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Top 50 Most Popular Danish Actors Of All Time

Shivam ParasharShivam-Updated Jan 25, 2023


Danish Actors

 

Most of us may not be familiar with the fact that several motion pictures and television shows across the globe have been graced with the presence of actors who happen to hail from Denmark.

 

Since looks and physical features do not really reveal much, it is only obvious that one needs to look into their family history to confirm their ancestry.

 

That being said, we have managed to make things easier for our readers by bringing to them an exclusive list of some of the finest Danish actors to have ever graced the screens.

 

Our ranking is based on an algorithm that takes into consideration a lot many factors, two of which include the popularity of the mentioned stars among the viewers over the years and search trends related to them on the internet in the recent past.

 

 

50. Preben Uglebjerg

 

Preben Uglebjerg

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 16, 1931
Place of Birth Glostrup, Denmark
Height N/A
Debut Year 1946
Debut Film Op med lille Martha

 

Preben Uglebjerg made his screen debut in the second half of the 1940s. Unfortunately for him though, his career was cut short after he was killed in a late-night traffic accident for causes not known yet.

 

Born in Glostrup, Denmark, he was best known for his performance in feature films such as Call Girls, Laan mig din kone, and Op med lille Martha.

 

The actor had been married to both Puk Schaufuss and Kate Mundt in his short life.

 

 

49. David Sakurai

 

David Sakurai

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 19, 1979
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 2007
Debut Film Next Step

 

Known for his athletic stunt skills, David Sakurai is a Danish Japanese actor who is also a director, scriptwriter, and martial artist.

 

He was born in Copenhagen and raised in Frederiksværk by a Danish mother and a Japanese father.

 

The actor was interested in film production right from when he was a teenager and, therefore, started to learn acting after he moved to Japan at the age of 18.

 

Sakurai returned to Denmark with a wish to work with Jack Hansen and some other fresh and talented filmmakers in his native tongue.

 

 

 

48. Morten Sasse Suurballe

 

Morten Sasse Suurballe

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 8, 1955
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 195 centimeters
Debut Year 1981
Debut Film Kniven i hjertet

 

Morten Suurballe is a promising Danish actor who was born in Copenhagen and educated at the Danish National School of Theatre in 1978.

 

After the completion of his course in the aforementioned school, he was employed at several theatres including the Royal Danish Theatre.

 

The actor, who made his acting debut in 1981, went on to be recognized for his portrayal of Detective Chief Inspector Lennart Brix in the television series The Killing.

 

 

 

47. Carsten Bjørnlund

 

Carsten Bjørnlund

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth June 28, 1973
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 2000
Debut TV Show At the Faber

 

Carsten Bjørnlund is a theatre, film, and television actor who made his acting debut on the television show, titled At the Faber, at the dawn of the new millennium.

 

However, the actor was seen playing the main lead in motion pictures only with the release of the One-Way Ticket to Korsør in 2008.

 

The roles that he played in 2011's The Thing and ID:A continue to be among his better-known ones.

 

Bjørnlund can also be seen portraying the character of Rasmus in the Danish comedy-drama television series Rita.

 

 

 

46. Lars Kristian Ranthe

 

Lars Kristian Ranthe

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 26, 1969
Place of Birth Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 165 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut TV Show Crash: The Menace from the Black Hole

 

Lars Ranthe, who first faced the camera during the first half of the 1980s, has continued to be a reliable screen performer ever since.

 

He has participated in more than 70 television and film projects in his career so far.

 

Ranthe is best known for having delivered strong performances in feature films such as Another Round, Adam's Apples, and A Funny Man.

 

The actor has been happily married to Christine Albeck Børge since 1998.

 

 

 

45. Troels Lyby

 

Troels Lyby

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 15, 1966
Place of Birth Århus, Denmark
Height 186 centimeters
Debut Year 1995
Debut Television Film Who's Hitler?

 

Troels Lyby has been an active screen performer ever since he made his debut in the mid-1990s.

 

Even though the actor was previously seen in motion pictures such as Let's Get Lost and The Idiots, he got to play his breakthrough role in Hella Joof's En kort en lang.

 

He has been a recipient of the Robertprisen for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 2002 film En kort en lang.

