If you’re a fan of vampires, then you probably know at least one character played by Christopher Heyerdahl. Where does this tall actor come from? How did he get into “The Twilight Saga” and who is the woman who won him over?
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Early life and education
Christopher Heyerdahl was born on September 18, 1963 in British Columbia, Canada. He is of Scottish and Norwegian descent – his father was an immigrant from Norway in the early 1950s. His cousin was Thor Heyerdahl, the famous Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer, who sailed about 5,000 miles in a handmade boat from South America to the Tuamotu Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Little is known about Heyerdahl’s early years, but it is stated: that he grew up on Hollyburn Mountain in Vancouver, Canada, in a house with no running water. Some time after high school, he returned to Norway to enroll at the University of Oslo.
Heyerdahl worked as a stage actor in several Canadian theaters, such as the Stratford Theater, before making his TV debut in 1987, when he briefly appeared in the famous TV series “21 Jump Street”, starring Johnny Depp. His first real TV role was in the 1993 series “Are You Afraid of the Dark”, in which he portrayed various vampires in two episodes, “The Tale of the Thirteenth Floor” and “The Tale of the Midnight Madness”. Funnily enough, this marked his future roles in horror and vampire movies.
In 1994, he appeared in the action movie “Warriors”, considered his feature film debut. In the same year, he appeared in the third part of the film series “Highlander”, “Highlander: The Final Dimension”, in which he played Ponytail. He was also part of the cast for the TV miniseries “The Maharaja’s Daughter”. Before the late 1990s, he starred in several feature films, such as “Coyote Run”, “Silent Trigger”, Twist of Terror and “The Education of Little Tree”. In 1997, he portrayed a vampire again, this time in an episode of the TV series “A Matter of Style”, about an old vampire who tries to teach her younger protégé how to seduce and kill his prey.
However, Christopher rose to fame after being cast as Howard P. Lovecraft in the 1998 series “Out of Mind: The Stories of HP Lovecraft”.
In the early 2000s, he appeared in films such as “Aftermath”, “Nowhere in Sight” and “The Killing Yard”. He also made guest appearances in several sci-fi TV series, such as “Andromeda”, “Stargate SG-1” and “Smallville: Chloe Chronicles”. In 2004, he portrayed Helion Politico in “The Chronicles of Riddick”, with colleagues Vin Diesel, Judi Dench and Colm Feore. He portrayed Rocker in the 2004 version of “Catwomen,” alongside Halle Berry and Sharon Stone, and the same year he appeared as Caulder, Blade’s ally in “Blade: Trinity,” starring Wesley Snipes.
In 2004, Heyerdahl landed the role of Todd the Wraith in the famous sci-fi series “Stargate: Atlantis”, which remained on the show for five seasons until 2009.
At the same time, in 2005 he portrayed Mike l’Irlandais in “The Outlander”, and the following year he appeared as a guest character in several TV series, such as “Saved”, “The Dead Zone”, “Psych” and “Whistler”. In 2007, he was a recurring character on the sci-fi TV series “Sanctuary”, and also played Zor-El, a Kryptonian scientist, on the TV series “Smallville”.
He was in the recurring cast for the TV series “Sanctuary” in 2008 and remained on the show until it ended in 2011. In 2009, he was a guest character on three episodes of “Supernatural”.
Heyerdahl got the role of one of the three leaders of the infamous Volturi coven, Marcus, in the famous vampire romantic film series “The Twilight Saga”, before reprising the role in “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, and in both parts from the adaptation of the last book, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”. In 2011, he was cast as the recurring character The Swede on the AMC hit series “Hell on Wheels”, and remained on the show for all five seasons.
In 2012, Heyerdahl was cast again as a vampire character, this time in the original HBO series “True Blood,” which portrayed Dieter Braun, making his debut during the show’s fifth season. The following year, he guest-appeared on several hit TV series, most notably “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Castle”, “Nikita” and “Falling Skies”. In 2014, he appeared in “The Calling”, alongside Susan Sarandon, portrayed Jack Gruber in TV series about Batman’s childhood, “Gotham”, and was cast as Dr. Lionel Gray in the TV series “Minority Report”.
I was so excited that I didn’t brush my teeth for five months to get into this role. I think the preparation is clearly visible. #NaZdorovie @LibrariansTNT #TheLibrarians #this evening https://t.co/KEjYdLBJ8U
— Christopher Heyerdahl (@CHEyerdahl) July 10, 2019
In 2016, Heyerdahl was cast as Sam in SyFy’s “Van Helsing”, remaining on the show until 2019.
In 2017, Heyerdahl portrayed Louis Gagnon in the first season of the crime series “Tin Star”, as well as Don Berryman in another crime series, “Damnation”. Two years later, he was cast as Augustus Nickel in the final season of the WGNA drama series “Pure.”
Heyerdahl appeared as Oscar Wallace in an episode of the TV series “Messiah” in 2020, followed by playing Hiram Epps in the horror TV series “Them: Covenant”, and will also appear in subsequent seasons.
Heyerdahl has also done some voice acting for video games, voiced several characters in “Beowulf: The Game”, “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” and “Far Cry 5”.
Heyerdahl tries to keep his life private, so not much is known about his personal life. He is married to a teacher of an unknown name who introduced him to “The Twilight Saga”, and she was the one who urged him to audition for the part of Marcus. It is not known whether the couple has children. He is fluent in English, Norwegian and Spanish.
He is such a big fan of rock band KISS, that he designed the face tattoo for his character in “Stargate: Atlantis” inspired by Ace Frehley, the guitarist of KISS.
Heyerdahl is active on Twitter, on which he has more than 13,000 followers. He does not use other social media platforms.
Christopher Heyerdahl is best known for portraying vampires in various horror movies and TV series. His prominent career in this genre, which spans over 120 titles, has earned him a estimated net worth of over $4 million.
Heyerdahl landed most of his roles due to his 1.93kg height. He weighs about 88 kg and thus has a slim build. His eyes are bright blue and his hair is light brown.