Gwenda is a young German immigrant peasant girl, with no mother and an abusive father – Joby - who forces her to steal for him. She is fond of her brother Holger and a dear friend to Caris. Gwenda is sold to the outlaw Sim Chapman by her father in exchange for a cow. She learns self-defence, is strong, and willing to kill if her life is in jeopardy. She uses her wits to better her situation and escape danger. Gwenda loves Wulfric.
Played by: Nora von Waldstaetten
Austrian born Nora von Waldstätten began acting in television and film while she was a student at the Berlin Arts University, where she graduated in 2007. She started her career in films such as Jargo by Maria Solrun, Falscher Bekenner by Christoph Hochhausler, The Countess by Julie Delpy, Schwerkraft by Maximilian Erlenwein. She also appeared in Tangerine by Irene von Alberti and gained international attention with a leading part in the French-German biopic Carlos by Oliver Assayas.
Additonally, she has appeared in serveral theatre plays at the Deutsche Theater Berlin and Schauspiel Köln.
She won the Bunte Magazine "New Faces" award for best young German actress in 2009, and received the Max Ophuls Prize for "Most Promising Actress" in 2010.