 

In addition, he also won the Robertprisen for Best Actor for his performance in 2006's Anklaget.

 

 

 

44. Peter Gantzler

 

Peter Gantzler

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 28, 1958
Place of Birth Denmark
Height 188 centimeters
Debut Year 1981
Debut TV Show Flid, fedt og snyd

 

Peter Gantzler made his professional acting debut on the small screen by appearing in one of the episodes of the television series Flid, fedt og snyd in 1981.

 

Also a director, he is best known for his work in projects such as Italian for Beginners, A-klassen, and The Judge, to mention a few.

 

Married to actress Xenia Lach-Nielsen with a child, Gantzler is known to have performed in various theaters in the Copenhagen neighborhood as well.

 

 

 

43. Carl Brisson

 

Carl Brisson

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 24, 1893
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 1918
Debut Film The Mysterious Footprints

 

Carl Brisson, who was born Carl Frederik Ejnar Pedersen, made his acting debut in the 1918 Danish motion picture, titled The Mysterious Footprints.

 

He was a more than competent actor and singer who appeared in 13 feature films between 1918 and 1935.

 

While he appeared in two silent films helmed by the great Alfred Hitchcock, he is also credited with introducing the popular song "Cocktails for Two" in the 1934 flick Murder at the Vanities.

 

He was married to Cleo Willard Brrison from 1915 to his death.

 

 

 

42. Per Bentzon Goldschmidt

 

Per Bentzon Goldschmidt

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 11, 1943
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height N/A
Debut Year 1966
Debut Film Venom

 

Yet another Danish entertainer to be born in Copenhagen, Per Bentzon Goldschmidt was already a multi-talented individual when he started his journey in the movies.

 

Besides trying his hands at acting, he was also known to be a baritone saxophonist, tenor saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandmaster.

 

Goldschmidt, who led a number of musical groups during the 1970s, is also remembered for his performance in Lenin, You Rascal, You, Eftermiddagsgæsten, and Erasmus Montanus, to name a few.

 

He was trained in both classical clarinet and acting during the early stages of his career in show business.

 

 

 

41. Peter Mygind

 

Peter Mygind

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 28, 1963
Place of Birth Frederiksberg, Denmark
Height 198 centimeters
Debut Year 1991
Debut Film Høfeber

 

Peter Mygind, who was first seen appearing in the 1991 feature film Høfeber, is an actor and writer who is best known for his work in Flame & Citron, Nikolaj og Julie, and Last Christmas.

 

He is also known to have featured on several TV shows such as Borgen, Unit One, The Kingdom, and Anna Pihl, to mention a few.

 

The actor has also served as a host for both the Dansk Melodi Grand Prix and the quiz show Boom Boom.

 

Mygind has been married to Lise Mühlhausen since August 10, 1996. They have two children.

 

 

 

40. Roland Møller

 

Roland Møller

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 28, 1972
Place of Birth Odense, Denmark
Height 183 centimeters
Debut Year 2010
Debut Film R

 

Roland Møller made his acting debut by playing a brutal inmate in the prison drama R, which hit the screens in 2010.

 

The following year, he was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his performance in the aforementioned flick at The Danish Critics Association Awards, Bodil.

 

Just a couple of years later, Roland was again nominated for a Bodil in the same category for his character projection of a sailor named Jan Sørensen in Tobias Lindholm's drama motion picture, titled A Hijacking.

 

 

 

39. Bjarne Henriksen

 

Bjarne Henriksen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 18, 1959
Place of Birth Såderup, Fyn, Denmark
Height 190 centimeters
Debut Year 1992
Debut Film Hjerter i slør

 

Bjarne Henriksen is an actor and director who is best known for his work in Forbrydelsen, The Hunt, and The Celebration.

 

The actor, who commenced his career at the beginning of the 1990s, has been accepted in both tough and comical roles.

 

Courtesy of his macho persona, roles that are a bit primitive in nature suit him well.

 

That said, he has been seen playing a wide range of characters in various mainstream projects.

 

Henriksen got his education from the National Theater School in Copenhagen.

 

 

38. Torben Emil Meyer

 

Torben Emil Meyer

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 1, 1884
Place of Birth Århus, Denmark
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 1912
Debut Film Manegens stjerne

 

During his 55-year-long career, Torben Meyer starred in more than 200 television and film projects.

