"If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal and if they can't stop you, you become something else entirely - legend." - Henri Ducard
Warrior. Siren. Archer. Woman. Knight.
Welcome to the official website of Virginia Hankins, the redheaded living legend famous for her extraordinary life and adventures as a modern day lady knight inspiring the spirit of imagination and adventure in all that she meets.
Virginia Hankins is descended from the ancient Celtic rulers, several European knights, an elusive American Civil War cavalry commander, and the legendary Lady Godiva herself. One of only a few handful of professional stunt women and female knights in the world, Virginia Hankins is proud to continue carrying the banner of women warriors in to the present day.
A passionate horseback rider who has been working with and training horses her entire life, her training and skills include both mounted and dismounted weapons, archery, crossbow, swords, quarterstaff, handguns, rifles, and many more.
Equally skilled under water, Virginia Hankins is the founder of the women-led Hollywood underwater stunt team and revolutionary live action entertainment company Sheroes Entertainment, LLC and its subsidiary LA Mermaid School.
Far from the typical Hollywood actress, Virginia Hankins carries an impressive dual major in engineering from the University of Southern California and has a hearty sense of civic duty that includes serving on scholarship committees, donating her time to the local Sheriff's Department as a Search and Rescue SCUBA Diver, and mentoring young women on the importance of accountability and stewardship in their communities.
As a Congressional Medal of Merit recipient, a third generation Girl Scout, and Girl Scout Gold Award Virginia Hankins has been featured in national women's spotlight programming, female entrepreneur news specials, and is devoted to helping youth to achieve their dreams.
Some of Virginia Hankins' most well known performance appearances include portraying Joan of Arc on Spike TV's hit show Deadliest Warrior Season 3, being the first mermaid in the history of Château de Fontainebleau, a castle of the kings of France, representing L'Oreal La Mer's brand as their 50th Anniversary underwater actress, appearing at Paris Fashion Week, and being the first female knight in the 50 year history of the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire. She is also the author of the book Be a Real-Life Mermaid, available online.
Virginia Hankins is based in Los Angeles, California and is available for film, commercial, live action, print, and coaching opportunities as an underwater stunt coordinator, model, actress, and archery expert.
New private archery and water work students are currently being accepted.
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Gracious thanks are extended to Brenda Stumpf for her photography and to Mike Gould, armorer.