Scandinavian directors and actors - pearls

by GManon | created - 29 Sep 2012 | updated - 30 Sep 2012 | Public

1. Stellan Skarsgård

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Stellan Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Gudrun (Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag (1968). Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where...

2. Pål Sverre Hagen

Actor | Kon-Tiki

Tall and handsome actor Pål Sverre Hagen is one of Norway's most popular and versatile actors. He is perhaps best known for his interpretation of famous Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, in the Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated film Kon-Tiki. The role won Hagen an Amanda Award for Best Actor.

Hagen ...

3. Paprika Steen

Actress | Applaus

In Okay (2002), director and actress Paprika Steen shows off her multi- faceted acting talent as the loud-mouth control-freak Nete. It is Paprika Steen's first major part for which she has already been nominated for The Best Actress Award from the European Film Academy. The actress has won the ...

4. Anders Danielsen Lie

Actor | Oslo, 31. august

Anders Danielsen Lie was born on January 1, 1979 in Oslo, Norway. He is an actor, known for Oslo, 31. august (2011), Herman (1990) and Personal Shopper (2016).

5. Ulrich Thomsen

Actor | Festen

Ulrich Thomsen graduated from The Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in 1993, after which playing on several theaters in Copenhagen, i.e. Dr. Dantes Aveny, Mungo Park and Østre Gasværks Teater. His debut on film was in Ole Bornedal's Nattevagten (1994). Since then a number of ...

6. Trine Dyrholm

Actress | Den skaldede frisør

Trine Dyrholm was born on April 15, 1972 in Odense, Denmark. She is an actress and director, known for Den skaldede frisør (2012), In a Better World (2010) and A Royal Affair (2012).

7. Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Actor | Angels & Demons

"There are those who miss being in-depth with the world," explains Nikolaj Lie Kaas in an interview with Politiken on April 29th 2001, "but for me superficiality means a lot - that's where I get my drive." This is an interesting comment from an actor, whose acting always strikes a deeply personal ...

8. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

With Sidste omgang (1993) (Last Round), his graduation short from The National Film School of Denmark, he got an early taste of critical success. He received the Jury's and Producers' Awards at the International Student Film Fest in Munich and won the 1st Prize at the Tel Aviv Film Fest. Popular ...

9. Thomas Bo Larsen

Actor | Jagten

Thomas Bo Larsen was born on November 27, 1963 in Gladsaxe, Denmark. He is an actor, known for Jagten (2012), The Celebration (1998) and Bedrag (2016).

10. Mads Mikkelsen

Actor | Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker.

Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew to ...

11. Aksel Hennie

Actor | Hodejegerne

Aksel Hennie is a Norwegian actor, writer and director. He has acted in a number of successful Norwegian movies, and has received several awards. Hennie grew up in Lambertseter in Oslo. In his late teens he was sentenced for tagging, and became an outcast in the community for confessing to the ...

12. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Actor | Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was born on July 27, 1970 in Rudkøbing, Denmark. He is an actor and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Oblivion (2013) and Gods of Egypt (2016). He has been married to Nukâka since 1998. They have two children.

13. Lars von Trier

Writer | Dancer in the Dark

Probably the most ambitious and visually distinctive filmmaker to emerge from Denmark since Carl Theodor Dreyer over 60 years earlier, Lars von Trier studied film at the Danish Film School and attracted international attention with his very first feature, The Element of Crime (1984). A highly ...

14. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Susanne Bier was born on April 15, 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is a director and writer, known for In a Better World (2010), After the Wedding (2006) and Brødre (2004). She is married to Jesper Winge Leisner. She was previously married to Philip Zandén.

15. Mikael Persbrandt

Actor | Hævnen

Mikael Persbrandt is internationally known for his starring role in the Academy Award winning foreign feature, "In A Better World," directed by Susanne Bier. His performance earned him a 2011 European Film Award nomination for Best Actor.

His interest in acting started when working as an extra in ...

16. Jesper Christensen

Actor | Spectre

Born 1948 in central Copenhagen. Lived there ever since. Did 25 years of theatre, - like Alceste in the Misanthropist, Richard in Richard lll (solo), Faust in Faust, Astrov in Vanja, a lot of worried men,- stopped doing it in 1998. Since then only worried men on film. Worked on more than 100 films ...

17. Jens Albinus

Actor | Idioterne

Jens Albinus was born on January 3, 1965 in Bogense, Denmark. He is an actor, known for Idioterne (1998), Antichrist (2009) and Dancer in the Dark (2000).

18. Shanti Roney

Actor | Vägen ut

Shanti Roney was born on November 24, 1970 in Stockholm, Sweden as Shanti Grau Roney. He is known for his work on Vägen ut (1999), Häxdansen (2008) and Beck (1997).

19. Lars Mikkelsen

Actor | Headhunter

Lars was born in Gladsaxe near Copenhagen, Denmark as the first child of Bente Christiansen, an occupational health nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a bank clerk. Lars grew up in Copenhagen, where about one and a half years after him brother Mads was born, who's also an actor now. At first the family ...