 

The actor, who got the opportunity to play his maiden role in a silent Danish movie in 1912, left Denmark to look for better opportunities in Hollywood in 1927.

 

Even though he was initially cast in small roles, his career began to flourish during the 1950s when his roles got comparatively bigger.

 

In fact, he got to play the finest part in his film career at the age of 76 in director Stanley Kramer’s Judgement of Nuremberg, which hit the screens in 1961.

 

 

37. Mikael Birkkjær

 

Mikael Birkkjær

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 14, 1958
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height N/A
Debut Year 1987
Debut Television Film En farlig mand

 

Born and raised in Copenhagen, Mikael Birkkjær trained at Skuespillerskolen at Odense Teater until 1985.

 

He is perhaps best known for his character projection of Phillip Christensen in the Danish television political drama, titled Borgen.

 

Also seen portraying Inspector Ulrik Strange in the 2009 TV series Forbrydelsen, he made his acting debut by playing a part in the 1987 television movie En farlig mand.

 

 

36. Kim Kold

 

Kim Kold

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 25, 1965
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 193 centimeters
Debut Year 2008
Debut Film Take the Trash

 

Besides his commanding stature, this former professional bodybuilder is best known for his character play of Owen Shaw's crew member Klaus in the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise.

 

As a professional actor, he made his debut in the 2008 feature film Take the Trash.

 

Kold, who won the Danish National Bodybuilding Championship in 2006, was persuaded by his filmmaker friend Mads Matthiesen to feature in his short film Dennis.

 

Even though it wasn't exactly promoted, the short film soon became a tad popular and helped Kold kick-start his journey as a mainstream actor.

 

 

35. Jens Albinus

 

Jens Albinus

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 3, 1965
Place of Birth Bogense, Denmark
Height N/A
Debut Year 1996
Debut Film Anton

 

Born in Bogense, Denmark, Jens Albinus made his professional acting debut in a motion picture, titled Anton, in 1996.

 

Besides being a screen actor, he is also a director who is known to have featured in projects such as The Idiots, Antichrist, and Everything Will Be Fine, to mention a few.

 

Albinus continued to shine in projects such as Borgen, The Audition, and Everything Will Be Fine, among others.

 

 

34. Sven-Ole Thorsen

 

Sven-Ole Thorsen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 24, 1944
Place of Birth Copenhagen, German-occupied Denmark
Height 193 centimeters
Debut Year 1977
Debut Film Mind Your Back, Professor

 

Known for his towering height and broad frame, Sven-Ole Thorsen is a Danish actor who made his feature film debut by playing a role in 1977's Mind Your Back, Professor.

 

Also a stuntman, bodybuilder, and strongman competitor, he was able to win Denmark's Strongest Man event in 1983.

 

Since he has a commanding screen presence courtesy of his undeniable stature, Sven is mostly seen playing an antagonist in the projects that he is a part of.

 

His autobiography Stærk mand i Hollywood (Strong Man in Hollywood in English) was published in the October of 2007.

 

 

33. Nicolas Bro

 

Nicolas Bro

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 16, 1972
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 179 centimeters
Debut Year 1999
Debut TV Show Taxa

 

Nicolas Bro is an experienced screen performer who worked in quite a few short films before making both his big and small screen debuts.

 

He won the Danish theatre award Reumert for his performance in Ole Bornedal's Skrigerne at Copenhagen's Aveny-T theatre.

 

Not many people are aware of the fact that Bro served both as an actor and cinematographer in director Christoffer Boe's feature film, titled Offscreen.

 

The actor is also known for playing a part in the third season of the Swedish-Danish television series The Bridge.

 

 

32. Dar Salim

 

Dar Salim

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 18, 1977
Place of Birth Baghdad, Iraq
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 2003
Debut TV Show Forsvar

 

Dar Salim, who was born in Baghdad, Iraq, is known to be living in Copenhagen with his son Zidane Storm Salim.

 

The actor received a Bodil Award nomination in the Best Actor category for his acknowledged performance in the film Go With Peace, Jamil in 2008.

 

Known for his work in film and television, Salim tested himself as a performer at the William Esper Studio in New York and also studied method acting in London.

