Vikings: Mishaël Lopes Cardozo and Karen Connell talk to us about Vikings Series 6

Mishaël Lopes Cardozo and Karen Connell were both lucky enough to have been cast in the next series of Vikings. Both have significant roles, so I asked them to share their experiences with us...

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Karen Connell

Q: Why did you want to be involved in this production?

K: It’s an amazing show to be a part of – it has an international audience, huge ratings, dedicated fans and is filmed right here in Ireland. It was a dream come true to bag a role on it!

Q: What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?


K: Finding the truth in a character.  The Vikings had such strong pagan beliefs, their Gods were everything to them.  I guess overcoming the fear of being unable to create on such a big set what I did in a small kitchen for the audition tape!

Q: If you could play any other character in Vikings, who would it be?

K: Lagertha. The ultimate warrior.

Q: What do you love about this character?

K: She is a paradox, and her dual nature lit me up from when I first read the sides. 

Q: If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?

K: The one I’m currently heavily penciled for!! If I could though, I’d take the Catherine Tate show back and make her write in a part for me. I’m obsessed with the woman at the minute – she’s a genius.


Mishaël Lopes Cardozo:

Q: How did you feel when you heard about your new role in Vikings?

M: Delighted! I love the Viking period. Both from a cultural perspective and a Martial Arts perspective. It is, for me personally, an interesting era.

Q: Do you know yet when your character will be seen for the first time? 

M: My character first makes an appearance in episode 1 as far as I know in season 6.

Q: If you could play any other character in Vikings, who would it be?

M: I am happy with the role I have - which I cannot tell you about yet. I like the variety in this character.  Playing Bjorn would also be cool. But I’m already too old for that part. 

Q: When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal/shoot, what do you spend that time doing?

M: Sword drills with my prop sword and then pop back to ‘now’ and play with my phone like any other idiot.

Q: After Vikings, what do you plan to do next?

M: Get my own movie - SHORTEDGE - on the silver screen! It’s a contemporary action movie with a unique script and a lot of historical swordsmanship 😊