Top 100 Scandinavian Actorsby minalex | created - 02 Aug 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
The best actors from Sweden (56), Denmark (30), Finland (6), Norway (6) and Iceland (2).
Actor | Greed
If ever there was a Great Dane in Hollywood it was Jean Hersholt - and one of its great hearts as well. He was from a well-known Danish stage and entertainment family that had toured throughout Europe performing with young Jean as an essential cast member. He graduated from the Copenhagen Art ...
2. Gösta Ekman
Actor | Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssage
Generally spoken of as Swedish theater's most legendary stage actor, Gösta Ekman enjoyed a prolific stage career during his short life, becoming the first real star of Swedish theater. His boyish good looks attracted both sexes, helping to create a massive cult following and elevating him to the ...
5. Alf Kjellin
Actor | Ice Station Zebra
Although trained for the stage in his native Sweden, Alf Kjellin appeared in only a few stage productions before entering films. His work in Torment (1944) resulted in his being noticed by Hollywood, and he made his American film debut in 1949 under the name Christopher Kent. He soon went back to ...
Actor | Kastrullresan
Olof Winnerstrand was born on August 26, 1875 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Carl Olof Magnus Winnerstrand. He was an actor, known for Kastrullresan (1950), A Lesson in Love (1954) and Torment (1944). He was married to Frida Winnerstrand. He died on July 16, 1956 in Stockholm.
8. Stig Olin
Director | Resan till dej
A distinguished actor, director and composer in Sweden; Stig Olin made his success in many areas of the Swedish entertainment business in the 1940s and 50s. As an actor, he claimed success when he played boyish characters and naive students on film. He was the actor who eventually took the claim of...
9. John Ekman
Director | Kammarjunkaren
John Ekman was born on November 15, 1880 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He was an actor and director, known for Gentleman of the Room (1914), The Outlaw and His Wife (1918) and Flickorna på Solvik (1926). He died on November 22, 1949 in Karlstad, Värmlands län, Sweden.
15. Hasse Ekman
Being the son of actor / theatre director Gösta Ekman, it was natural for him to start a career in the movie business. He was first noticed for playing against his father in Intermezzo (1936). He also showed a talent for writing, and his first script was filmed as Blixt och dunder (1938). Producer ...
16. Anders Ek
Actor | Det sjunde inseglet
Anders Ek was born on April 7, 1916 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for The Seventh Seal (1957), Cries & Whispers (1972) and Sawdust and Tinsel (1953). He was married to Birgit Cullberg. He died on November 17, 1979 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.
Actor | Det sjunde inseglet
Being the son of an acting father, Oscar Johanson, it isn't surprising that he wanted to be an actor already as a child. However, he first worked as a baker's apprentice, in a barber shop or in the docks. After the conscription he got his first role, a bit part on the theater Lilla Teatern in ...
Actor | Støv på hjernen
Emil Hass Christensen was born on January 23, 1903 in Frederiksberg, Denmark. He was an actor, known for Støv på hjernen (1961), Tre piger fra Jylland (1957) and Højt paa en kvist (1929). He was married to Hjørdis Gunnlögsson. He died on January 12, 1982 in Denmark.
22. 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 ...
23. Nils Poppe
Actor | Det sjunde inseglet
While studying he became interested in acting and was discovered when performing in a school play.
His talent for comedic acting made him known for the public when he debuted with Pengar - en tragikomisk saga (1947), which he directed himself. He is today best remembered for his character Fabian Bom,...
24. Victor Sjöström
Actor | Smultronstället
Victor Sjöström was born on September 20, 1879, and is the undisputed father of Swedish film, ranking as one of the masters of world cinema. His influence lives on in the work of Ingmar Bergman and all those directors, both Swedish and international, influenced by his work and the works of ...
25. Bengt Ekerot
Actor | Det sjunde inseglet
Bengt Ekerot was born on February 8, 1920 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He was an actor and director, known for The Seventh Seal (1957), The Magician (1958) and The Gay Party (1946). He was married to Margareta Hallin. He died on November 26, 1971 in Stockholm.
26. Jarl Kulle
Actor | Fanny och Alexander
Hadn't it been for his school teacher, who managed to get him money for a theater education, he would probably never had become an actor. After two failed attempts at becoming a student at the Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school he succeeded at the age of 19. During these years in the beginning ...