 

He has had a recurring role to play in Danish thrillers such as The Bridge and Below the Surface.

 

 

31. Allan Hyde

 

Allan Hyde

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 20, 1989
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 173 centimeters
Debut Year 2008
Debut TV Show Album

 

Allan Hyde, who made his acting debut by appearing in the show Album in 2008, has since participated in more than 40 film and television projects.

 

He is best known for making an impression by playing the character of the 2000-year-old vampire Godric in HBO's True Blood.

 

His portrayal went on to be liked by the viewers of the show. Also a singer on the side, Hyde is known to have lent his voice to the admirable character of Ron Weasley in all the Danish releases of the Harry Potter series of motion pictures.

 

 

30. Casper Frederik Crump

 

Casper Frederik Crump

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 11, 1977
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 2004
Debut Film Lost Generation

 

Casper Frederik Crump is one of the only screen actors on our list who is known to have played the same character in three different series.

 

He was seen embodying Vandal Savage in Arrow, The Flash, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, respectively.

 

Besides his popular role in the aforementioned shows, he is also known to have portrayed Captain Kerchover in the adventure feature film The Legend of Tarzan, which hit the screens in 2016.

 

Crump was first seen making an appearance in the 2004 motion picture Lost Generation.

 

 

29. Simon Sears

 

Simon Sears

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 25, 1984
Place of Birth Roskilde, Denmark
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 2015
Debut Film April 9th

 

Simon Sears, who won the Reumert award for talents in theatre in 2016, is best known for his performances in features such as Shadow and Bone, Enforcement, and Herrens veje.

 

His character projection in Winter Brothers fetched him nominations at the Bodil Awards and Robert Awards, respectively.

 

Also a recipient of the Best Actor trophy at the Italian Digital Fiction Festival, Sears resides in Copenhagen with his beloved Icelandic wife and two sons.

 

 

28. Caspar Phillipson

 

Caspar Phillipson

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 13, 1971
Place of Birth Denmark
Height 174 centimeters
Debut Year 1995
Debut TV Show Hjem til fem

 

Caspar Phillipson is a Danish screen performer who made his acting debut in the mid-1990s.

 

Not only has he been a screen performer but he has also been a stage and voice actor.

 

However, most of his credits are Scandinavian productions. The actor is best known in the English-speaking world for his character projection of John F. Kennedy in the biographical drama feature film Jackie.

 

Phillipson will soon be seen in Blonde, which is a fictionalized take on late Hollywood superstar Marilyn Monroe's complex life.

 

 

27. Thomas Bo Larsen

 

Thomas Bo Larsen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 27, 1963
Place of Birth Gladsaxe, Denmark
Height 181 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut Film Twist and Shout

 

Thomas Bo Larsen made his acting debut by playing an uncredited role in a feature film, titled Twist and Shout, in 1984.

 

Frequently seen being cast in movies by Thomas Vinterberg, he is best known for his performances in feature films such as The Hunt, The Celebration, and Another Round.

 

In 1995, the actor was nominated for a Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actor in Sidste time.

 

Thomas has also been a recipient of two Robert Awards. While he won the first one in 1996 for Best Actor in De største helte, he received the second one in 1998 for Best Supporting Actor for his character play in Festen.

 

 

26. Zlatko Burić

 

Zlatko Burić

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 13, 1953
Place of Birth Osijek, Croatia
Height 197 centimeters
Debut Year 1996
Debut Film Pusher

 

Zlatko Burić is a Croatian-Danish actor who was educated as an actor at Dramskij Studio, Osijek, Croatia.

 

After having completed his studies, he was a part of the experimental theater group Kugla Glumište during the second half of the 1970s and early 1980s.

 

The actor has participated in a lot many successful Danish feature films during the 1990s and 2000s.

 

Burić is known to have frequently collaborated with Nicolas Winding Refn on several occasions. The year 2012 saw him reprising his role in the British remake of the 1996 flick Pusher.

 

 

25. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

 

Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 1, 1984
Place of Birth Rønne, Denmark
Height 187 centimeters
Debut Year 1997
Debut TV Show Bryggeren

 

Mikkel Følsgaard made headlines when he won several accolades for his performance in his debut motion picture, titled A Royal Affair.

 

The actor was still studying at the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance when his first feature film hit the screens.

