One of the great assets of Vikings: Valhalla – one of the most popular historical series on Netflix – is its cast, made up of great movie and TV stars. Many fans didn’t realize it, but Pollyanna McIntosh, who puts on a show as Queen Ælfgifu, also stars on The Walking Dead.
“Enemies new and old await Freydis, Leif and Harald at the ends of the world. Once again, the quest for power and new places to conquer is relentless.”
The main cast of Vikings: Valhalla is led by Sam Corlett (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Frida Gustavsson (The Witcher), Leo Suter (Sanditon) and Bradley Freegard (Holby City).
Here’s everything you need to know about Pollyanna McIntosh’s performances on Vikings: Valhalla and The Walking Dead.
Pollyanna McIntosh conquers fans in Vikings: Valhalla and The Walking Dead.
Scottish actress Pollyanna McIntosh is part of both the cast of Vikings: Valhalla and The Walking Dead.
In the Netflix historical series, McIntosh plays Queen Ælfgifu of Denmark. The character plays a very important role in the production, especially in the plot of Freydis.
In Vikings: Valhalla, Ælfgifu of Northampton – whose Old English name means ‘elf’ and ‘gift’ – is the first wife of King Canute, ruler of Denmark.
The character is also the mother of Harald Harefoot and Svein Knutsson. Her origins go back to the ancient Kingdom of Mercia (which is ruled by Queen Kwenthrith in the Vikings plot).
Although Ælfgifu’s characterization in Vikings: Valhalla is largely fictional, the character is inspired by a real-life figure, a member of a powerful Mercian family and daughter of Ælfhelm, one of the rulers of Northumbria.
Pollyanna McIntosh plays the Queen as a cold, calculating and ambitious woman, willing to do anything to be as respected as her husband.
On The Walking Dead, on the other hand, the Scottish actress plays a very different character: Jadis.
In the plot of the series, Jadis (whose real name is Anne) is introduced in season 7 as the leader of the Scavengers, a group of survivors who reside in a landfill.
In the midst of Rick’s group’s first battle against the Saviors, Jadis betrays the protagonist, allying with Negan in exchange for more men for her community.
Eventually, The Walking Dead confirms Jadis as one of the CRM members. It is she who saves Rick at the end of the 9th season, putting the protagonist in a helicopter of the mysterious organization.
The character also appears in the spin-off World Beyond, in which she reveals even more details about her origin and role in the paramilitary group.
On Netflix, Pollyanna McIntosh is also in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series, in the role of the angel Metatron.
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