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Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick (born Katerena Anna Vinitska, December 17, 1977) is a Ukrainian-Canadian film and television actress best known for her roles in Amusement (2008), TV series Bones (2010), A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2012) and Vikings (2013). In 2013 she appeared in the comedy film The Art of the Steal with Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon. Winnick was born in Etobicoke, Ontario and is of Ukrainian descent. She spoke Ukrainian as her first language and did not begin speaking English until she was age 8. Winnick began training in martial arts at age 7 and obtained her first black belt at 13. By age 21, she had started three martial arts schools.

Winnick has appeared in many films including Fisher Stevens' Stand Up Guys, Tom Dey's Failure to Launch, Ed Zwick's Love and Other Drugs and Robert Luketic's Killers. She has also guest starred in numerous television shows, most notably House M.D. ("One Day, One Room"), The Glades, Bones, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, CSI, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Criminal

Minds and Nikita. In her role on the Fox drama Bones, she portrays Hannah Burley, a war correspondent who had been posted to cover the War in Afghanistan and eventually becomes a love interest for main characterSeeley Booth.

Recently Katheryn Winnick stars in The History Channel's breakout cable TV series Vikings, now in its second season. Her role as Lagertha garnered her a nomination in the "Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress" category at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. On the big screen Winnick most recently starred opposite Charlie Sheen in A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III; was featured alongside Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin in Stand Up Guys; and played opposite Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon in the heist comedy The Art of the Steal. Other career highlights include Ed Zwick's Love and Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway; the action comedy Killers (in which she performed all her own stunts) with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl; and had a much-talked-about recurring role as David Boreanaz's love interest in the prime-time network TV series Bones. In 2009, she appeared with Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson, and David Straitharn in Cold Souls, which earned her a nod for "Best Ensemble Cast" at the Independent Spirit Awards.

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Elena Caruso

Elena Caruso was born in the idyllic Russian city of Samara to a rocket engineer father and banker mother. Located on the Volga River and home to the Soviet space program, Samara is referred to as "Rocket City" by the Russian population.

In Samara, Elena attended a private English language school and completed eight years of violin classes. Later, she studied at the University of Torino, Italy and traveled across Europe. After completing a dual master's degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Samara, Elena re-located to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in the performing arts.

Besides film and television, Elena has appeared in numerous commercials (Target, Svedka Vodka, Sony, Net 10), infomercials (AB Lounge, Luminess Air, Power Platform),and magazines (Runner's World, Marie Clair, Tune Up Master, In Style). Her fimography includes such films as: Young Again (Milla)2014, Caravaggio and my mother (Pope Alexander VI's mistress)2013, Shadows (Kate) 2013, Paper (Model) 2013, Jessie (Witch #2) 2011, Law & Order: Special

Victims Unit (Travel agent)2011, Prime Suspect (Pross #2) 2010, Black Limousine (Jill) 2010, CSI: NY (Vampire) 2009, Just in Case (Bus Passenger 1) 2009, The Soloist (Ballerina) 2008, The Dark Path Chronicles (Enid) 2008, First Night (Woman) 2008, Chicano Blood (Joanna Sabeva Desikova) 2008, Monk (Entering Customer) 2008, Cloverfield (Party Goer) 2007, Moonlight (Courtesan) 2007, Viva Laughlin (Casino Dancer) 2007, Days of Our Lives (Russian Vixen) 2007, Sex and Death 101 (Death) 2007, Live Free or Die Hard (Newscaster) 2006, Identity (Linguist) 2006, Look Away: A Tale from Salem (Elizabeth Proctor, US) 2006, Friendly Fire (Video) 2006, Creepshow III (Party Person) 2001, Second Coming (Russian Spy) 2001.

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