 

For his convincing character projection of King Christian VII in the same, he ended up winning a Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

 

His elder brother Nicolas Tobias Følsgaard is a photographer and director himself.

 

 

24. Lars Brygmann

 

Lars Brygmann

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 17, 1957
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 185 centimeters
Debut Year 1995
Debut Film Elsker elsker ikke...

 

Lars Brygmann graduated from acting school in 1987 and went on to perform in a number of theatres in his home country soon after getting his degree.

 

Whatever experience he gained from performing in theatres helped him make both his big screen and small screen debut in 1995.

 

Since then, he has been seen delivering in projects such as Riders of Justice, Dicte, and Rembrandt, to mention a few.

 

Brygmann tied the knot with Katrine Brygmann Salomon in 2000. Both his brothers, Martin and Jens Brygmann, are screen performers as well.

 

 

23. Anders W. Berthelsen

 

Anders W. Berthelsen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 28, 1969
Place of Birth Rødovre, Denmark
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 1994
Debut Television Film Stormfulde hjerter

 

Anders W. Berthelsen has been seen making his presence felt in more than 40 motion pictures and television shows after having made his professional acting debut in 1994.

 

Besides being an actor, he is also known for being a filmmaker. Some of his finest performances have come in titles such as Italian for Beginners, Held for Ransom, and King's Game.

 

Berthelsen has been married to Christina Pind since 1999. The couple is blessed with one child.

 

 

22. Alex Høgh Andersen

 

Alex Høgh Andersen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 20, 1994
Place of Birth Slagelse, Denmark
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 2012
Debut TV Show Outsider

 

Born and raised in Slagelse, Denmark, Alex Høgh Andersen made his acting debut in a television show, titled Outsider, in 2012.

 

Also a model and photographer, he is best known for his character projection of Ivar the Boneless in the popular historical drama television series Vikings.

 

Andersen, who managed to discover his love of acting while studying drama at school, has featured in many musical-oriented plays.

 

Needless to say, the young actor was fortunate enough to have gained a decent amount of experience before he started auditioning for roles in the movies.

 

When he is not occupied acting, he can be found trying his hands at photography.

 

 

21. Jakob Cedergren

 

Jakob Cedergren

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 10, 1973
Place of Birth Lund, Sweden
Height 186 centimeters
Debut Year 1998
Debut Film The Blue Monk

 

This Swedish-born Danish actor has so far appeared in more than 40 films and television shows after having made his feature film debut in 1998's The Blue Monk.

 

His feature film, titled Dark Horse, screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005.

 

Jakob Cedergren is best known for playing the role of Danish Prince Carl/King Haakon VII of Norway in the Norwegian TV miniseries, titled Harry & Charles.

 

He has been appearing in the Swedish crime series The Sandhamn Murders since 2010.

 

 

20. Søren Dyrberg Malling

 

Søren Dyrberg Malling

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 3, 1964
Place of Birth Kjellerup, Denmark
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 1997
Debut TV Show Bryggeren

 

Søren Malling, who was born in Denmark in 1964, went to Odense Theatre School from 1988-1992 to learn the basics of theatre and acting.

 

Best known for playing the role of Inspector Jan Meyer in the Danish TV crime thriller Forbrydelsen, he started to get noticed by critics worldwide after his character projection in the historical television war drama 1864.

 

In his spare time, Malling is known to test his Tennis skills. The actor earned a well-deserved Robert Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Kjeld at the 2017 Robert Awards.

 

 

19. Carsten Norgaard

 

Carsten Norgaard

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 3, 1963
Place of Birth Frederiksberg, Denmark
Height 186 centimeters
Debut Year 1988
Debut Film The Fruit Machine

 

Born in Frederiksberg, Denmark, Carsten Norgaard commenced his acting career by playing the perplexing Dolphin Man in the 1988 feature film The Fruit Machine.

 

The actor, who holds an economics degree in Denmark, is also known to have appeared in the Disney film D2: The Mighty Ducks.

 

Not many people are aware of the fact that Norgaard is famous as the face of the Norwegian oil company Statoil in Ireland.

 

This is because he participated in their television advertisements during the 1990s.

 

 

18. Magnus Bruun

 

Magnus Bruun

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 3, 1984
Place of Birth Hillerød, Denmark
Height 184 centimeters
Debut Year 2007
Debut Film De unge år: Erik Nietzsche sagaen del 1

 

Magnus Bruun is a Danish screen actor who is known to film buffs worldwide for his adroit portrayal of Cnut of Northumbria in the television series The Last Kingdom.

 

Also known for having represented the male version of Eivor in the video game Assassin's Creed Valhalla, he made his acting debut by playing a role in the 2007 motion picture De unge år: Erik Nietzsche sagaen del 1.

 

It is safe to say that both his Viking-like appearance and Danish being his mother tongue helped him play the character in The Last Kingdom in the most amazing manner possible.

 

It continues to be the character he is best recognized for to date.

 

 

17. Thure Frank Lindhardt

 

Thure Frank Lindhardt

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 24, 1974
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 1987
Debut Film Negerkys og labre larver

 

Thure Frank Lindhardt, who got his education from the drama school at Odense Theatre, made his acting debut in 1987.

 

Even though he made his screen debut at the young age of 12, his breakthrough performance came in a film called A Place Nearby, in which he was seen playing the part of a boy with autism.

 

The year 2012 saw him getting nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor and Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for his performance in Keep the Lights On.

 

The aforementioned flick premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

 

16. Ulrich Thomsen

 

Ulrich Thomsen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 6, 1963
Place of Birth Odense, Denmark
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 1993
Debut Television Film Slaget på tasken

 

Ulrich Thomsen is known to have studied acting at the National Drama School in Copenhagen from 1989 to 1993.

 

The actor, who made his small screen debut in 1993, was seen in the full-length feature film Nattevagten the very next year.

 

After having graduated from the National Drama School, he was seen in several theatrical plays.

 

Thomsen got to play his breakout role in the 1998 film The Celebration. His performance in the movie made him popular outside his native country as well.

 

Soon enough, he was seen participating in the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough and Killing Me Softly as well.

 

 

15. Nils Asther

 

Nils Asther

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 17, 1897
Place of Birth Hellerup, Denmark
Height 184 centimeters
Debut Year 1916
Debut Film Vingarne

 

Nils Anton Alfhild Asther, who was best known as Nils Asther, made his professional acting debut during the mid-1910s.

 

Born in Denmark, he was predominantly a Swedish actor who was active in Hollywood until the mid-1950s.

 

Often, he was referred to as "the male Greta Garbo" by industry insiders. Not many people know that he had even proposed to Greta Garbo in 1929.

 

Asther is remembered today for his two silent films, namely The Single Standard and Wild Orchids.

 

He also starred in the Frank Capra directorial venture The Bitter Tea of General Yen.

 

 

14. Poul David Reichhardt

 

Poul David Reichhardt

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 2, 1913
Place of Birth Ganløse, Denmark
Height 182 centimeters
Debut Year 1931
Debut Film I Kantonnement

 

Poul David Reichhardt was a talented actor who made his acting debut in a 1931 feature film, titled I Kantonnement.

 

Even though he was seen playing serious roles in the latter part of his career, it was his performance in the Danish comedies of the 1940s and 1950s that fetched him fame.

 

For close to three decades, Reichhardt managed to charm his Danish fans by making his presence felt both in the films and on stage.

 

 

13. Kim Bodnia

 

Kim Bodnia

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 12, 1965
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 178 centimeters
Debut Year 1989
Debut Film En afgrund af frihed

 

Kim Bodnia, who loves to play quintessential macho men in the movies, has been working since the second half of the 1980s.

 

The actor enjoys paintings and other forms of art and is perhaps best known for his role as police detective Martin Rohde in the Scandinavian crime drama series, titled The Bridge.

 

It'd be safe to assert that Bodnia found further fame by portraying the drug dealer Frank in Nicolas Winding Refn's 1996 directorial debut Pusher.

 

However, today, he is recognized as Konstantin from Phoebe Waller-Bridge's spy thriller television series Killing Eve.

 

For his performance in the aforementioned show, he received a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor.

 

 

12. Claes Kasper Bang

 

Claes Kasper Bang

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 28, 1967
Place of Birth Odense, Denmark
Height 194 centimeters
Debut Year 1998
Debut Film On Our Own

 

This actor and musician have been an active performer within the Danish entertainment industry ever since he made his feature film debut in 1998.

 

He is best known for portraying the part of Christian in Ruben Östlund's 2017 motion picture, titled The Square, which ended up earning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

For his character play in the aforementioned movie, he officially became the first Dane in cinema history to have ever won the European Film Award for Best Actor.

 

Of late, Bang has been seen playing a role in filmmaker Robert Eggers's acclaimed epic historical action thriller, The Northman.

 

He found further fame by playing Count Dracula in the BBC/Netflix series, titled Dracula.

 

 

11. David Dencik

 

David Dencik

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 31, 1974
Place of Birth Stockholm, Sweden
Height 175 centimeters
Debut Year 2003
Debut Film Reconstruction

 

David Dencik, who was born Karl David Sebastian, made his professional acting debut in the 2003 motion picture Reconstruction.

 

Besides acting in both Swedish and Danish feature films, he has also had significant roles to play in English-language movies and television shows.

 

Some of his better performances came in projects such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Top of the Lake, McMafia, Chernobyl, and No Time to Die.

 

Dencik, who has won two Robert Awards so far, is also a seven-time Bodil Award nominee.

 

 

10. Nikolaj Lie Kaas

 

Nikolaj Lie Kaas

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 22, 1973
Place of Birth Rødovre, Denmark
Height 187 centimeters
Debut Year 1991
Debut Film The Boys from St. Petri

 

Nikolaj Lie Kaas graduated from the National Theater School in Denmark in 1998. However, he had started his rise within the film industry even before he got his graduation degree.

 

The actor, who made his feature film debut in 1991's The Boys from St. Petri, was called one of European film's "Shooting Stars" by European Film Promotion.

 

He has received the Robert Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role twice; the first time in 2002 and again in 2012.

 

Kaas is also known to have hosted the Zulu Comedy Galla on Danish TV in 2009, 2011, and 2012, respectively.

 

 

9. Pilou Asbæk

 

Pilou Asbæk

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 2, 1982
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 183 centimeters
Debut Year 2008
Debut Film Worlds Apart

 

Johan Philip Pilou Asbæk, who is better known as Pilou Asbæk, made his acting debut in a feature film, titled Worlds Apart, in 2008.

 

He is recognized for his character play of a disturbed spin doctor Kasper Juul in the Danish television political drama Borgen.

 

His performance in the aforementioned show was praised by critics. Having said that, Asbæk gained further fame after playing the part of Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.

 

The actor is also known to have featured in motion pictures such as R, Lucy, A Hijacking, and Sex, Drugs & Taxation, to mention a few.

 

 

8. Lars Dittmann Mikkelsen

 

Lars Dittmann Mikkelsen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 6, 1964
Place of Birth Gladsaxe, Denmark
Height 192 centimeters
Debut Year 1995
Debut Television Film Mappen

 

Lars Dittmann Mikkelsen was first seen making an appearance in a few television movies and shows before making a name for himself on the big screen.

 

A recipient of the Reumert Prize of Honour in 2011, he is best known for his performances in shows such as The Killing, House of Cards, Star Wars Rebels, and the acclaimed BBC drama Sherlock.

 

Even though he is proudly Danish, Mikkelsen is known to be fluent in Swedish, German, and English languages as well.

 

 

7. Dirch Hartvig Passer

 

Dirch Hartvig Passer

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 18, 1926
Place of Birth Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 192 centimeters
Debut Year 1947
Debut Film Sikken en nat

 

Hailed by many as the greatest Danish comedian ever, Dirch Hartvig Passer started his career in the motion picture industry in 1947.

 

Greatly renowned for his terrific improvisational skills, he participated in more than 100 television and film projects throughout his illustrious career.

 

Needless to say, he went on to establish himself as one of the most prolific stars in the history of Danish cinema.

 

Passer, who was either seen playing antiheroes or crazy "Everymen" in most of his flicks, was adored by the audience during his heyday.

 

His viewers endorsed everything that he said or did in his various cinematic endeavors.

 

 

6. Jean Hersholt

 

Jean Hersholt

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 12, 1886
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 1915
Debut Film The Disciple

 

Jean Pierre Carl Buron Hersholt, who was known professionally as Jean Hersholt, was seen in quite a few short films before finding an uncredited role to play in the 1915 feature The Disciple.

