Famous Danish Film & Theater Personalities

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 1 Mads Mikkelsen

Mads Mikkelsen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Mads Mikkelsen is a Danish actor best known for his portrayal of Le Chiffre in the 2006 spy film Casino Royale, which earned him international recognition. One of the most celebrated and decorated Danish actors of his generation, Mads Mikkelsen has received several prestigious awards such as the Bodil Award, European Film Academy Achievement award, and Cannes Film Festival Award.

 2 Giancarlo Esposito

Giancarlo Esposito
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 3 Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rudkøbing, Denmark
After starring in films such as Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau amazed audiences with his iconic two-time Emmy-nominated role of Jaime Lannister in the series Game of Thrones. He first gained fame with the Danish film Nightwatch. He is also a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.
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 4 Connie Nielsen

Connie Nielsen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frederikshavn, Denmark
Danish actor Connie Nielsen is best known for her award-winning role of Lucilla in Gladiator. She also appeared in the film One Hour Photo and in the series Boss and The Following. She played Hippolyta in DC films such as Wonder Woman. Nielsen is a polyglot who speaks eight languages.

 5 Brigitte Nielsen

Brigitte Nielsen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark

Brigitte Nielsen is a Danish actress, singer, model, and reality television personality. She is best known for appearing in popular movies like Red Sonja, Rocky IV, and Cobra. Brigitte Nielsen is also known for her highly publicized marriage and the subsequent divorce with Sylvester Stallone. 

 6 Sandi Toksvig

Sandi Toksvig
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Famous As: Comedian, Writer
Birthdate: May 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Sandi Toksvig is best known as the host of shows such as News Quiz, QI, and The Great British Bake Off. The Women's Equality Party co-founder is also a lesbian icon and has written several children’s and adult books and plays. She hosted a motivational podcast during the COVID-19 lockdown. 
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 7 Lars von Trier

Lars von Trier
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Famous As: Film director
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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 8 Alex Hogh Andersen

Alex Hogh Andersen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Slagelse, Denmark

Alex Høgh Andersen is a Danish actor, photographer, and model. He is best known for his portrayal of Ivar the Boneless in the popular television series Vikings. A multi-talented personality, Alex Høgh Andersen spends his time dancing, singing, fencing, and learning stunts when he is not acting.

 9 Lars Mikkelsen

Lars Mikkelsen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gladsaxe, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars Mikkelsen is a Danish actor best known for playing the Russian president Viktor Petrov in the American series House of Cards on Netflix. As a young man, he began to study biology at the University of Copenhagen but quit midway to pursue a career in entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards, including an International Emmy Award. 

 10 Amanda Collin

Amanda Collin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Denmark

Amanda Collin is a Danish actress best known for playing “Mother” in the HBO Max series Raised by Wolves. As part of the Mungo Park Theatre ensemble, she has acted in many popular plays, including Hamlet. She received both the Robert Award and the Bodil Award for Best Actress for her leading role in the film A Horrible Woman. 

 11 Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn
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Famous As: Film director
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. 

 12 Claes Bang

Claes Bang
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

Claes Bang is a Danish musician and actor known for his portrayal of Christian in the 2017 film The Square. His performance earned him the European Film Award under the Best Actor category, making him the first Dane to receive the award. Bang achieved international recognition in 2020 when he started playing the eponymous role in the TV series Dracula.

 13 Pilou Asbaek

Pilou Asbaek
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Pilou Asbaek is a Danish actor best known for playing Euron Greyjoy in the TV series Game of Thrones. He became active in his high school drama productions and graduated from Denmark's Danish National School of Performing Arts. He began his professional career as a TV actor and eventually entered films as well. He is married to playwright Anna Bro. 

 14 Sidse Babett Knudsen

Sidse Babett Knudsen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Sidse Babett Knudsen is a Danish actress who achieved international prominence for playing important roles in popular TV series like Borgen and Westworld. Widely regarded as one of the top actresses of her generation from Denmark, Knudsen has received several prestigious awards including César Award, Bodil Award, and Jussi Award.

 15 Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hillerød, Denmark

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen is a Danish actress best known for her role as painter Marie Krøyer in the biographical film The Passion of Marie. She received a Robert Award for Best Actress nomination for this portrayal. She is also active on TV and has appeared in Martin Scorsese's HBO television series Vinyl. She made her Broadway debut in 2016. 

 16 Victor Borge

Victor Borge
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 3, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: December 23, 2000

Victor Borge was a Danish-American pianist, conductor, and comedian. He is best remembered for blending comedy and music for which he achieved popularity across Europe and the United States. Recipient of several prestigious awards, Borge received badges of chivalric orders from countries like Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. In 1999, he received the Kennedy Center Honors.

