Top 100 Scandinavian Actressesby minalex | created - 19 Apr 2017 | updated - 6 days ago | Public
The best actresses from Sweden (52), Denmark (33), Norway (9), Finland (3) and Iceland (2).
1. Tora Teje
Actress | Damen med kameliorna
Tora Teje was born on January 17, 1893 in Stockholm, Sweden as Tora Johansson. She was an actress, known for Lady of the Camellias (1925), Secret of the Monastery (1920) and The Nurtull Gang (1923). She was married to Herman Sylwander. She died on April 30, 1970.
Actress | Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler
Aud Egede-Nissen was born on May 30, 1893 in Bergen, Norway. She was an actress and producer, known for Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922), Das Phantom der Oper (1916) and Deception (1920). She was married to Paul Richter and Georg Alexander. She died on November 6, 1974 in Oslo, Norway.
3. Asta Nielsen
Actress | Hamlet
Danish leading woman of German films who became one of the greatest stars of the silent era. A native of the Copenhagen suburb of Vesterbro, Nielsen was the daughter of a coppersmith and a washerwoman, both of whom died before Nielsen was fifteen. Her stage debut came as a child in the chorus of ...
4. Greta Garbo
Actress | Ninotchka
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and ...
Actress | Notorious
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...
Actress | Støt står den danske sømand
Lisbeth Movin was born on August 25, 1917 in Odense, Denmark. She was an actress and director, known for The Viking Watch of the Danish Seaman (1948), Det gælder os alle (1949) and Min kone fra Paris (1961). She was married to Lau Lauritzen. She died on November 7, 2011 in Hillerød, ...
Actress | The Witches
Mai Zetterling was born in Sweden in 1925, and lived briefly in Australia while still a child. She's known as a director and actor and trained on the Stockholm repertory stage, she began appearing in war-era films starting in her teens. Following her debut in Lasse Maja (1941), she made quite an ...
10. Eva Henning
Actress | Elvira Madigan
Eva was born in New York, USA, with a Norwegian father and a Swedish mother, Ragni. They divorced when Eva was 6 years old and Ragni remarried the actor Uno Henning.
Eva was accepted to the Royal Dramatic Theater's acting school in 1938. She had some minor roles both on the stage and in a few movies...
12. Birgit Tengroth
Actress | Ebberöds bank
She debuted in Sven Jerring's radio show 'Barnens Brevlaada' together with her friend Sickan Carlsson at the age of 10. She studied at Royal Opera's ballet school 1926-31. Her first work for the movies was a small part in Mordbrännerskan (1926). She got a contract with Svensk Filmindustri (SF)...
Actress | Sommarlek
Rare indeed to spot a dark-haired Swede on film but the delicately beautiful Maj-Britt Nilsson was certainly one of them, along with Harriet Andersson, who went on to captivate film audiences in the bleak films of Ingmar Bergman.
Born in Stockholm on December 11, 1924, the lovely Nilsson was ...
14. Anita Björk
Actress | Fröken Julie
Anita Björk is able to use simple means to give depth and character to a role. She has a way of expressing any emotion just by raising an eyebrow or twitching her lips. This was something she used to a large extent in her best movie, Alf Sjöberg's Miss Julie (1951) where she played the young lady ...
15. Lissi Alandh
Actress | Ratataa eller The Staffan Stolle Story
Little known outside her country, Lissi Alandh was - for four decades - a faithful road companion of the Swedish theater, cinema and television. Rather unsurprising considering that she had dreamed of being an actress since she was a little girl. She of course went to drama school, took lessons ...
17. Annalisa Ericson
Actress | Stackars lilla Sven
At the age of 5, she began ballet lessons at the Royal Opera in Stockholm and got small parts in the ballets that were performed. The parts became bigger and she wanted to try acting. She did apply to become a student at the Royal Dramatic Theatre but failed in the final test. Instead, she began at...
Actress | Viskningar och rop
Discovered at age 20 by celebrated director Ingmar Bergman, she became part of Bergman's regular stable of performers; in fact, he wrote Summer with Monika (1953) especially for her breakthrough. Extraordinary and versatile as an actress, her roles have ranged from the naive young wife in Sawdust ...
19. Ulla Jacobsson
Actress | Zulu
Ulla Jacobsson was an International Swedish Actress and became world-famous with the film One Summer of Happiness (1951) (English title: "One Summer of Happiness", German title: "Sie tanzte nur einen Sommer") and Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) ("Smiles of a Summer Night"), which Zarah Leander made...
20. Eva Dahlbeck
Actress | Sommarnattens leende
Eva Dahlbeck was born on March 8, 1920 in Saltsjö-Duvnäs, Stockholms län, Sweden. She was an actress, known for Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), Brink of Life (1958) and A Lesson in Love (1954). She was married to Sven Lampell. She died on February 8, 2008 in Hässelby, Stockholm, Stockholms län.