28. Håkan Jahnberg
Actor | Den gyllene porten
Håkan Jahnberg was born on September 14, 1903 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Den gyllene porten (1968), The Silence (1963) and En flicka kommer till sta'n (1937). He was married to Berta Hall. He died on December 14, 1970 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden.
31. Bendt Rothe
Actor | Gertrud
Bendt Rothe was born on May 9, 1921 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Bendt Vincentz Christian Rothe. He was an actor, known for Gertrud (1964), Matador (1978) and Anthonsen (1984). He was married to Birte Merete Gad, Vigga Bro, Helle Høeg Houmøller and Asta Riis Poulsen. He died on December 31, 1989 in ...
33. Per Oscarsson
Actor | Sult
Per Oscarsson was born on January 28, 1927 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Per Oscar Heinrich Oscarsson. He was an actor and writer, known for Hunger (1966), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) and Sverige åt svenskarna (1980). He was married to Kia Östling and Gerd Hegnell. He died ...
34. Keve Hjelm
Director | Godnatt, jord
Keve Hjelm was born on June 23, 1922 in Gnesta, Södermanlands län, Sweden as Karl-Erik Hjelm. He was an actor and director, known for Godnatt, jord (1979), Raven's End (1963) and Roseanna (1967). He was married to Ingrid Håkansson. He died on February 3, 2004 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.
36. Thommy Berggren
Actor | Söndagsbarn
Thommy Berggren was born on August 12, 1937 in Mölndal, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Tommy William Berggren. He is an actor and writer, known for Sunday's Children (1992), Heja Roland! (1966) and Berget på månens baksida (1983). He has been married to Monika Ahlberg since 1980. They ...
37. Vilgot Sjöman
Director | Garaget
Vilgot Sjöman was born on December 2, 1924 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as David Harald Vilgot Sjöman. He was a director and writer, known for Garaget (1975), My Sister My Love (1966) and Lyckliga skitar (1970). He was married to Lotta Sjöman and Kristina Hasselgren. He died on April 9, ...
38. Sigge Fürst
Actor | Pengar - en tragikomisk saga
As a youth, Sigge Fürst wanted to be a police officer. By coincidence, he got into acting, and so began a long and successful career. He had many talents: he could play revue as well as drama, act as well as sing. He started off as a revue actor, and then moved on to play musicals, theatre, and ...
44. Erland Josephson
Actor | Offret
Erland Josephson, the distinguished Swedish actor best known for his appearance in Ingmar Bergman's films, was born in Stockholm, Sweden on June 15, 1923. Josephson's relationship with Bergman, a long-time friend, began in the late 1930s when they first worked together in the theater.
Although he ...
45. Allan Edwall
Actor | Emil och griseknoen
Allan Edwall was born in a working class home in Jämtland, Sweden in 1924. His father was a trade-union man and a communist. 1949-52 he attended Stockholm's Royal Daramatic Theatre School. Through the years he made more than 400 parts in theater, film, television and radio. He was also a director, ...
47. Björn Granath
Actor | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Björn Granath was born on April 5, 1946 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden as Björn Gösta Tryggve Granath. He was an actor, known for Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Evil (2003) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). He was married to Annmargret Fyregård. He died on February 5, ...
53. Kari Väänänen
Actor | Taivaan tulet
Kari Väänänen was born on September 17, 1953 in Ivalo, Finland as Kari Kyösti Väänänen. He is an actor and writer, known for Taivaan tulet (2007), Night on Earth (1991) and Return to Plainlands (2000). He is married to Terhi Väänänen. They have one child. He was previously married to Sanna Fransman...
Actor | Riget
One of Swedish theatre's most well known actors. Järegård is appreciated for his extrovert and at the same time controlled style of acting, of which he gladly characterized comic or morbid characters. He played the title role in 'Moliére''s "Tartuffe" as well as Orgon (The Royal Dramatic Theatre, ...
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...
57. 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 ...
59. Henning Moritzen
Actor | Festen
Henning Moritzen is a well-known Danish screen and stage actor. Born in Tårbæk near Copenhagen and with a secondary school degree from Grønnevangsskolen in Ordrup, Henning Mortizen was educated as an actor at Privatteatrenes Elevskole. Since the early 1950s he has been a stage actor with countless ...
Actor | Kyss mig
Krister Henriksson was born on November 12, 1946 in Häverö, Stockholms län, Sweden as Jan Krister Allan Henriksson. He is an actor and director, known for Kiss Me (2011), Sex hopp & kärlek (2005) and Waiting for the Tenor (1998). He has been married to Cecilia Nilsson since 1988. They have...
64. Markku Peltola
Actor | Mies vailla menneisyyttä
Markku Peltola was born on July 12, 1956 in Helsinki, Finland as Markku Juhani Peltola. He was an actor, known for The Man Without a Past (2002), V2: Dead Angel (2007) and Private Eye Vares (2004). He died on December 31, 2007 in Kangasala, Finland.
65. 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 ...
66. Börje Ahlstedt
Actor | Ronja Rövardotter
Börje Ahlstedt was born on February 21, 1939 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Nils Börje Ahlstedt. He is an actor and director, known for Ronja Robbersdaughter (1984), Fanny and Alexander (1982) and The Rabbit Man (1990). He has been married to Birgitta Hermann since 1965.
67. Peter Steen
Actor | Edderkoppen
Peter Steen was born on January 22, 1936 in Randers, Denmark. He was an actor and writer, known for Edderkoppen (2000), The Inheritance (2003) and Lenin, You Rascal, You (1972). He was married to Karen Nørregaard and Lisbet Lundquist. He died on February 7, 2013 in Bornholm, Denmark.
68. 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 ...
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 ...
73. Kåre Hedebrant
Actor | Låt den rätte komma in
Kare lives with his mother, father and sister in the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden. He attends Adolf Fredrik's School of Music, the oldest specialized elementary school in Sweden. In 2008 Kare starred in his first feature film "Let the Right One In". Before that he played the title role in a ...
74. Per Ragnar
Actor | Låt den rätte komma in
Per Ragnar was born on May 29, 1941 in Kalmar, Kalmar län, Sweden as Per-Erik Ragnar. He is an actor and director, known for Let the Right One In (2008), The Best of Intentions (2014) and Faust 2.0 (2014). He was previously married to Veronica Ragnar (née Tigerhjärta).
76. Michael Nyqvist
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. ...
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 ...
Actor | Gidseltagningen
Sebastian Bull Sarning Is born and raised in Hellerup. Submarino, was Sebastians first movie, and the first thing he ever put hands on in his carrier. He made his first movie when he was 11 years old, and now at age 23, he's a award winning producer, and a well known actor in Denmark.
85. 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 ...
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 ...
88. 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 ...
90. Kim Kold
Actor | 10 timer til Paradis
Kim Kold is a former football (soccer) goalkeeper, who in 1993 at 27 years of age suffered a serious injury in his Achilles tendon. He was sent to the gym doing rehabilitation training. He took up an interest in bodybuilding and started competing in 1997. He won the Danish National Bodybuilding ...
91. 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 ...
92. Søren Malling
Actor | Kapringen
Søren Malling was born in Denmark in 1964 and went to Odense Theatre School from 1988 - 1992.
Malling has appeared in many Danish TV successes such as Unit 1 (2000), The Killing (2007), Borgen (2010-2013). His credits include films as A Royal Affair (2012), A Hijacking (2012), A War (2015), Men & ...
Actor | En kongelig affære
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard is a young danish actor. In 2012, he won the award of Best Male Actor at the Berlinale for his appearance in the movie A Royal Affair, while still attending theatre school, Statens Teaterskole in Copenhagen. He graduated in the summer of 2012.
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard grew up in the...
94. 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 ...
Robert Gustafsson was born on December 20, 1964 in Katrineholm, Södermanlands län, Sweden as Carl Robert Olof Gustafsson. He is an actor and writer, known for The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013), Four Shades of Brown (2004) and The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out...
100. Fares Fares
Actor | Zero Dark Thirty
Began his acting career in Sweden 2000 with the movie "Jalla! Jalla!". He has been acting in both comedies as well as action movies. He has been acting in theater as well as some TV productions.
In 2012, Mr. Fares started his Hollywood career co-starring with Denzel Washington in the movie "Safe ...