David-Stakston
David Stakston | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name David Stakston
  • Occupation Actor
  • Nationality Norwegian
  • Birthplace North Carolina, USA
  • Birth Date Nov 22, 1999
  • Age 21 Years, 10 Months
Cast of 'Ragnarok'

David Stakston | Biography 2021

The Netflix series 'Ragnarok' follows the fictional story of a Norwegian town of Edda in Hordaland in Western Norway, which is troubled by climate change and the industrial pollution caused by factories owned by a local tycoon and the father of the Jutul family named Vidar, played by Gísli Örn Garðarsson. The series blends the coming-of-age drama and Norse mythology with a touch of climate change activism. At the beginning of the series, Magne, played by Stakston, was shown as a shy and gawky teenager. However, at the end of the first season, Magne and Vidar confront each other in an epic battle. When Vidar is just about to win, Magne calls up lighting and uses it to strike Vidar. Subsequently, he ends the fight and also the life of Vidar. Season 2 of the series was premiered on Netflix on 27 May 2021, with more focus on reimagining Norse mythology than its coming-of-age elements. The series was rated at the top of Netflix's TV shows chart a day after its release in the United States and reached second place in the U.K. Top TV Shows. More expectations are on from the public for the third season.


David Stakston is a Norwegian actor, best known for his role as Magne Seire in the Netflix fantasy drama series Ragnarok (2020).

Who is David Stakston?

David Stakston began his professional acting career in 2015 with the Norwegian teen drama TV series Skam (2015-2017). In 2020, he landed a leading role as Magne Seire in the Norwegian-language Netflix fantasy drama series Ragnarok.

Early Life and Education

David Stakston, originally David Alexander Sjøholt was born on 22 November 1999 in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. He grew up in Florida and Oslo in Norway.

Stakston used to watch movies, dress up and act like movie characters at a young age. Observing his interest in performing arts, his mother admitted him to a child theater. 

Recalling how he got into performing, he stated, "I really started watching movies at an early age. I remember watching the Pirates of the Caribbean. Then I immediately went out to the dress I had. Weirdly enough I had the costume. And my mother had a hat. And I went around with the sword.. Just goofing around.. And then my mother signed me up for child theater and it just got more and more serious."

Career

Stakston debuted in the Norwegian teen drama TV series Skam in 2015. After playing in Skam from 2015 to 2017, he appeared in another Norwegian TV series Ikke Din Skyld in 2018. In 2020, he landed a leading role in the Norwegian Netflix fantasy series Ragnarok. He will be starring as Jonas in the upcoming short drama titled Vill ni åka mera, and its post-production is going on.

'Skam'

The romantic drama TV series Skam that started airing in 2015 followed the adversities and everyday life of teenagers at the Hartvig Nissen Upper Secondary School in Oslo. In the series, he played the role of an awkward friend and classmate of the central cast Isak Valtersen, played by Tarjei Sandvik Moe. 

Stakston initially made guest appearances in the series but eventually played the main and recurring roles later. His role Magnus Fossbaken reprised until the final season. Stakston appeared in 19 episodes of the series. The series ran from 2015 to 2017 for four seasons and 43 episodes. Each season was told from a different person's perspective.

Skam bagged the 2016 'C21's International Drama Awards' for 'Best Digital Original' and also 2016's 'Gullruten' for 'Best Editing TV Drama' , 'Best Innovation', 'Innovation Award', and 'Best Editing TV Drama'. Nominated for the 2016 'Gullruten’s', ‘Best Director’ category, the series pocketed 2017's 'Gullruten' for 'Best Director' and additionally won 'Best Writing', 'Best Writing TV Drama' and 'Best Director TV Drama'. It also won the 2016 'Golden Screen’, Norway for 'Best TV Drama', 'Best New Series', 'Best Innovation', and 'Best Editing'. Alongside, the series got nominated for 2016 and 2017 'Golden Screen', Norway for 'Peoples Choice Award' and 'Best TV Drama' respectively. The show holds 16 wins and 15 nominations in total.

'Ragnarok'

Stakston landed a breakthrough role as the main character of the Norwegian-language Netflix fantasy drama series Ragnarok in 2020. He played the role of Magne Seier, a reincarnation of a hammer-wielding God associated with lightning, thunder, and storms called Thor. 

Filmed in Odda in Western Norway, the series follows the fictional story of a Norwegian town of Edda in Hordaland in Western Norway, which is troubled by climate change and the industrial pollution caused by factories owned by a local tycoon and the father of the Jutul family named Vidar, played by Gísli Örn Garðarsson. The series blends the coming-of-age drama and Norse mythology with a touch of climate change activism. 

