Hafthor Bjornsson is an Icelandic strongman, former basketball player, and actor. He started his career as a basketball player in 2004 till 2006. He had played with Division I team Breiðablik and later moved to FSu in 2005. Following that, he transferred to Premier League side KR in 2006 where he played despite his ankle injury which led to having a serious surgery. However, he returned to FSu in 2007 after recovery and missed several seasons in 2007-08 which forced him to take retire.
Following his retirement, he was inspired to take part in strongman contests in Iceland having a great physique and tall height. He further became the first person to have won the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man, and World’s Strongest Man in the same year 2018. Apart from that, he gained international fame from his role Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the HBO series Game of Thrones for five seasons.
Caption: The Strongman, Hafthor Bjornsson.
Hafthor Bjornsson: Bio, Family, Career
The Strongman was born on 26 November 1988Reykjavík, Iceland, under the zodiac sign, Sagittarius. He is the son of his parents Björn and Ragnheiður who both stand to very tall stature. Further, he grew up with her sister named Hafdís Lind Björnsdóttir. He has a nationality of Icelandic and belongs to unknown ethnicity.
He initially started to play basketball player along with his senior team in Division I club Breiðablik in 2004 positioned as a center. However, he was forced to stop his basketball career a broken bone in his ankle. Though he had successful ankle surgery, it was troublesome to play basketball, so he retired from the gameplay at the age of 20. After that, he joined strongman competitions after he was inspired by Icelandic strongman Magnús Ver Magnússon at his gym Jakaból in 2008.
He won several Strongman titles in Iceland including the 2011 Strongest Man in Iceland. Furthermore, he joined World’s Strongest Man after getting a wild card invitation to the 2011 contest. For the title, he has participated in several years starting the year 1996 and finally won the title in 2018 World’s Strongest Man. In the same year, he also broke the Elephant Bar deadlift world record with a successful 472 kg and being champion of the Arnold Strongman Classic 2018.
Apart from his athletic career, he also tried out his hands in acting. He gained huge fame from his role Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane for the fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones in August 2013. He has also appeared in a handful of acting projects including the role of Mongkut in the 2017 film Kickboxer: Retaliation. Hafthor has created a self-titled YouTube channel on 16 December 2013 with 581k subscribers and over 65 million views.
Hafthor Bjornsson: Personal Life & Wife
Talking about his dating history, he had been in a quite few relationships previously in which two of her ex-girlfriends had made accusations of domestic violence against him. Further, his former fiancés have made serious accusations of physical and emotional violence at the hands of Hafþór. But he had denied all the charges. He has a daughter from his former girlfriend Thelma Björk Steimann from two years relationship.
After that, he was in a relationship with Andrea Sif Jónsdóttir with whom he broke up in 2016. Furthermore, he had been dating a Canadian waitress, Kelsey Henson since late 2017. In 2018, he had married his longtime girlfriend and announced their marriage through his Instagram page. On 26 September 2020, the duo greeted their first child together, a baby boy named Stormur Magni Hafþórsson.
Caption: Hafthor Bjornsson and wife Kelsey Henson with their baby.
Hafthor Bjornsson: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
He has been earning a hefty amount from his involvement in several sources like acting and strongman competitions. He has been also sponsored by many brands and appeared in television advertisements too. Therefore, he has an estimated net worth of above $2 million from his different career endeavors.
He is highly active over different social media platforms with verified accounts. On Instagram, he has an account @thorbjornsson with 3.8 million followers. He has a Twitter account @ThorBjornsson_ with 88.9k followers. Also, he goes by the verified Facebook account under his name with 1 million followers.
Hafthor Bjornsson: Body Measurements
As a strongman, he has a tall, muscular, and strong body made by strict workouts and diet plans. His body stands to a height of 6 feet 9 inches or 2.06 meters and weighs around 170kg. Further, his body has measurements of 20 inches arm size, 46 inches waist size, and 60 inches chest size respectively. He has brown hair color with black eyes color. Additionally, his body is also covered with heavily inked.