Famous Swedish Actors

Find out more about the greatest Swedish Actors, including Alicia Vikander, Dolph Lundgren, Stellan Skarsgård, Max von Sydow and Rebecca Ferguson.

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Alexander Skarsgård
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Birthdate: August 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Alexander Skarsgård is a Swedish actor best known for his portarayal of Perry Wright in the American drama television series Big Little Lies, which earned him a Golden Globe Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics' Choice Television Award. Alexander Skarsgård has also played important roles in popular films like Zoolander and Godzilla vs. Kong.

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Bill Skarsgard
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Birthdate: August 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vällingby, Stockholm, Sweden

Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård is best known for portraying Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the supernatural horror film It. Even though he has acted in a few comedy films, he prefers roles in horror films. The son of actor Stellan Skarsgård, he was introduced to acting at a young age and decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.

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Stellan Skarsgård
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Birthdate: June 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

One of the most decorated and popular Swedish actors of all time, Stellan Skarsgård has made quite an impact in Hollywood. Skarsgård is also known for his interesting take on religion. A non-religious artist, he condemns the Bible and the Quran as violent. In 2009, he joined other non-religious personalities in writing an article explaining the importance of secularity.

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Dolph Lundgren
(Starred in Rocky IV as The Imposing Soviet Boxer 'Ivan Drago')

Dolph Lundgren
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Birthdate: November 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Spånga, Sweden

Swedish actor, Dolph Lundgre,n is mainly known as an action hero. He gained recognition with the 1985 Hollywood film Rocky IV and then went on to do many action and thriller movies like Joshua Tree, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Bridge of Dragons, Universal Soldier, Diamond Dogs and The Expendables. He has also directed several films like Missionary Man and Icarus.

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Joel Kinnaman
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Birthdate: November 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Joel Kinnaman is an actor who holds Swedish and American citizenships. He has played important roles in popular films like RoboCop and Suicide Squad. He has also been a household name in the United States for many years with portrayals of prominent roles in TV series like House of Cards.

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Gustaf Skarsgard
(Film actor)

Gustaf Skarsgard
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Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Gustaf Skarsgard is a Swedish actor best known for his association with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm where he has performed in many of Shakespeare’s, Söderberg’s and Chekhov's works. The son of popular actor Stellan Skarsgård, Gustaf has also played important roles in popular films like Evil, The Way Back, and Kon-Tiki.

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Max von Sydow
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Birthdate: April 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lund, Sweden
Died: March 8, 2020

Max von Sydow was a Swedish actor and director. In an illustrious career spanning seven decades, Max contributed immensely to American and European cinema, theatre, and television. He appeared in 11 of Ingmar Bergman's films, including The Seventh Seal, which houses the iconic scene where Max's character challenges the personification of Death to a game of chess.

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Peter Stormare
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Birthdate: August 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden
Actor, musician, and theater director Peter Stormare is best known as John Abruzzi from Prison Break. He has also appeared in films such as Minority Report, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Fargo. He is also a skilled voice actor who has appeared in video games such as Destiny.

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Michael Nyqvist
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Birthdate: November 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 27, 2017
Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist is best remembered as Daniel Daréus from the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film-nominated movie As It Is in Heaven. He also played significant roles in the series Beck and Millennium, and the film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. He died of lung cancer at 56.

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Valter Skarsgård
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Birthdate: October 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sweden
Swedish actor Valter Skarsgård, son of iconic actor Stellan Skarsgard, is known for films such as Portkod 1321 and Black Lake. Fans loved him as Jon in the Arn movie franchise and TV series. He also live-streams video games such as Rainbow Six: Siege and Rocket League on Twitch.

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Mikael Persbrandt
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Birthdate: September 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jakobsberg, Sweden

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Ola Rapace
(Actor)

Ola Rapace
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Birthdate: December 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tyresö, Stockholm, Sweden

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Fares Fares
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Birthdate: April 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

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Svante Thunberg
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Birthdate: June 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boo, Sweden

Svante Thunberg is a Swedish actor, producer, and writer. He is married to opera singer Malena Ernman and has two daughters, Greta and Beata. Greta is a prominent climate activist, who first rose to worldwide prominence when she initiated the school strike for climate. Svante accompanies his daughter on her sailing expeditions to UN climate summits. 

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Martin Wallström
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Birthdate: July 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uddevalla, Sweden

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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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Marcus Schenkenberg
(Actor, Model)

Marcus Schenkenberg
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Birthdate: August 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Solna, Sweden

Marcus Schenkenberg is a Swedish actor, television personality, model, and singer. Although he is best known for appearing in Calvin Klein advertisements, Schenkenberg is also famous for modeling for designers like Giorgio Armani, Versace, and Donna Karan. Schenkenberg is also a writer; he released a book titled Marcus Schenkenberg: New Rules in 1997.

