Peter Franzén has played the role of King Harald in Vikings since the show’s fourth season in 2017. Throughout the series, Harald has been unlucky in love, after his wife Astrid (played by Josefin Asplund) was killed by Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) in season four. Is Franzén married in real life? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Is Peter Franzén married?
Unfortunately, there is bittersweet news for fans of Finnish actor Peter Franzén.
Franzén has been married more over a decade to Irina Björklund.
The pair tied the knot in 1996 and moved to Los Angeles in 1999. In 2007, Björklund gave birth to their son and in 2013 they moved to France.
Franzén and Björklund have managed to keep their relationship out of the spotlight, so very little is known about their life together.
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Who is Irina Björklund?
Irina Björklund is a Finnish actress and singer, who was born in Danderyd, Stockholm County, Sweden.
She has been a professional actress and singer since 1994, after studying at the Theatre Academy of Finland from 1993 until 1996.
Her well-known acting credits include Milla in the film, Minä ja Morrison [Me and Morrison]. For her performance as Milla, she won the Jussi Award for Best Leading Actress in 1999.
In Minä ja Morrison, she starred alongside Samuli Edelmann and Eva Röse.
Björklund is also well known for her singing career and in 2011, she released her first album in French titled Chanson d’automne. In 2014, she released her second French-language album, La vie est une fête and in 2015, she released Ce soir tout peut arriver.
Franzén will reprise his role as King Harald in part two of Vikings season six.
However, just how long he will feature in the remaining 10 episodes is unknown for now, after his character was severely injured in the season six, part one finale in a battle with the Rus Vikings.
Speaking to TV Line earlier this year, Vikings show creator Michael Hirst said: “Well, I think perhaps one of the unexpected things about that episode, the last episode of 6A, was how definitive it seemed to be that this is a wipeout for the Vikings that we’ve never really seen.
“And you know, we’ve seen the power of the Rus. I mean, those extraordinary scenes in episode nine when we see the Rus army marching out and we realized just how formidable and huge that army is.
“And so it’s not a surprise that the Vikings can’t hold them. And yes, a lot of people, a lot of Vikings are killed.
“And Harald and Bjorn [Alexander Ludwig] are certainly extremely seriously, seriously wounded and likely to die.
“But what happens after that is saved for [Episode 11].”
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