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Wanted: 5,000 long-haired lumberjacks

The producers of The Vikings have put out the war cry for 5,000 extras in the second series.

The good news for anyone hoping to take part in the Irish-filmed series is that the casting call is not restricted to thespians.

Producers are looking for a variety of individuals, from lumberjacks and farmers to sailors and midwives to make up the thousands required.

"We are looking for people with the following skills," the casting call says: "Fishermen, rowers, axe men, lumberjacks, nurses and midwives."

Norsemen are known for their luscious locks, so the production team wants "males with naturally coloured long and short hair, punk hairstyles, beards trimmed and long".

The series producers are also looking for "amputees and strong sporty types".


Auditions will take place in Filmbase, Curved Street in Temple Bar on June 5 and 6.

The Vikings has been a smash hit Stateside, with 8.3m viewers tuning into the opening episode.

The first series also received rave reviews.

The Washington Post described it as an "adroit and elegant surprise", while USA Today was pleased the series had "plenty of stabbings, sailings and sexual escapades".

As a result, the second series has been extended from nine episodes to 10.

Filming starts in Ashford Studios at the end of June.

However, there is still no transmission date for when the show might air on Irish screens.

For more information on how to become an extra, email vikingextras@gmail.com