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Matias Padin Varela
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Birthdate: June 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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Olof Thunberg
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Birthdate: May 21, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Västerås, Västmanlands län, Sweden
Died: February 24, 2020

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Josef Fares
(Film director)

Josef Fares
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Birthdate: September 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

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Bjorn Andresen
(Film actor)

Bjorn Andresen
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Birthdate: January 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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Sverrir Gudnason
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Birthdate: September 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lund, Skåne län, Sweden

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Warner Oland
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Birthdate: October 3, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bjurholm Municipality, Sweden
Died: August 6, 1938

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Felix Sandman
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Birthdate: October 25, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Värmdö, Stockholm County, Sweden

Felix Sandman is a Swedish singer, actor, and songwriter. He is best known for his association with the popular boy band FO&O. Sandman's popularity increased in 2019 when he became part of the main cast of Quicksand, the first Swedish Netflix series.

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Adam Pålsson
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Birthdate: March 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Österhaninge, Stockholm, Sweden

Thomas W. Gabrielsson
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Birthdate: June 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

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Rolf Lassgård
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Birthdate: March 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Östersund, Sweden

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Tomas Alfredson
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film editor, Actor, Director)

Tomas Alfredson
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Birthdate: April 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lidingö

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Anton Körberg
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Birthdate: September 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Dietrich Hollinderbäumer
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Birthdate: August 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Essen, Germany

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Edvin Endre
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Birthdate: July 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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Jens Hultén
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Birthdate: December 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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Daniel Lundh
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Malmö, Sweden

Daniel Lundh is a Franco-Swedish writer and actor. He is best known for his portrayal of a troubled youth in the 2007 film Délice Paloma, which earned him a César Award nomination under the Most Promising Actor category. Daniel Lundh achieved fame outside Sweden when he played Juan Belmonte in the 2011 fantasy comedy film Midnight in Paris.

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Krister Henriksson
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Birthdate: November 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grisslehamn, Sweden

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Jean-Pierre Barda
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Birthdate: March 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

Born in Paris, France, the Swedish Israeli singer Jean-Pierre Barda became known as one of the founding members of the Swedish dance pop group Army of Lovers. As part of the group, he gave several hit numbers like Crucified and Israelism (lead singer). He is also a hair-dresser and make-up artist and has appeared in several films and television shows.

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Björn Gustafsson
(Comedian, Actor known for best for his work in the satirical game show Parlamentet)

Björn Gustafsson
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Birthdate: February 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

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Victor Sjöström
(Film Director)

Victor Sjöström
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Birthdate: September 20, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Årjäng, Sweden
Died: January 3, 1960

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Jonas Karlsson
(Actor, Author)

Jonas Karlsson
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Birthdate: March 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salem, Sweden

Hailed as one the most popular Swedish actors, known for his success both on stage and screen, Jonas Karlsson first took up the pen to write a play. Enthused by the praise he received from the critics and audiences alike, he began writing fictions, starting with a collection of stories before publishing several novels like The Perfect Friend, Invoice etc.  

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Erland Josephson
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Birthdate: June 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 25, 2012

Swedish actor Erland Josephson is best known for his appearances in films directed by Ingmar Bergman, such as The Magician and Hour of the Wolf. He also appeared in Bergman’s plays such as A Doll's House, taught drama, and penned several novels, scripts, plays, and poems.

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Nils Asther
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Birthdate: January 17, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: October 19, 1981

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Hans Rosenfeldt
(Screenwriter)

Hans Rosenfeldt
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Birthdate: July 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Borås, Sweden

Before venturing into a writing career, Hans Rosenfeldt had been a sea lion keeper, a teacher, a driver, and an actor. Now known for creating series such as The Bridge and Marcella, he has also co-written several crime novels, such as The Secret, with his friend and co-author Michael Hjorth.

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Henrik Norlén
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Birthdate: September 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karlstad, Sweden

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Bjorn Bengtsson
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Birthdate: October 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malmö, Sweden

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Peter Andersson
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Birthdate: February 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

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Örjan Ramberg
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Birthdate: February 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

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Johannes Bah Kuhnke
(Actor, Singer)

Johannes Bah Kuhnke
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Birthdate: April 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Strömsund, Sweden

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Peter Haber
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Birthdate: December 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Åhus, Sweden

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Björn Granath
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Birthdate: April 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Örgryte, Sweden
Died: February 5, 2017

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Jacob Wallenberg
(Entrepreneur, Banker)

Jacob Wallenberg
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Birthdate: January 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm

Jacob Wallenberg is a Swedish industrialist and banker best known for his service as the Chairman of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken from 1998 to 2005. He is currently serving as a board member for many prominent companies in Sweden.

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Kåre Hedebrant
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Birthdate: June 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden