“Knowing that Leif is a real person I was, I suppose,
opening spiritually to his essence. He's greatly
admired by many people, but at the end of the
day, kind of stripping a lot of that away and
realising he's just a guy trying to find out who
he is. In that week, I tried to open myself to
anything that wanted to come through, and
how I might be able to honour this character.”

When I join a Zoom call with actor Sam Corlett,
it’s hard to believe that the mild-mannered
person on the other side of the screen is
the same one I watched embark on epic
journeys and fight heroic battles in Netflix’s
new Vikings: Valhalla series – but I suppose
that’s what makes a fine actor. The show
begins with his character, Leif Eriksson (who
is based on the real-life Icelandic explorer)
arriving at Kattegat from his native Greenland
to seek revenge on the English who had
exterminated the Vikings from their land.
As conflict and hardship ensue, it’s evident
that Eriksson is a warrior, but he also has a
gentleness about him that, as I can now see,
clearly stems from Corlett’s own persona.

Covering our Spring 2022 issue, Sam Corlett
spoke to Catherine Santino about bracing
himself for fame, honouring his character
and the demanding process of becoming
an on-screen warrior.

Sam Corlett 
Photography by Isabella Elordi
Fashion by Thomas Townsend
Words by Catherine Santino
Editorial Director Huw Gwyther
Art Director Jeffrey Thomson
Fashion assistant Tane Andrews
Assistant designer Lily Pichon Flannery
Special thanks to Narrative PR

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Sam Corlett from Vikings Valhalla, in WONDERLAND SPRING 2022 ISSUE