On a show that is known for ultra-violent gladiator battles, the women of Spartacus television series do not take a backseat to their male counterparts. Set in approximately 72 – 71 BC, women, like the men, are unhindered by Christian puritanical values and will scheme, betray, maim, slaughter, seduce or all of the above in their pursuit of power, wealth, societal status, freedom, love and vengeance. Unlike passive female characters on other television series, the women of Spartacus are the living embodiment of deception, sexual depravity, courage and tenacity.
For those that have never watched Spartacus, the character descriptions below, some of which intentionally sound like cheesy personal ads, are light on major spoilers, if any at all. However, the Best Kills section will contain spoilers but can only be viewed by hovering over it with your mouse. Caution: Some images may be too hot and provocative for you. Can you handle the hotness of Spartacus’ women? Find out below.
Katrina Law as Mira
A slave in the House of Batiatus who becomes Spartacus’ closest confidant. We first meet Mira when she is sent to Spartacus’ quarters with instructions to seduce him; failure in her task will result in punishment by death. Mira is played by New Jersey born actress Katrina Law, known for TV series such as The Resistance and featured in IGN’s Babeology. Law’s favorite body part on a man are strong muscular hands: “I like when you can tell that a man works out or plays hard. It gives him a bit of a rough edge.”
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Viva Bianca as Ilithyia
Spoiled, devious and ambitious are just a few words to describe Ilithyia, the wife of a high-ranking Roman official who enslaves Spartacus. If she is not actively plotting an adversary’s demise it is only because she is using them to climb the social hierarchy. Like most high-born Romans, Ilithyia is very hygienic and is often seen bathing alone or with her husband, friends, and servants alike. Ilithyia is played by Australian actress Viva Bianca. In an interview, Bianca revealed “I had no idea that she would emerge as the villain … As you might recall she began as this bratty princess on the show, but the part just kept growing and twisting and unraveling”.
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Lucy Lawless as Lucretia
Lucretia has proven to be a master manipulator and supportive wife to Quintus Batiatus, owner of a gladiator training school. Her primary motivation is to help her husband ascend the social ranks and to accrue wealth as Domina of the House of Batiatus. She is known to satiate her most carnal desires by exploring intimate relations with woman and secret liaisons with her gladiator sex slave. Actress Lucy Lawless is best known for her iconic role as Xena: Warrior Princess and later in Battlestar Galactica (2005- 2009). Lawless is an environmental activist and was arrested in June 2012 for protesting aboard an oil-drilling ship in her native country of New Zealand.
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Lesley-Ann Brandt and Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Naevia
Born into slavery, Naevia is Lucretia’s personal handmaiden. Lucretia generally treats Naevia with respect and is very protective of her slave’s virginity. Things get complicated when Naevia develops feelings for a gladiator; the same gladiator that is having an affair with her Domina. Naevia is played by South African actress Lesley-Ann Brandt. When Brandt decided not to renew her contract in order to explore other acting opportunities, she was replaced by Cynthia Addai-Robinson. According to IGN biography, Robinson was born in London and studied at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
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Ellen Hollman as Saxa
Rescued from a slave ship in Neapolis, Saxa originally hails from east of the Royne River, in the area now known as Germany. Saxa is an athletic, battle-tested warrior and is proficient with the reversed double daggers. Her spare time is often spent wrestling and drinking with her fellow country men. Saxa is played by Michigan state native Ellen Hollman who has appeared on TV shows such as Medium, Criminal Minds and Weeds. In an interview, Hollman revealed her Hollywood crush is Mike Rowe from the show “Dirty Jobs”: “Oh, my God. He’s my biggest crush. I would climb through a sewer for him. I’d do anything for that man.”
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Anna Hutchison as Laeta
Laeta is a new addition to the cast in the forthcoming Spartacus: War of the Damned series. According to a blurb from a press release, Laeta is a wife of a Roman dignitary who becomes entangled in the struggle against Spartacus. Tapped for the role is New Zealand actress Anna Hutchison, co-star of the horror flick ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ and TV series ‘Power Rangers Jungle Fury’. You can read my spoiler free movie review of The Cabin In the Woods: ‘Subverting the horror movie tropes in the world we live in’ by clicking here.
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Keep On Watching
If you’re interested in catching up on this series, start with Spartacus: Blood and Sand. It takes a few episodes for the story to get going, but if you stick with it you’ll be hooked. After that, watch the prequel Spartacus: Gods of the Arena followed by Spartacus: Vengeance. The final installment of the series is Spartacus: War of the Damned began airing in January 2013 on Starz TV. Read my in-depth Spartacus: Vengeance episode recaps and reviews here.
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