Peter Franzén as King Harald Finehair, Vikings

King Harald Finehair Played by Peter Franzén

A complex character who seeks to be King of Norway and is a potential threat to Ragnar.


Peter Franzén

Franzén is one of Finland’s most accomplished actors. On the film side, Peter can most recently be seen as Reiniger in the spy thriller The Gunman opposite Sean Penn and Javier Bardem for Silver Pictures and Taken director Pierre Morel.

Franzén made his feature directorial debut with his film Above Dark Waters which opened in his native Finland, based on a screenplay he wrote, adapted from his semi-autobiographical 2010 novel of the same name. The novel was originally adapted as a play at the Finnish National Theatre in 2012. Franzén is also promoting a follow-up novel to coming out soon, called With the Same Eyes.

At the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Franzén was showcased in a the film Heart of a Lion from acclaimed Finnish director Dome Karukoski, where he played a Neo-Nazi skinhead who falls fast and hard for the female lead played by Laura Birn. The problem—she has a biracial young son. “Heart of a Lion” was hailed by critics as one of the most provocative films at the festival that year.

Franzén’s career has spanned 20 years and over 40 movies, winning three Jussi Awards (Finland’s national film prize) with a total of seven nominations.

Franzén also starred in the film Open Up To Me, which was nominated for a Nordic Council Film prize, and Antti Jokinen’s Purge which was Finland’s official selection to the Academy Awards.