The Leading Men from Northern Europe!

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 11 Nov 2012 | updated - 30 Jul 2017 | Public

Top 25 from all films I've seen. Rules for the Ranking: my personal rating + the imdb rating x votes. Only Actors from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

1. Michael Nyqvist

Actor | Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist in Stockholm, Sweden, it wasn't until he was over a year old when he was finally adopted from the orphanage he had been given to. His father was a lawyer and his mother a writer. It wasn't until he had his first child that he decided to seek out his biological parents. ...

2552 points

2. Alexander Skarsgård

Actor | True Blood

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden and is the eldest son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård. Among his siblings are actors Gustaf Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, and Valter Skarsgård. For most of his formative years, his father was an acclaimed actor in Europe but had not yet ...

1701 points

3. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...

1666 points

4. Mads Mikkelsen

Actor | Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen's great successes parallel those achieved by the Danish film industry since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker.

Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew ...

1345 points

5. Ulrich Thomsen

Actor | Festen

Ulrich Thomsen graduated from The Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in 1993, after which playing on several theaters in Copenhagen, i.e. Dr. Dantes Aveny, Mungo Park and Østre Gasværks Teater. His debut on film was in Ole Bornedal's Nightwatch (1994). Since then a number of ...

1004 points

6. Stellan Skarsgård

Actor | Good Will Hunting

Stellan Skarsgård was born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Gudrun (Larsson) and Jan Skarsgård. He became a star in his teens through the title role in the TV-series Bombi Bitt och jag (1968). Between the years 1972-88 he was employed at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where...

964 points

7. Pål Sverre Hagen

Actor | Kon-Tiki

Pål Sverre Hagen is a Norwegian screen and stage actor. After graduating from the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo in 2003 he has played major roles in both Scandinavian and International films, for which he has received several awards and accolades. He is perhaps best known for his roles in ...

523 points

8. Kim Bodnia

Actor | Pusher

Kim Bodnia is a Danish actor, who was born in Copenhagen in 1965. His ancestry is from Poland and Russia.

Kim Bodnia is educated as an actor at the Copenhagen Theatre school (1988-1991). After an amazing theatre career as an actor and creator of new Danish theatre in Copenhagen, he had his ...

522 points

9. Aksel Hennie

Actor | Max Manus

Aksel Hennie is a Norwegian actor, writer and director. He has acted in a number of successful Norwegian movies, and has received several awards. Hennie grew up in Lambertseter in Oslo. In his late teens he was sentenced for tagging, and became an outcast in the community for confessing to the ...

458 points

10. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Actor | Game of Thrones

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (born 27 July 1970) is a Danish actor, producer and screenwriter. He graduated from the Danish National School of Theatre in Copenhagen in 1993. Coster-Waldau's breakthrough performance in Denmark was his role in the film Nightwatch (1994). Since then he has appeared in ...

436 points

11. Mikael Persbrandt

Actor | Hævnen

Mikael Persbrandt is internationally known for his starring role in the Academy Award winning foreign feature, "In A Better World," directed by Susanne Bier. His performance earned him a 2011 European Film Award nomination for Best Actor.

His interest in acting started when working as an extra in ...

362 points

12. Pilou Asbæk

Actor | Ghost in the Shell

Pilou Asbæk graduated from The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2008. In the same year, he played the leading role in Niels Arden Oplev's drama Worlds Apart. In 2010 he had his breakthrough as the inmate Rune in Lindholm & Noer's prison drama R for which he won the price for Best actor ...

334 points

13. Anders W. Berthelsen

Actor | Italiensk for begyndere

Anders W. Berthelsen was born on September 28, 1969 in Rødovre, Denmark. He is an actor and director, known for Italian for Beginners (2000), King's Game (2004) and What No One Knows (2008). He has been married to Christina Pind since 1999. They have one child.

333 points

14. Gunnar Björnstrand

Actor | Det sjunde inseglet

Being the son of an acting father, Oscar Johanson, it isn't surprising that he wanted to be an actor already as a child. However, he first worked as a baker's apprentice, in a barber shop or in the docks. After the conscription he got his first role, a bit part on the theater Lilla Teatern in ...

263 points

15. Markku Peltola

Actor | Mies vailla menneisyyttä

Markku Peltola was born on July 12, 1956 in Helsinki, Finland as Markku Juhani Peltola. He was an actor, known for The Man Without a Past (2002), Private Eye Vares (2004) and V2: Dead Angel (2007). He died on December 31, 2007 in Kangasala, Finland.

253 points

16. Erland Josephson

Actor | Offret

Erland Josephson, the distinguished Swedish actor best known for his appearance in Ingmar Bergman's films, was born in Stockholm, Sweden on June 15, 1923. Josephson's relationship with Bergman, a long-time friend, began in the late 1930s when they first worked together in the theater.

Although he ...

245 points

17. Peter Gantzler

Actor | Italiensk for begyndere

Peter Gantzler was born on September 28, 1958 in Denmark. He is an actor and director, known for Italian for Beginners (2000), A-klassen (2012) and The Judge (2005).

227 points

18. Johannes Kuhnke

Actor | Turist

Johannes Kuhnke was born as Kjell Dietrich Johannes Kuhnke. He is an actor, known for Force Majeure (2014), Real Humans (2012) and The House That Jack Built (2018). He has been married to Alice Bah since 2003. They have three children.

209 points

19. Søren Malling

Actor | Kapringen

Søren Malling was born in Denmark in 1964 and went to Odense Theatre School from 1988 - 1992.

Malling has appeared in many Danish TV successes such as Unit 1 (2000), The Killing (2007), Borgen (2010-2013). His credits include films as A Royal Affair (2012), A Hijacking (2012), A War (2015), Men & ...

203 points

20. Per Christian Ellefsen

Actor | Elling

Per Christian Ellefsen started his impressive stage career at Sogn og Fjordane's Theatre at the age of 23. In 1980 he became an employee of Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo's New Theatre) where he soon met friend and colleague Sven Nordin. Through the 1980s Nordin drifted into success in television while ...

142 points

21. Preben Lerdorff Rye

Actor | En fremmed banker på

Preben Lerdorff Rye was born on May 23, 1917 in Denmark. He was an actor, known for En fremmed banker på (1959), I gabestokken (1950) and Hans Nielsen Hauge (1961). He died on June 15, 1995 in Denmark.

108 points

22. Henrik Malberg

Actor | Det største i verden

Henrik Malberg was born on December 4, 1873 in Aarhus, Denmark. He was an actor, known for Det største i verden (1921), Præsten i Vejlby (1931) and Kobberbryllup (1933). He died on September 28, 1958 in Denmark.

108 points

23. Emil Hass Christensen

Actor | Støv på hjernen

Emil Hass Christensen was born on January 23, 1903 in Frederiksberg, Denmark. He was an actor, known for Støv på hjernen (1961), Tre piger fra Jylland (1957) and Højt paa en kvist (1929). He was married to Hjørdis Gunnlögsson. He died on January 12, 1982 in Denmark.

108 points

24. Thorkild Roose

Actor | Thorkild Roose

Thorkild Roose was born on October 8, 1874 in Denmark. He was an actor, known for Thorkild Roose (1949), Hendes Ære (1911) and Necklace of the Dead (1910). He died on June 6, 1961 in Denmark.

95 points

25. Hilmir Snær Guðnason

Actor | Brúðguminn

Hilmir Snær Guðnason was born on January 24, 1969 in Reykjavik, Iceland. He is an actor and director, known for White Night Wedding (2008), 101 Reykjavík (2000) and The Seagull's Laughter (2001).

93 points

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