT. In May 2012, Heyerdahl won a Leo Award for Best Performance in a Children's Program for R.L. Stine's "The Haunting Hour - Fear Never Knocks." Additionally, in 2010 and 2006 Heyerdahl won Leo Awards for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for "Sanctuary;" and Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series respectfully for his performance as Jan Van Der Heyden in "The Collector."
In 2009, Heyerdahl was nominated for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for "Sanctuary- Revelations Part 2" and a Gemini Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series, also for "Sanctuary."
On stage, Heyerdahl has a long list of theatre credits including "Love's Labour's Lost", "The Changeling" and "Knight of the Burning Pestle" at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, "The Glace Bay Miners' Museum", "The Last Comedy", and "Savage Love", to name a few.
Most recently, Heyerdahl shot a leading role alongside Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland and Ellen Burstyn in the indie crime-drama "The Calling," Gil Bellows in "3 Days in Havana" and Michael Eklund in "Eadwaerd." Heyerdahl is internationally known for his dual roles of John Druitt and Bigfoot in SyFy's hit series "Sanctuary" and the mega hit "Twilight" franchise as the "sensitive" Volturi Leader Marcus.
Name: Christopher Heyerdahl
Known for: Hell on Wheels
BirthDay: 18, Sep ,1963