 

President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1945 to 1949, he is perhaps best remembered for starring in the radio series Dr. Christian.

 

Also known for his character play in the 1937 flick Heidi, the performer featured in about 75 silent movies and 65 sound films throughout the course of his career.

 

Hersholt received two honorary awards from the Academy for his contributions to the industry; first in 1940 and the second time in 1950.

 

 

5. Jesper Christensen

 

Jesper Christensen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 16, 1948
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 1973
Debut Television Film Gi' så mor et kys - det er bare sagen

 

Jesper Christensen, who is the first actor to have played the same villain in more than two James Bond flicks, has been a part of the entertainment industry ever since the beginning of the 1970s.

 

A true veteran of European cinema, he has also been seen in several English-language productions.

 

Christensen has appeared in over 140 television and film credits thus far but he is perhaps best remembered for having portrayed an enigmatic villain in the James Bond films Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Spectre.

 

The actor has been a recipient of four Bodil Awards in his home country.

 

 

4. Giancarlo Esposito

 

Giancarlo Esposito

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 26, 1958
Place of Birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 171 centimeters
Debut Year 1979
Debut Film Running

 

Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito, who is better known as Giancarlo Esposito, is one of the most talented celebrities in the history of Danish motion pictures.

 

The actor made his feature film debut in 1979's Running and is best recognized for his tough character projection of Gus Fring in one of the greatest television series of all time, Breaking Bad.

 

Esposito has also featured in a number of Spike Lee directorial ventures such as Malcolm X, School Daze, and Do the Right Thing.

 

Some of the actor's best performances came in television shows such as Better Call Saul, The Boys, Dear White People, and Once Upon a Time.

 

 

3. Nikolaj William Coster-Waldau

 

Nikolaj William Coster-Waldau

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 27, 1970
Place of Birth Rudkøbing, Denmark
Height 188 centimeters
Debut Year 1993
Debut Television Film Slaget på tasken

 

This incredibly talented and popular Danish actor and producer graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen in 1993.

 

In the very same year, he was seen making an appearance on the television film Slaget på tasken.

 

However, he found fame after having featured in the thriller film Nightwatch in 1994. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is best known for his outstanding portrayal of Jaime Lannister in the blockbuster HBO series, titled Game of Thrones.

 

For his performance in the aforementioned show, he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

 

The actor also stunned the viewers with his remarkable character projection in the crime drama film Shot Caller.

 

 

2. Viggo Mortensen

 

Viggo Mortensen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 20, 1958
Place of Birth Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
Height 180 centimeters
Debut Year 1984
Debut TV Show George Washington

 

Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr., who is known popularly as Viggo Mortensen, was born and raised in the State of New York to a Danish father and American mother.

 

Besides being a superb mainstream actor, he is also a writer, director, producer, musician, and multimedia artist.

 

The Green Book star made his professional acting debut in a television show, titled George Washington, in 1984.

 

Mortensen, who has also lived in Argentina during his childhood, is no stranger to new languages.

 

Aside from English, he is known to be fluent in Danish, Spanish, Italian, French, and Arabic languages.

 

Some of his finest performances came in feature films such as The Road, Captain Fantastic, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and The Lord of the Rings franchise.

 

 

1. Mads Dittman Mikkelsen

 

Mads Dittman Mikkelsen

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 22, 1965
Place of Birth Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 183 centimeters
Debut Year 1996
Debut Film Pusher

 

One of Denmark's most famous actors to have ever faced the camera, Mads Mikkelsen made his full-length feature film debut in 1996's Pusher.

 

He was known to have been both a competent dancer and gymnast before the first two installments of the Pusher film series fetched him fame as a mainstream performer.

 

Quite literally the face of the resurgent Danish cinema, Mikkelsen has been seen making his undeniable presence felt in Hollywood productions as well.

 

While he gained worldwide recognition after having appeared in the smash-hit James Bond film Casino Royale, he consolidated his position by starring in other television and film projects such as Hannibal and Doctor Strange, respectively.

 

For his performance in the critically acclaimed Danish movie The Hunt, the actor won a Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award.

 

He was recently seen in titles such as Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and Another Round.

 

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