Famous Finnish Film & Theater Personalities

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Joonas Suotamo
(Finnish Actor Best Known for Playing 'Chewbacca' in 'Star Wars' Film Series)
Joonas Suotamo
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Birthdate: October 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland

Joonas Suotamo is a Finnish actor and retired basketball player. Although he started his career as a basketball player, Suotamo has gained much popularity for his portrayal of Chewbacca in the famous Star Wars film series. He played the role in movies like The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker.

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George Gaynes
(Actor and Singer Known for His Roles in the TV Series ‘Police Academy’ and Comedy Film ‘Tootsie’)
George Gaynes
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Birthdate: May 3, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland, Russia [now Finland]
Died: February 15, 2016
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Sauli Koskinen
(Television Host)
Sauli Koskinen
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Birthdate: March 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hyvinkää

Finnish TV host Sauli Koskinen soared to fame after winning Big Brother 2007. He has also been a reporter and blogger for Ilta-Sanomat and has hosted his own show, Saulin Paras Kaveri. The openly gay entertainer had dated American singer Adam Lambert for almost 3 years before their split.

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Renny Harlin
(Director)
Renny Harlin
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Birthdate: March 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riihimäki, Finland
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Saara Aalto
(Finnish Voice Actress, Singer, and Songwriter)
Saara Aalto
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Birthdate: May 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oulunsalo, Finland

Saara Aalto is a Finnish voice actress, singer, and songwriter. She achieved national prominence in 2012 when she finished second in the popular reality singing competition, The Voice of Finland. She gained international recognition in 2016 when she finished second in The X Factor UK. Saara Aalto represented her country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Jasper Paakkonen
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Birthdate: July 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Jukka Hilden
(Stunt performer)
Jukka Hilden
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Birthdate: August 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Pihla Viitala
(Actress)
Pihla Viitala
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Birthdate: September 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Peter Franzen
(Finnish Actor, Director and Author Known for Playing 'King Harald Finehair' in the TV-Series 'Vikings')
Peter Franzen
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Birthdate: August 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Keminmaa, Finland

Finnish actor, screenwriter, director and author Peter Franzén is best known for playing King Harald Finehair in historical drama television series Vikings. So far Franzén has featured in more than fifty films and television series. He has won Jussi Award for best actor for the film Dog Nail Clipper. He made his directorial debut with the film Above Dark Water.  

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Aki Kaurismäki
(Finnish screenwriter)
Aki Kaurismäki
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Birthdate: April 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Orimattila
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Jouko Ahola
(Finnish Retired Powerlifter and Strongman Who Won the 1997 World's Strongest Man Competition)
Jouko Ahola
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Birthdate: December 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland

Jouko Ahola is a Finnish retired powerlifter, strongman, and actor. He is best known for winning the 1997 World's Strongest Man competition. He won the competition again in 1999, establishing his supremacy in the powerlifting scene. Since the early 2000s, Jouko Ahola has been focusing on his career as an actor. 

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Ville Virtanen
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Birthdate: August 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
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Irina Bjorklund
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Birthdate: February 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Danderyd Municipality, Sweden
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Vera Jordanova
(Bulgarian-Finnish Model, Actress, and Cookbook Author)
Vera Jordanova
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Birthdate: August 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Vera Jordanova is a Bulgarian-Finnish model, actress, and cookbook author. She is best known for her portrayal of Axelle Rassimov in the 2007 American horror film Hostel: Part II. Vera Jordanova has also been featured on many popular magazines like Maxim, FHM, and Esquire.

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Krista Kosonen
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Birthdate: May 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
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Laura Birn
(Actress)
Laura Birn
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Birthdate: April 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Onni Tommila
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Birthdate: 1999 AD
Birthplace: Porvoo, Finland
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Matleena Kuusniemi
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Birthdate: September 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pusula, Finland
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Anu Sinisalo
(Actress)
Anu Sinisalo
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Birthdate: March 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Anna Falchi
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Birthdate: April 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tampere, Finland
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Taina Elg
(Actress)
Taina Elg
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Birthdate: March 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Lauri Tilkanen
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Birthdate: November 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Karinainen, Finland
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Eero Milonoff
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Birthdate: May 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Ilkka Villi
(Finnish Writer and Actor Best Known for Portraying the Title Role in the Video Game, 'Alan Wake')
Ilkka Villi
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Birthdate: August 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Ilkka Villi is a Finnish writer and actor. He is best known for his work in the action-adventure video game, Alan Wake; he portrays the title role in the game. A versatile actor, Villi has portrayed a variety of roles in film, television, and theatre. He is also known for playing Niko Uusitalo in the crime drama television series, Bordertown.

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Ville Haapasalo
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Birthdate: February 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hollola, Finland
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Paula Vesala
(Finnish Singer-Songwriter and Former Member of the Pop Rock Duo 'PMMP')
Paula Vesala
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Birthdate: December 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kärsämäki, Finland

Finnish singer-songwriter, actress, and playwright Paula Vesala formed the pop rock band PMMP with Mira Luoti. Vesala gained fame with success of the band that spawned hit albums like Kovemmat kädet and Leskiäidin tyttäret and singles like Oo siellä jossain mun before being disbanded. She later started her solo career and also composed songs for other popular Finnish artists.  .  

