Limerick’s ‘Viking blood’ sought for popular TV show

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Do you have what it takes to make it to the Vikings series on the History Channel?
LIMERICK has always been known as a Viking city, and now a series of the same name is seeking to recruit thousands of wannabe Norsemen and women to star on TV.

LIMERICK has always been known as a Viking city, and now a series of the same name is seeking to recruit thousands of wannabe Norsemen and women to star on TV.

Vikings, the hugely successful History Channel production that is filmed in Ireland and is shown here on RTE, has announced a casting call to find a minimum of 8,000 extras to work on its forthcoming season, which will be filmed here.

The Canadian/Irish production recently began its third season and will begin filming the fourth season in Ireland in April.

The producers have this week announced they are looking for extras from across the country to take part, and the selection process will be held in Dublin, at the Film Base in Temple Bar, and at the Grand Hotel, Abbey Street, in Wicklow.

The work is casual and temporary, but there are 8,000 spots to fill between April and December, when filming wraps up.

Those interested can attend the open casting days, with the events page on the Vikings Extras Facebook page offering the following advice to applicants turning up to stake a claim.

They are mainly looking for adults aged 16 and over; people from all ethnic backgrounds; you do not need an appointment; you only attend one day of auditions; each person who attends will fill out an application and have a photo taken, and the process will take roughly 20 minutes; when you attend, have your measurements to hand. e.g. height, chest, dress, shoe size etc, as you’ll need them for the application form; there is no need to bring a CV or headshots, but the team will accept them if you do have them with you.

There is also a long list of specific skills and appearances they’re looking for, including fishermen, carpenters, Latin speakers, and tree surgeons.