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Overview (1)

Born in Norway

Mini Bio (1)

Per Christian Ellefsen started his impressive stage career at Sogn og Fjordane's Theatre at the age of 23. In 1980 he became an employee of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo's New Theatre) where he soon met friend and colleague Sven Nordin. Through the 1980s Nordin drifted into success in television while Ellefsen remained a respected stage actor, well known to the theater-going public, but far from a household name.

Ellefsen proved himself to be a cheerful comic actor in comedies and musicals, turning in some memorable performances in children and family plays such as the title role in Oslo Nye Teater's 1988 version of "Karlsson på taket", based on Astrid Lindgren's popular childrens book. His portrayal of Karlsson was hysterically funny sending kids and adults alike screaming with laughter.

Despite rave reviews on stage, some supporting roles in TV and films, it wasn't until 1999's Absolutt blåmandag (1999) he made a mark for himself on the big screen, with a scene-stealing supporting role as an accident-prone hairdresser in one of that years most popular Norwegian movies.

In 2000 success on the small screen followed, as the retarted 'Trosten' in the popular drama-series Soria Moria (2000). Then, to finally seal his fate as one of Norway's best loved actors, the same year he co-starred with his old friend Sven Nordin on stage in "Brødre i blodet" (Brothers in Blood), playing the mentally handicapped Elling opposite Nordin's somewhat dim-witted oaf Kjell Bjarne. The show was based on a successful series of books by Ingvar Ambjørnsen, and the huge stage success made the public cry out for a Elling/Kjell-Bjarne-movie.

The movie-version, titled Elling (2001), premiered in 2001 with Ellefsen and Nordin re-creating their roles for the big screen. "Elling" quickly turned into a wide-spread phenomenon! Seen by 800,000 Norwegian moviegoers (in a country with just 4.2 million people) it also became the most successful Norwegian film in neighbouring Sweden and Denmark ever!

As if this wasn't enough, the charming audience-pleaser "Elling" in 2002 received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, sending Ellefsen, co-star Sven Nordin, director Petter Næss and producer Dag Alveberg on a (in Norway) highly publicized trip to Hollywood celebrating the movies success. Per Christian Ellefsen had finally hit the big time, not only becoming a household name in Norway but also one of it's most recognizable and loved actors.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mike Patton <film@start.no>

Trivia (2)

Didn't become a household name in Norway until the title role of "Elling" (2001), despite being one of Norway's leading stage actors for more than 20 years.
Was approached to play Jack Nicholson's butler in "Something's Gotta Give" (2003) but when the shoot was postponed he had to step down due to commitments at Norway's National Theatre.

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