Ruby O’Leary is Gyda
Gyda is the late daughter of Ragnar and Lagertha who perished during the plague.
Gyda is the kind and gentle daughter of two famous Viking warriors in their society, who is just starting to learn the ways of the Vikings. She is first seen hunting eels with her mother, the famous shield-maiden Lagertha. Later in the series, Gyda tells her mother that she has started bleeding; Lagertha says that she is now a woman and no longer a child, but asks to cradle her onece passed away. Gyda had quickly become attached to Athelstan upon his arrival at Ragnar’s farm. Though Lagertha outwardly shows little emotion, perhaps in being strong for the afflicted community, it’s clear her heart is broken as she places Gyda’s body on a funeral pyre and burns it.
Some time later, after an extended absence from the village negotiating and waging war on behalf of King Horik, Ragnar mourns his lost daughter. While usually appearing obsessed with having sons, it’s evident that Ragnar dearly loved his departed Gyda, and is heartbroken as he sits alone in the spot where her funeral pyre burned on the shore of the fjord, speaking of her as if she were physically present.
Ruby O’Leary is an Irish actress best known for her recurring role as Gyda Ragnarsdottir, Ragnar and Lagertha’s daughter, in the period drama television series Vikings.