Famous Danish Directors

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Giancarlo Esposito
(Actor and Director Best Known for His TV Series: ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Better Call Saul’)
Giancarlo Esposito
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Birthdate: April 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

The winner of Critics' Choice Television Award, Giancarlo Esposito is known for playing a variety of roles in films and TV series. From portraying drug dealers to policemen, Esposito has proved his versatility in the American film industry. He has also been featured in popular video games, such as Payday 2 and Far Cry 6.

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Lars von Trier
(Director and Screenwriter Known for His Films: ‘Dancer in the Dark’, ‘Breaking the Waves’ and ‘Europa’)
Lars von Trier
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Birthdate: April 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyngby, Denmark

Danish film director and screenwriter Lars von Trier has been active in the entertainment industry for almost four decades. He is known for exploring topics like existential issues, politics, mental health, etc. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Palme d'Or, the Grand Prix, and the Prix du Jury. He has seven Academy Award nominations as well.

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Nicolas Winding Refn
(Director Best Known for His Films: 'Pusher' Trilogy, 'Bronson' and 'Valhalla Rising')
Nicolas Winding Refn
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Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nicolas Winding Refn is a Danish film director and producer. The son of a prominent film director, he made his directorial debut with the Danish crime film Pusher. He made his Hollywood debut with the English-language thriller film, Fear X. He is the co-founder of the Copenhagen-based production company Space Rocket Nation. He is married to actress Liv Corfixen. 

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Anna Karina
(Danish-French Actress Best Known for Her Work With 'French New-Wave' Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard)
Anna Karina
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Birthdate: September 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Solbjerg, Denmark
Died: December 14, 2019

Anna Karina was a Danish-French film actress, singer, and director. She often collaborated with French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard and appeared in many of his films, including My Life to Live and Bande à part. She set up her own production company in 1972 and made her directorial debut with Vivre ensemble. She was also a published author. 

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Kim Bodnia
(Danish Actor Known for His Role as Police Detective 'Martin Rohde' in the TV Series 'The Bridge')
Kim Bodnia
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Birthdate: April 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Kim Bodnia is a Danish actor, writer, and director. He gained much fame for his role as police detective Martin Rohde in the Scandinavian crime drama series The Bridge. His portrayal of drug dealer Frank in the film Pusher earned him international acclaim. He is of Jewish origin and directed the short film Escape—Flugten fra ensomheden.  

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Thomas Vinterberg
(Film director best known for Another Round which won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film)
Thomas Vinterberg
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Birthdate: May 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Susanne Bier
(Film Director)
Susanne Bier
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Birthdate: April 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Ejner Johansson
(Art Historian)
Ejner Johansson
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Birthdate: March 7, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: September 28, 2001

Ejner Johansson was a Danish art historian, writer, magister of art, and documentary film director. He is best remembered for winning the N. L. Høyen Medal in 1998 for his contribution to arts. Ejner Johansson was also a recipient of LO's Culture Prize, which he received in 1984.

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Ulrich Thomsen
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Birthdate: December 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
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Douglas Sirk
(Film director)
Douglas Sirk
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Birthdate: April 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: January 14, 1987
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Maria Sten
(Actress)
Maria Sten
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Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Carl Theodor Dreyer
(Film director)
Carl Theodor Dreyer
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Birthdate: February 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 20, 1968
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Joachim Trier
(film director)
Joachim Trier
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Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Copenhagen
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Torben Ulrich
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Birthdate: October 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

Torben Ulrich is a Danish former professional tennis player turned writer, musician, and filmmaker. As a tennis player, he was the top-ranked senior player in the world in the mid-1970s. He became a writer after retirement and primarily wrote on music, film, athletics, and culture. He eventually founded a New Orleans-type jazz band and made films as well. 

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Nikolaj Arcel
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Nikolaj Arcel
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Birthdate: August 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Rie Rasmussen
(Model and actress known for her appearance in the erotic thriller Femme Fatale)
Rie Rasmussen
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Birthdate: February 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Danish actor-model Rie Rasmussen soared to fame with her role in Femme Fatale. Her French-speaking skills got her a lead role in Angel-A. The first short film under her direction, Thinning the Herd, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2004 Cannes film festival.

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Bille August
(Film director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer)
Bille August
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Birthdate: November 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brede
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Jens Albinus
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Birthdate: January 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bogense, Denmark
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Niels Arden Oplev
(Film director)
Niels Arden Oplev
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Birthdate: March 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oue, Denmark
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Liv Corfixen
(Actress)
Liv Corfixen
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Birthdate: January 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Denmark
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Tobias Lindholm
(Screenwriter)
Tobias Lindholm
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Birthdate: July 5, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Næstved, Denmark
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Lone Scherfig
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Lone Scherfig
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Birthdate: May 2, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Anders Thomas Jensen
(Screenwriter)
Anders Thomas Jensen
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Birthdate: April 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frederiksværk, Denmark
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Paprika Steen
(Actress)
Paprika Steen
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Birthdate: November 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
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David Sakurai
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Birthdate: July 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Born to a Japanese father and a Danish mother, David Sakurai moved from Denmark to Japan at 18, to train in acting. After working in small-time films such as Tokyo G.P., he moved back to Denmark, and worked in films such as Liza, The Fox-Fairy and in series such as Iron Fist.

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Ole Bornedal
(Director)
Ole Bornedal
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Birthdate: May 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nørresundby, Denmark
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Poul Henningsen
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Birthdate: September 9, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ordrup, Denmark
Died: January 31, 1967
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Jorgen Leth
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Birthdate: June 14, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark
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Benjamin Christensen
(Film Director)
Benjamin Christensen
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Birthdate: September 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Viborg, Denmark
Died: April 2, 1959
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Gabriel Axel
(Film Director)
Gabriel Axel
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Birthdate: April 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Århus, Denmark
Died: February 9, 2014
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Michael Noer
(Film Director)
Michael Noer
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Birthdate: December 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Esbjerg, Denmark
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Lars Knutzon
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Birthdate: October 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Johanne Luise Heiberg
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Birthdate: November 22, 1812
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: December 21, 1890
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Henrik Stangerup
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Birthdate: September 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: July 4, 1998
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Hella Joof
(Actress, film director)
Hella Joof
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Birthdate: November 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birkerød, Denmark
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Fenar Ahmad
(Film director known for the award-winning 2010 short film Megaheavy)
Fenar Ahmad
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Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia
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Klaus Pagh
(Actor)
Klaus Pagh
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Birthdate: July 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hørsholm, Denmark
Died: December 8, 2020
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Olaf Fønss
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Birthdate: October 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Århus, Denmark
Died: March 11, 1949
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Bodil Ipsen
(Actress)
Bodil Ipsen
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Birthdate: August 30, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 26, 1964
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Johannes Poulsen
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Birthdate: November 17, 1881
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: October 14, 1938
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Elvira Lind
(Danish Screenwriter and Documentary Film Director)
Elvira Lind
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Birthdate: October 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark