Travis Fimmel has been announced as the 2017 Actor of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year awards in Sydney, in association with Qantas.
The farm-raised Victorian secured a flight to Ireland - and the biggest role of his career, as stoic Scandi-warrior Ragnar Lothbrok in Vikings - by having a friend film an audition tape in a farm kitchen.
The hit TV series is treasured by critics for arresting cinematography, purist character arcs and a refreshing absence of gratuitous T&A. Not surprisingly, it is coming into its fifth season. But for all of the acclaim, Fimmel remains humble and seems to be driven by a desire to go unnoticed.
The former underwear model-turned-actor is one of the shyest, most un-actorly actors and prefers to live his life out of the spotlight, on his ranch just outside of LA. This natural stillness and reticence has morphed Fimmel into a beacon of Brando-esque broodiness onscreen, and is seen in his Vikings character as Fimmel conveys intensity and internal conflict through his highly expressive eyes. He lets his expressions and gestures say it all, which explains why Vikings is so much Fimmel's show and why Fimmel is our GQ actor of the year.