Gabriel Byrne Signs on for History’s ‘Vikings’

Gabriel Byrne (Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES ( – Gabriel Byrne is in a plundering mood.

In Treatment” actor Byrne has signed on for “Vikings,” History Channel’s maiden voyage into scripted programming.

Byrne will play Earl Haraldson, who surfaces as a challenger to Viking king Ragnar Lothbrok.

The series, which will be produced by MGM Studios and hails from “The Tudors” and “Camelot” producer, will center on Lothbrok, a real-life Viking king who, according to lore, was a direct descendant of warrior god Odin.

“Vikings” will film in Byrne’s native Ireland, and will debut next year.

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