The first season of Ragnarok displayed brothers Magne played by David Stakston and Laurits, played by Jonas Strand Gravli as they returned to their hometown of Edda, a fantasy town in Norway, with their mother Turid, played by Henriette Steenstrup. At the beginning of the series, Magne was shown as a shy and gawky teenager. However, at the end of the first season, Magne and Vidar confront each other in an epic battle. When Vidar is just about to win, Magne calls up lighting and uses it to strike Vidar. Subsequently, he ends the fight and also the life of Vidar.

Other cast members of the series includes Jonas Strand Gravli, Herman Tømmeraas, Theresa Frostad Eggesbø, Emma Bones, Henriette Steenstrup, and Synnøve Macody Lund among others. Gravli played Laurits as Magne Seier's half-brother and the reincarnation of god Loki, Tømmeraas and Eggesbø played Fjor and Saxa, as high-school-aged children of the Jutul family, Bones played Gry as Fjor's love interest, Steenstrup played Truid Seier as a mother of Magne and Laurits. Lund played Ran as principal of the high school and mother of the Jutul family.

Ragnarok is a Netflix original series and the third Norwegian series released on the OTT platform. Produced by the Danish production company SAM Productions, the series premiered on 31 January 2020.

In the making of the Ragnarok video, which was released on YouTube in February 2020, Stakston hoped the series would be well-received since the series tries to give an important message related to climate, which many people can relate to it. As per his expectation, the series also turned out well, and the series was renewed for the second season. 

'Ragnarok' Season 2

In March 2020, Netflix announced that Ragnarok had been renewed for the second season, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the production. Later, the production of season 2 began in September 2020.

Focusing more on reimagining Norse mythology than its coming-of-age elements, the second season's trailer was released on 10 May 2021. Season 2 of the series premiered on Netflix on 27 May 2021. 

The series' focus in the second season shifts away from its coming-of-age components and towards the recreation of Norse mythology. Ragnarok was shot amid picturesque Norwegian scenery.

Magne (David Stakston) fought to accept his fate as a resurrected Thor in Season 2 of Netflix's Ragnarok. He knew he had to kill the Jutul family's giants masquerading as humans, but he was terrified after killing their patriarch, Vidar. It left him psychologically damaged, but PTSD aside, he was also hurt because Vidar was Laurits/Loki's father. However, in the climax, Magne understood that he must go past his half-brother’s affection and utilize Mjolnir to stop the Jutul threat from destroying Edda, Norway, and, eventually, the entire world. As the giants examine their blunder, Season 2 of Netflix's Ragnarok concludes on a frightening note that threatens to destroy Magne and Laurits' love forever. 

The series peaked at the top of Netflix's TV shows chart a day after its release in the United States and reached second place in the U.K. Top TV Shows. The series also received rave reviews on social media, and the fans have already been asking for the third season.

‘Ragnarok’ Season 3

With Magna and Saxa having a sexual encounter in season 2, it appears that Thor and Járnsaxa's romance would now be taking place in modern times, which further suggests that the consequence of their relationship could be revealed in Season 3. It's probable that in Ragnarok season 3, it'll be discovered that Saxa is pregnant with Magne's child, making him a half-god, half-giant. Magne, who had just turned 18, would be confronted with a life-changing event as a result of this. This would inevitably affect his connections with his family and the gods with whom he's now associated in the series The forthcoming season might also question what Ran (Synnve Macody Lund) and Fjor (Herman Tmmeraas) will make of it, given that Magne is their biggest foe.

Additionally, Saxa's pregnancy would have major ramifications for both her and Magne's stories in season 3. It's unclear what their relationship will be like along the plotline that would be put forward because based on the plot, there's still plenty of animosity between them in Ragnarok. Magni's conception would also impede whatever the program is heading toward with Magne and his season 2 love interest, Signy (Bilie Barker).

Furthermore, Season 3 might reveal Saxa's real intentions. the rise of Loki, all-out war, and complicated romances.

‘Gullruten’

Stakston was a presenter at the 2017 Gullruten, the 20th yearly award show for Norwegian Television. This TV special was filmed in Grieghallen, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway. 

Other appearances

Stakston also appeared in a Norwegian TV series, Overgrep, a children's drama series about sexual assault and boundaries.

Upcoming project

Stakston’s upcoming short-drama, Vill ni aka mera which is currently in post-production as of June 2021 features him as Jonas. Directed and written by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken and Benjamin Helstad and produced by FilmBros, few other cast members of the post-production project include Dennis Storhøi, Anastasios Soulis, and Jakob Fort.

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