Best Scandinavian actors

by ShikiPA | created - 11 Nov 2015 | updated - 04 Feb 2018 | Public

This is the list of my favourite actors from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. I watched at least two or more movies from each actor from the list. Actors from Finland are not included in my list because I haven't got a chance to watch their movies yet.

1. 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 ...

2. Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Actor | Kvinden i buret

"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 ...

Best movies: I Kina spiser de hunde, Kvinden i buret, De grønne slagtere.

3. 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 Nightwatch (1994). Since then a number of ...

Best movies: Festen, Adams æbler, Blinkende lygter.

4. Kim Bodnia

Actor | Pusher

Kim Bodnia is a Danish actor, who was born in Copenhagen in 1965. His ancestry is from Poland and Russia.

Kim Bodnia is educated as an actor at the Copenhagen Theatre school (1988-1991). After an amazing theatre career as an actor and creator of new Danish theatre in Copenhagen, he had his ...

Best movies: Pusher, I Kina spiser de hunde, Nattevagten, Bleeder.

5. Michael Nyqvist

Actor | Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist in Stockholm, Sweden, it wasn't until he was over a year old when he was finally adopted from the orphanage he had been given to. His father was a lawyer and his mother a writer. It wasn't until he had his first child that he decided to seek out his biological parents. ...

Best movies: Män som hatar kvinnor, Flickan som lekte med elden, Luftslottet som sprängdes.

6. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Actor | Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (born 27 July 1970) is a Danish actor, producer and screenwriter. He graduated from the Danish National School of Theatre in Copenhagen in 1993. Coster-Waldau's breakthrough performance in Denmark was his role in the film Nightwatch (1994). Since then he has appeared in ...

7. 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...

8. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...

9. Pilou Asbæk

Actor | Ghost in the Shell

Pilou Asbæk graduated from The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2008. In the same year, he played the leading role in Niels Arden Oplev's drama Worlds Apart. In 2010 he had his breakthrough as the inmate Rune in Lindholm & Noer's prison drama R for which he won the price for Best actor ...

10. 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 ...

11. Gustaf Skarsgård

Actor | Vikings

Gustaf Skarsgård was born on November 12, 1980 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Gustaf Caspar Orm Skarsgård. He is an actor and director, known for Vikings (2013), Westworld (2016) and The Way Back (2010).

12. Søren Pilmark

Actor | Blinkende lygter

Søren Pilmark was born on October 16, 1955 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Søren Louis Pilmark. He is an actor and writer, known for Flickering Lights (2000), Downsizing (2017) and King's Game (2004).

13. Thomas Bo Larsen

Actor | Jagten

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

14. Pål Sverre Hagen

Actor | Kon-Tiki

Pål Sverre Hagen is a Norwegian screen and stage actor. After graduating from the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo in 2003 he has played major roles in both Scandinavian and International films, for which he has received several awards and accolades. He is perhaps best known for his roles in ...

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. Nicolas Bro

Actor | Adams æbler

Nicolas Bro was born on March 16, 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is an actor and assistant director, known for Adam's Apples (2005), Bron/Broen (2011) and King's Game (2004).

17. Peter Stormare

Actor | Fargo

Peter Stormare was born in Arbrå, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, to Gunhild (Holm) and Karl Ingvar Storm. He began his acting career at the Royal National Theatre of Sweden, performing for eleven years. In 1990 he became the Associate Artistic Director at the Tokyo Globe Theatre and directed productions ...

18. Alexander Skarsgård

Actor | True Blood

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden and is the eldest son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård. Among his siblings are actors Gustaf Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, and Valter Skarsgård. For most of his formative years, his father was an acclaimed actor in Europe but had not yet ...

19. Kristofer Hivju

Actor | Game of Thrones

A second-generation Norwegian actor, Kristofer Hivju was born on 7 December, 1978 in Oslo. He is the son of actors Lieselotte Holmene and Erik Hivju, a prominent character actor who appeared with his son in the short film Flax, where Kristofer shared screenwriting credit with director Bård Ivar ...

20. Joel Kinnaman

Actor | RoboCop

Charles Joel Nordström, known professionally as Joel Kinnaman, is a Swedish actor. He is best known for playing the lead role in the Swedish film Easy Money a role that earned him a Guldbagge Award in the "Best Actor" category - and for his role as Frank Wagner in the Johan Falk film series. He ...

21. Peter Andersson

Actor | Män som hatar kvinnor

Peter Andersson was born on February 12, 1953 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Ulf Harry Peter Andersson. He is an actor, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) and Underworld: Blood Wars (2016).

22. David Dencik

Actor | McMafia

David Dencik was born on October 31, 1974 in Sweden as Karl David Sebastian Dencik. He is an actor, known for McMafia (2018), Top of the Lake (2013) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).

23. 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 ...

24. Rolf Lassgård

Actor | En man som heter Ove

He started acting school in Malmö and went from there to the Skånska Teatern in Landskrona, performing in plays by Shakespeare or Brecht. He made a breakthrough as Puck in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer's Night Dream'. He also met his wife Birgitta there. The 1990s meant a lot of work in front ...

25. Thure Lindhardt

Actor | Bron/Broen

Thure Frank Lindhardt was born 24 December 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark. At 12, he was cast as the role of the mailman in Negerkys og labre larver (1987), and later that year, he acted as a classmate in Bille August's film Pelle the Conqueror (1987), which, in 1988, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes ...

26. 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 ...

27. Jakob Oftebro

Actor | Kon-Tiki

Jakob Oftebro (Born 1986, Oslo, Norway) is a charismatic Scandinavian Actor.

Oftebro started his education in acting at the reputable Norwegian Academy of Performing Arts in 2008. While studying, he also played a small role in Max Manus: Man of War (2008). He later worked with the same directors of ...



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