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Sirpa Lane
(Actress)
Sirpa Lane
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: 1999 AD
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Sara La Fountain
(Finnish-American Celebrity Chef, Reality TV Personality and Cookbook Author)
Sara La Fountain
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Birthdate: April 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Born to a Finnish mother and an American father, celebrity chef Sara La Fountain grew up in Helsinki after her parents’ divorce. Now one of the world’s most-loved chefs, she has also hosted her own cookery shows, such as Avec Sara, and penned culinary books such as à la Sara.

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Mauno Manninen
(Finnish Painter, Poet, and Theatre Director)
Mauno Manninen
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Birthdate: June 26, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: September 14, 1969

Mauno Manninen was a Finnish painter, poet, and theatre director. He is best remembered for founding Intimiteatteri, one of Helsinki's most important theatres from 1949 to 1987. Mauno Manninen is also known as the son of the famous poet Otto Manninen.  

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Pamela Tola
(Actress)
Pamela Tola
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Birthdate: October 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ruotsinpyhtää, Finland
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Jarppi Leppala
(Stunt Performer)
Jarppi Leppala
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Birthdate: August 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seinäjoki, Finland
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Ior Bock
(Tour guide)
Ior Bock
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Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: October 23, 2010
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Kati Outinen
(Actress)
Kati Outinen
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Birthdate: August 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Samuli Edelmann
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Birthdate: July 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pori, Finland
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Elín Petersdóttir
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Birthdate: June 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iceland
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Vesa-Matti Loiri
(Finnish Actor Best Known for His Role as 'Uuno Turhapuro', Whom He Portrayed in 20 Films)
Vesa-Matti Loiri
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Birthdate: January 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Vesa-Matti Loiri is a Finnish actor, comedian, and musician. He is best known for his portrayal of Uuno Turhapuro, a role which he played between 1973 and 2004 in 20 films. Over the course of his career, Vesa-Matti Loiri also recieved several prestigious awards including A Lifetime Achievement Award at the Black Nights Film Festival in 2010.

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Dome Karukoski
(He is considered to be one of Finland's most successful film directors)
Dome Karukoski
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Birthdate: December 29, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nicosia, Cyprus
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Yanti Somer
(Actress)
Yanti Somer
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Birthdate: February 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Mimosa Willamo
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Birthdate: 1994 AD
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
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Matti Pellonpaa
(Finnish Actor and Musician, Who Mostly Appeared in the Films of the 'Kaurismaki Brothers')
Matti Pellonpaa
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Birthdate: March 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: July 13, 1995

Finnish actor and musician Matti Pellonpaa was a radio performer before stepping into acting. Known for his films such as La Vie de Boheme and Dolly and Her Lover, he led a bohemian life and often acted wearing his own clothes. He often appeared in the films of the Kaurismaki brothers.

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Hannu-Pekka Parviainen
(Finnish Snowboarder, Stunt Performer Known for His Stunt Group 'The Dudesons' and Several TV Shows)
Hannu-Pekka Parviainen
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Birthdate: August 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seinäjoki, Finland

Finnish snowboarder and stunt performer Hannu-Pekka Parviainen, better known as HP, soared to fame with his stunt group The Dudesons, which has been featured on major TV shows, such as The Dudesons in America, and The Dudesons Movie, too. He has also been part of the reality show Masked Singer Suomi.

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Anne Marie Pohtamo
(Actress, Model, Beauty pageant contestant)
Anne Marie Pohtamo
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Birthdate: August 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Mikko Leppilampi
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Birthdate: September 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pälkäne, Finland
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Iina Kuustonen
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Birthdate: April 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Vivica Bandler
(Former Theatrical director who founded a theatre in Helsinki and is credited for popularizing avant-garde Finnish theatre)
Vivica Bandler
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Birthdate: February 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: July 30, 2004
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Tapio Rautavaara
(Finnish Singer, Actor, and Athlete)
Tapio Rautavaara
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Birthdate: March 8, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nokia, Finland
Died: September 25, 1979

Tapio Rautavaara was a Finnish singer, actor, and athlete. He is best remembered for winning the gold medal in the javelin throw event at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. A former world champion, Rautavaara also won a bronze medal at the 1946 European Championships in Oslo. As a musician, Rautavaara is credited with inspiring other musicians like Ville Valo.  

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Tommi Korpela
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Birthdate: August 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Jessica Grabowsky
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Birthdate: April 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Siilinjärvi
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Alma Pöysti
(Actress, known for Tove (2020))
Alma Pöysti
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Birthdate: March 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Siri von Essen
(Former Actress who appeared in a number of plays that the Swedish dramatist and writer August Strindberg wrote specifically for her)
Siri von Essen
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Birthdate: August 17, 1850
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Porvoo, Finland
Died: April 22, 1912