Famous Danish Film & Theater Personalities

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Mads Mikkelsen
(Danish Actor Known for His Role in Films: 'Pusher', 'Casino Royale' and the Series 'Hannibal')
Mads Mikkelsen
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Birthdate: November 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Østerbro, 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.

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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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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
(Actor & Producer Known for His Role as ‘Jaime Lannister’ in the HBO Drama Series ‘Game of Thrones’)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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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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Connie Nielsen
(Danish Actress)
Connie Nielsen
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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.
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Brigitte Nielsen
(Actress and Ex-Wife of Actor Sylvester Stallone)
Brigitte Nielsen
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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. 

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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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Alex Hogh Andersen
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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.

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Lars Mikkelsen
(Danish Actor Known for His Role in the TV Series 'The Killing')
Lars Mikkelsen
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Birthdate: May 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: 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. 

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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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Amanda Collin
(Actress)
Amanda Collin
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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. 

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Claes Bang
(Actor)
Claes Bang
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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.

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Pilou Asbaek
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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. 

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Sidse Babett Knudsen
(Danish Actress Known for Her Portrayal of a Fictional Danish Prime Minister on the Hit TV Series 'Borgen')
Sidse Babett Knudsen
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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.

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Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
(Danish Actress Known for Playing 'Katrine Fønsmark' in the Television Series 'Borgen')
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
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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. 

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Emilie Ullerup
(Danish Actress Best Known for Her TV Series: ‘Sanctuary’ and 'Chesapeake Shores)
Emilie Ullerup
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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.
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Stephanie Corneliussen
(Danish Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Joanna Wellick’ in TV Series ‘Mr. Robot’)
Stephanie Corneliussen
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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.

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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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Clara Rugaard
(Actress)
Clara Rugaard
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Birthdate: December 5, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hellerup, Copenhagen, Denmark
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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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Alba August
(Actress)
Alba August
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Birthdate: June 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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David Dencik
(Actor had major roles in English-language films and series including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011))
David Dencik
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Birthdate: October 31, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Sven-Ole Thorsen
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Birthdate: September 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Peter Madsen
(Engineer)
Peter Madsen
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Birthdate: June 12, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: 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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Susanne Bier
(Film Director)
Susanne Bier
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Birthdate: April 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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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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Jesper Christensen
(Actor who is widely recognized for his performances in The Interpreter and Revelations)
Jesper Christensen
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Birthdate: May 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Bodil Joensen
(Pornographic actress)
Bodil Joensen
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Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hundige, Denmark
Died: January 3, 1985
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Sofie Grabol
(Actress)
Sofie Grabol
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Birthdate: July 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Christiane Seidel
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Birthdate: April 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
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Linnea Berthelsen
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Birthdate: July 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gangtok, Sikkim, India
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Ulrich Thomsen
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Birthdate: December 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
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Thure Lindhardt
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Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Iben Hjejle
(Actress)
Iben Hjejle
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Birthdate: March 22, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Søborg, Denmark
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Caroline Fleming
(Entrepreneur)
Caroline Fleming
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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.  

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Nikolaj Lie Kaas
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Birthdate: May 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark
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Joanna Roth
(Actress)
Joanna Roth
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Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark
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Magnus Bruun
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Birthdate: January 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hillerød, Denmark
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Christian Mortensen
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Birthdate: August 16, 1882
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: April 25, 1998
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Roland Møller
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Birthdate: May 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Odense, Denmark
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Mille Dinesen
(Actress)
Mille Dinesen
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Birthdate: March 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, 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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Erik Bruhn
(Choreographer)
Erik Bruhn
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Birthdate: October 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: April 1, 1986
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Nukâka Coster-Waldau
(Greenlandic Singer and Actress)
Nukâka Coster-Waldau
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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.
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Cecilie Thomsen
(Danish Actress & Model)
Cecilie Thomsen
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Birthdate: October 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bogø, Denmark

Danish actor/model Cecilie Thomsen is known to audiences for her role of Professor Inga Bergstrøm in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. She was trained in dance in her younger days and has also studied dramatic arts. She also appeared in Bryan Adams’s video Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?

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Natalie Madueno
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Birthdate: November 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Maria Sten
(Actress)
Maria Sten
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Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
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Cecilie Stenspil
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Birthdate: October 22, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glostrup, Denmark
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Danica Curcic
(Serbian-Danish Actress Best Known for Her Performance in the Danish Drama Film 'Silent Heart')
Danica Curcic
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Birthdate: August 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia

Danica Curcic is a Serbian-Danish actress best known for her portrayal of Sanne in the 2014 Danish drama film Silent Heart, for which she received the Bodil Award under the Best Actress in a Leading Role category. In 2014, Danica Curcic was also honored at the Berlin International Film Festival with the prestigious Shooting Star Award.

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Jean Hersholt
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Birthdate: July 12, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: June 2, 1956