 17 Clara Rugaard

Clara Rugaard
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hellerup, Copenhagen, Denmark

 18 Stephanie Corneliussen

Stephanie Corneliussen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Best known as Joanna Wellick from Mr. Robot, Stephanie Corneliussen was scouted by a modeling agency at 13 and soon won the Supermodel of Scandinavia contest. Apart from being a trained ballet dancer, the openly bisexual Danish actor-model is also vegan and a prominent animal rights activist.

 19 Kim Bodnia

Kim Bodnia
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Famous As: Actor
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.  

 20 Emilie Ullerup

Emilie Ullerup
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish actor Emilie Ullerup is best known as Ashley Magnus from the Canadian series Sanctuary and as Bree O'Brien from Chesapeake Shores. She also appeared in the Signed, Sealed, Delivered series of Hallmark TV films. Her role as Kaitlin Joyce in the series JPod won her a Leo Award.

 21 Morten Andersen

Morten Andersen
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Struer, Denmark

While he experimented with gymnastics and long jump in school, Danish footballer Morten Andersen, also known as the Great Dane, began his stint with football playing for the New Orleans Saints. The seven-time Pro Bowl and the five-time First-team All-Pro retired from NFL after 25 seasons.

 22 Anna Karina

Anna Karina
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Famous As: Actress
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. 

 23 Alba August

Alba August
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 24 Sven-Ole Thorsen

Sven-Ole Thorsen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 25 David Dencik

David Dencik
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Famous As: Actor had major roles in English-language films and series including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Birthdate: October 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

 26 Susanne Bier

Susanne Bier
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: April 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 27 Jesper Christensen

Jesper Christensen
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Famous As: Actor who is widely recognized for his performances in The Interpreter and Revelations
Birthdate: May 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 28 Ejner Johansson

Ejner Johansson
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Famous As: Art Historian
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.

 29 Thomas Vinterberg

Thomas Vinterberg
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Famous As: Film director best known for Another Round which won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
Birthdate: May 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

 30 Sofie Grabol

Sofie Grabol
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark

 31 Christiane Seidel

Christiane Seidel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States

 32 Ulrich Thomsen

Ulrich Thomsen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

 33 Thure Lindhardt

Thure Lindhardt
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 34 Iben Hjejle

Iben Hjejle
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Søborg, Denmark

 35 Linnea Berthelsen

Linnea Berthelsen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gangtok, Sikkim, India

 36 Caroline Fleming

Caroline Fleming
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: vendborg, Denmark

Caroline Fleming is a Danish noble, model, entrepreneur, and TV personality. She was the owner of Valdemar's Castle from 2003 to 2011. She is a direct descendant of the 17th-century naval hero Niels Juel. She has published two cookbooks, launched a perfume series, and appeared in many TV shows. She was once married to banker Rory Fleming.  

 37 Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Nikolaj Lie Kaas
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark

 38 Magnus Bruun

Magnus Bruun
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hillerød, Denmark

 39 Joanna Roth

Joanna Roth
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark

 40 Nukâka Coster-Waldau

Nukâka Coster-Waldau
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Uummannaq, Greenland
Danish-Greenlandic singer/actor Nukâka Coster-Waldau made history when she was placed 19th in the Miss Universe contest in 1990, securing the highest place that Greenland had ever had in the contest. Married to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Game of Thrones fame, she is also a mother of two.

 41 Erik Bruhn

Erik Bruhn
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Famous As: Choreographer
Birthdate: October 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: April 1, 1986

 42 Mille Dinesen

Mille Dinesen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 43 Douglas Sirk

Douglas Sirk
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: January 14, 1987

 44 Natalie Madueno

Natalie Madueno
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 45 Cecilie Thomsen

Cecilie Thomsen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bogø, Denmark

 46 Maria Sten

Maria Sten
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 47 Christian Mortensen

Christian Mortensen
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Famous As: Tailor
Birthdate: August 16, 1882
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: April 25, 1998

 48 Cecilie Stenspil

Cecilie Stenspil
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glostrup, Denmark

 49 Trine Dyrholm

Trine Dyrholm
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

Trine Dyrholm is a Danish singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved national recognition at the age of 14 when she placed third in the popular music competition, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix. Four years later, Trine Dyrholm showcased her acting skills in the movie Springflod, which earned her the prestigious Bodil Award for Best Actress.

 50 Danica Curcic

Danica Curcic
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia