Danish International Talents

by knickerbocker | created - 10 Jul 2014 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. Mads Mikkelsen

Actor | Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen's great successes parallel those achieved by the Danish film industry 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 ...

2. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part ...

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 ...

4. Kasper Barfoed

Director | Sommeren '92

Danish writer and director Kasper Barfoed was born in Copenhagen in 1972. He was a child actor, performing in the stage musical version of Oliver Twist and in Ingmar Bergman-actress, Liv Ullmann's directing debut Sofie.

Later, he moved behind the camera, directing commercials and 2nd unit work on ...

5. Thomas Vinterberg

Director | Jagten

With Last Round (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 ...

6. Lone Scherfig

Director | An Education

Writer/director Lone Scherfig graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 1984. Her first feature film, THE BIRTHDAY TRIP (1990), was selected for Panorama in Berlin, the New Directors section at MOMA in New York and won the Grand Jury Prix in Rouen. Her next film, ON OUR OWN (1998), ...

7. Birger Larsen

Director | Lad isbjørnene danse

Birger Larsen was born on December 22, 1961 in Denmark. He was a director and writer, known for Dance of the Polar Bears (1990), Den 5:e kvinnan (2002) and SuperBrother (2009). He died on October 26, 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

8. Asger Leth

Writer | Ghosts of Cité Soleil

Asger Leth is a writer and director, known for Ghosts of Cité Soleil (2006), Man on a Ledge (2012) and Liberty (2018).

9. Charlotte Bruus Christensen

Cinematographer | Fences

Charlotte Bruus Christensen is a Danish cinematographer. She is best known for her work in The Hunt (2012), Far from the Madding Crowd (2015), Fences (2016), and The Girl on the Train (2016).

She earned a degree in cinematography from the National Film and Television School in 2004. After film ...

10. Jeppe Rønde

Director | Bridgend

Jeppe Rønde was born in 1973. He is a director and writer, known for Bridgend (2015), Jerusalem My Love (2003) and The Swenkas (2004).

11. 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 ...

12. 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 ...

13. Nikolaj Arcel

Writer | En kongelig affære

Nikolaj Arcel was born on August 25, 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a writer and director, known for A Royal Affair (2012), King's Game (2004) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009).

14. 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 ...

15. Nicolas Winding Refn

Writer | The Neon Demon

Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teen years. ...

16. Kristoffer Nyholm

Director | Taboo

Kristoffer Nyholm is a director and producer, known for Taboo (2017), The Killing (2007) and The Enfield Haunting (2015).

17. Martin Zandvliet

Director | Under sandet

Martin Zandvliet was born on January 7, 1971 in Fredericia, Denmark. He is an editor and director, known for Land of Mine (2015), A Funny Man (2011) and Applause (2009).

18. Nicolai Fuglsig

Director | 12 Strong

Nicolai Fuglsig was born in 1972 in Helsingør, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Strong (2018), Wrath and Brass Monkey.

19. Joachim Trier

Director | Louder Than Bombs

Joachim Trier is a Norwegian writer and director. He is known for Reprise (2006), Oslo, August 31st (2011), Louder Than Bombs (2015) and Thelma (2017).

Trier also directed three short films, Pietà (2000), Still (2001) and Procter (2002).

His father, Jacob Trier, was the sound technician of The ...

20. Janus Metz

Director | Borg McEnroe

With "Armadillo" (2010) Danish director Janus Metz (born 1974) stepped firmly into the international spotlight winning the Grand Prix of the Cannes film festival 's Critic's week. His film about a group of Danish soldiers at the front line in Afghanistan spurred heated debate, not only about the ...

21. Anders Walter

Director | I Kill Giants

Anders Walter was born on February 5, 1978 in Århus, Denmark. He is a writer and director, known for I Kill Giants (2017), 9 meter (2012) and Helium (2013).

22. Kasper Tuxen

Cinematographer | Beginners

Kasper Tuxen was born on April 23, 1977 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is known for his work on Beginners (2010), Darkland (2017) and Echo (2007).

23. David Sakurai

Actor | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

David Sakurai was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the age of 18, he moved to Japan where he received his theatrical training and honed his skills in the indie film scene in Tokyo.

After relocating back to Denmark in 2008, Sakurai proved himself a strong, versatile actor having been cast in a variety...

24. Niels Arden Oplev

Director | Män som hatar kvinnor

Niels Arden Oplev was born on March 26, 1961 in Denmark. He is a director and producer, known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), We Shall Overcome (2006) and Flatliners (2017).

25. Clara Rugaard

Actress | I Am Mother

Clara Rugaard is an actress, known for I Am Mother (2019), Still Star-Crossed (2017) and Teen Spirit (2018).

26. Linnea Berthelsen

Actress | Stranger Things

Linnea is a Danish Talent. She grew up in Denmark and started acting in her late teens. In 2016 she's had appearances in the web TV-series "The Desert" in London, and Danish TV-pilot "Exitium" while studying in London. She took part in various film projects in Denmark before settling in London in ...

27. Deepika Padukone

Actress | Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Deepika Padukone, born 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is an Indian model & Actress. She is the daughter of former badminton Champion Prakash Padukone. Her mother tongue is Konkani. Deepika has a younger sister named Anisha.

She has been modeling appearances in print and television advertising...

29. Maria Palm

Actress | The Model

Maria Palm is an actress, known for The Model (2016) and Go' morgen Danmark (1996).

30. Morten Højbjerg

Editor | Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

Morten Højbjerg was born on October 31, 1975 in Denmark. He is known for his work on Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013) and After the Wedding (2006).



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