Birthdate : September 23, 1982
Birthplace : Alyssa Sutherland
Alyssa Sutherland is a successful Australian model-turned-actor, making her first major impact as Queen Aslaug in the History Channel’s series, Vikings (2013-2020). Sutherland broke in as a high-in-demand international model in 1997, working for major brands including Bulgari, Garnier, Chanel, and Calvin Klein, and collaborating with such major fashion photographers as Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, and Ellen von Unwerth.
Sutherland’s film debut was in a supporting role in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, and Stanley Tucci, and grossing a strong $326.7 million worldwide, ten times costs, for distributor 20th Century Fox. Alyssa Sutherland’s first significant role was in writer-director Jay Anania’s New York City ensemble drama, The Day on Fire (2006), with Olympia Dukakis, Carmen Chaplin, and Martin Donovan, followed by a supporting role in Don’t Look Up (2009), director Fruit Chan’s English-language (and Romanian) remake of Hideo Nakata’s 1996’s horror movie, Ghost Actress, with Reshad Strik, Henry Thomas, Kevin Corrigan, Eli Roth, and Lothaire Bluteau.
A smaller role was nabbed by Sutherland in writer-director Nicholas Jarecki’s crime drama, Arbitrage (2012), starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, and Tim Roth, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and earning three times costs with a $35.5 million worldwide gross.
Sutherland earned a co-starring role in her next theatrical feature, The Mental State (2022), from co-writer and director James Camali, with Jance Enslin and Carly Pope, and then was cast in another co-starring role in writer-director Lee Cronin’s reboot of the Evil Dead franchise, Evil Dead Rise (2023), with Lily Sullivan and Morgan Davies, and released by Warner Bros. after premiering at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
Alyssa Sutherland was born and raised in Brisbane, in the Queensland province of Australia. Sutherland attended and graduated from Brisbane-based Craigslea State High School. Sutherland married director-writer-producer Laurence Shanet in 2012 and then divorced in 2013. Sutherland’s height is 5’ 10 ¾ ”.
Model Life: After retiring from modeling, Alyssa Sutherland has commented that she contributed to the fashion industry’s “unrealistic standards” of beauty, as well as criticizing fashion’s harmful size requirements.