23. Ingrid Thulin
Actress | Smultronstället
Ingrid trained as a ballet dancer and attended Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre. She came to fame thanks to Bergman's "Wild Strawberries". She acted in 9 Ingmar Bergman's films. Her fame allowed her to act in Luchino Visconti's "The Damned" in 1969. Ingrid Thulin lived in Rome since the 1960's. ...
24. Naima Wifstrand
Actress | Smultronstället
Raised by a single mother, she grew up in a poor home at Fleminggatan in Stockholm. She was working extra in a small shop for sewing materials and the owner encouraged her acting dreams. In 1905 she was accepted to accompany the Anna Lundberg travelling theatre company around Sweden. This led to ...
25. Anita Ekberg
Actress | La dolce vita
Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born on September 29, 1931 in Malmo, Sweden. Growing up with seven brothers and sisters was not an adventure, but Anita's adventure began when she was elected Miss Sweden in 1950. She did not win the Miss Universe contest but she got a modeling contract in the ...
28. Gunnel Lindblom
Actress | Det sjunde inseglet
After acting studies at the Gothenburg City Theater from 1950-52, she made her breakthrough debut in Gustaf Molander's Kärlek (1952). When Ingmar Bergman became head of the Malmö City Theater he asked her to join him there and with him as a director she played the role of Margareta in Goethe's...
30. Anna Karina
Actress | Pierrot le Fou
Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless (1960), but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "...
31. Bibi Andersson
Actress | Persona
Her artistic dreams came early in life and were further supported by her older sister Gerd Andersson who became a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera and made her acting debut in 1951. Bibi, on the other side, had to make do with bit parts and commercials. She debuted in Dum-Bom (1953), playing ...
32. Margaretha Krook
Actress | Persona
Margaretha Krook was born on October 15, 1925 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Margaretha Knutsdotter Krook. She was an actress, known for Persona (1966), Release the Prisoners to Spring (1975) and Medea (1963). She was married to Stig Hammar. She died on May 7, 2001 in Stockholm.
34. Lena Nyman
Actress | Jag är nyfiken - en film i gult
Lena Nyman was born on May 23, 1944 in Stockholm, Sweden as Anna Lena Elisabet Nyman. She was an actress, known for I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967), I Am Curious (Blue) (1968) and Ronja Robbersdaughter (1984). She was married to Jan Lundström. She died on February 4, 2011 in Stockholm.
35. Pia Degermark
Actress | Elvira Madigan
Director Bo Widerberg first spotted the teenage Pia Degermark in a newspaper photo, dancing at a party with the Swedish Crown Prince Carl Gustaf (later King Carl XVI Gustaf. Her career seemed assured after Widerberg cast her in the lead of Elvira Madigan (1967), which debuted at Cannes and garnered...
37. Gertrud Fridh
Actress | Smultronstället
Gertrud Fridh was born on November 26, 1921 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. She was an actress, known for Wild Strawberries (1957), The Devil's Eye (1960) and All These Women (1964). She died on October 11, 1984 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.
38. Britt Ekland
Actress | The Man with the Golden Gun
Britt Ekland was born in Sweden and grew up to be the poster girl for beautiful, big-eyed Scandinavian blondes. She attended a drama school and then joined a traveling theater group. With her looks as her passport, Britt entered films and became a star in Italy. When Peter Sellers met her in a ...
39. Liv Ullmann
Actress | Viskningar och rop
Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar ...
Actress | The Long Goodbye
Nina Van Pallandt became famous in the United States in the early 1970s as the mistress of hoaxer Clifford Irving, who went to jail when his biography of Howard Hughes, allegedly written with Hughes' co-operation, proved to be a fake when Hughes himself came out of seclusion to repudiate the work. ...
48. Maud Adams
Actress | Octopussy
Stunning Swedish born ex-model who broke into film in 1970, and quickly appeared in several high profile films including playing the ex-wife of James Caan in the futuristic Rollerball (1975) and the ill-fated lover of super-assassin Francisco Scaramanga played by Christopher Lee in The Man with the...
Actress | Babettes gæstebud
Birgitte Federspiel was born on September 6, 1925 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was an actress, known for Babette's Feast (1987), En fremmed banker på (1959) and The Musketeers (1961). She was married to Freddy Koch, Henning Ahrensborg and Jens Østerholm. She died on February 2, 2005 in Odense,...
52. Bodil Kjer
Actress | Babettes gæstebud
Bodil Kjer was born on September 2, 1917 in Odense, Denmark as Bodil Valborg Karen Ellen Kjer. She was an actress, known for Babette's Feast (1987), Mød mig paa Cassiopeia (1951) and Soldaten og Jenny (1947). She was married to Frits Hinrichsen, Ebbe Rode and Olaf Nordgreen. She died on ...
54. Lena Olin
Actress | Alias
Swedish-born Lena Olin already had a successful career as an actress before she came to Hollywood. She acted at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and was directed by Ingmar Bergman. She was born in Stockholm, to actors Britta Holmberg and Stig Olin, who appeared in six of Bergman's films. Lena also ...
59. Pernilla August
Pernilla August started acting as a child, performing in plays at Vår teater and at school. In 1979 she was accepted at the Statens scenskola to study acting professionally. Director Ingmar Bergman took note of her early and cast her as a nanny in his Fanny and Alexander (1982).
In 1982 she got ...
60. Ghita Nørby
Actress | Hamsun
Ghita Nørby was born on January 11, 1935 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is an actress, known for Hamsun (1996), Freud Leaving Home (1991) and What No One Knows (2008). She was previously married to Svend Skipper, Jørgen Reenberg, Dario Campeotto, Henrik Rosing Wiehe and Mogens Garth-Grüner.
61. Viveca Lindfors
Actress | Stargate
Ms. Lindfors was a Swedish-born actress whose stage and screen career in the U.S. and Sweden spanned more than half a century. She was brought to Hollywood in 1946 by Warner Brothers in the hope that she would be a new Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman. She appeared with Ronald Reagan in her first ...
64. Bodil Jørgensen
Actress | Idioterne
Bodil Jørgensen was born on March 3, 1961 in Vejle, Denmark. She is an actress, known for The Idiots (1998), Nothing's All Bad (2010) and The Green Butchers (2003). She has been married to Morten Søborg since November 18, 2005. They have one child. She was previously married to Henrik Sartou.
66. Lena Endre
Actress | The Master
Lena Endre was born on July 8, 1955 in Härnösand, Västernorrlands län, Sweden. She is an actress and writer, known for The Master (2012), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009). She was previously married to Richard Hobert, Thomas Hanzon, Vjeko Benzon and ...
Soundtrack | Dancer in the Dark
Born in 1965 in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik, the daughter of Gudmundur Gunnarsson (an electrician) and Hildur Hauksdóttir who divorced before her second birthday, Björk grew up in a hippie-type community with her mother and her seven siblings. She started to study classical music at the...
68. 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 ...
74. Connie Nielsen
Actress | Gladiator
Danish beauty Connie Nielsen consistently lights up the screen with an eclectic bevy of film roles. She was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark, to a mother who worked as an insurance clerk, and a father, Bent Nielsen, who was a bus driver. Nielsen began her acting career working alongside her mother on...
Actress | GoldenEye
Born in the northern Polish town of Bialystok, Izabella Scorupco moved to Sweden with her mother as a young child. She studied drama and music and, at 17, was discovered by a Swedish film director who cast her in the movie Ingen kan älska som vi (1988), which made her a local teen idol. She ...
76. Sanna Bråding
Actress | Tre kronor
Sanna Bråding has been acting since the age of 6 when she began with amateur acting and continued with school plays in her youth. At the age of 15 she got the role as Tanja in TV soap Tre kronor (1994). After finishing acting studies at high school she had various odd jobs until she got a minor ...
83. Lina Leandersson
Actress | Låt den rätte komma in
Lina Leandersson was born in Falun, Sweden She took an interest in performing from an early age, acting in amateur theatre performances, attending drama courses, and performing street- and jazz dance. One of her first roles was in amateur theatre performance, playing the mother of a spoiled girl ...
84. Noomi Rapace
Actress | Män som hatar kvinnor
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace was born in Hudiksvall, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, the daughter of Swedish actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. Her parents did not stay together, and when Rapace was five she moved to Iceland with her mother and stepfather, where she lived for ...
85. Malin Akerman
Actress | Watchmen
Malin was born in Stockholm, Sweden and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her mother, Pia (Sundström), is a model and aerobics instructor, and her father, Magnus Åkerman, is an insurance broker. They moved to Toronto when she was age 2. At age 5, she began appearing in TV commercials. Her parents divorced...
87. Irina Björklund
Actress | The American
Born in 1973, Irina Björklund is one of the most popular Finnish film stars of the end of 1990s and beginning of the 2000s. After studying years 1993-1996 in The Theatre Academy of Finland she made her silver screen debut in Pekka Parikka's (director of The Winter War (1989)) last film, Tie naisen ...
92. Alicia Vikander
Actress | Ex Machina
Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress, dancer and producer. She was born and raised in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Maria Fahl-Vikander, an actress of stage and screen, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. She is of Swedish and one quarter Finnish descent. Alicia began acting as a ...
94. Susse Wold
Actress | Jagten
Susse Wold is a well-known Danish stage and screen actress. Daughter of famous actress Marguerite Viby - her parents were divorced early and they never lived together as a family - Wold was given the chance to become an actress herself but also fought to find an identity for herself as something ...
Actress | Turist
Lisa Loven Kongsli (born 23 September 1979) is a Norwegian actress.
She debuted as an actress in 2008, and has since had key parts in Norwegian films. She has also had roles in films, including Fatso (2008), Knerten (2009), and The Orheim Company (2012).
In 2014, she was nominated in the Best Actress...
100. Rebecca Ferguson
Actress | Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Rebecca Ferguson was born Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in its Vasastaden district. Her father is Swedish. Her mother, Rosemary Ferguson, is British, of Scottish and Northern Irish descent, and moved to Sweden at the age of 25. Rebecca attended an ...