Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (born 13 March 1973) is an American-born Icelandic actor, producer, and screenwriter.[1] He is known for Children, XL, Trapped, Lady Dynamite, and The Deep.

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
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Ólafur at the 2019 WonderCon
Born (1973-03-13) 13 March 1973 (age 47)
OccupationActor, producer, scriptwriter
Years active1998–present
Known forChildren

Early lifeEdit

Ólafur was born in Connecticut. His parents returned to Iceland when he was four years old.[2]


Ólafur graduated from The Icelandic Drama School in 1998. After graduating, he became involved in numerous productions with the National Theatre of Iceland and City Theatre of Reykjavik, also working with various independent theatre groups. He is one of the founders of Vesturport Theatre in Reykjavik.[3]

Ólafur is best known internationally for his role as Andri, the chief of police in a small town in the north of Iceland, in the series Trapped. Baltasar Kormákur, who devised the series, has said that he was chosen because he was not a typical leading man. In the UK, the Guardian TV critic described his performance "as remarkable as the landscape". Ólafur himself said that he based the character on his own father.[2]

In June 2016, Ólafur lip synced in the music video for Winter Sound by the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men.[4]

Ólafur has been cast in AMC's series adaptation of Joe Hill's NOS4A2 as Bing Partridge.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Ólafur is in a relationship with Icelandic dancer Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir. They have two daughters, born in 2010 and 2014.[6]

Awards and nominationsEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (27 September 2012). "APA Signs 'The Deep' Star Olafur Darri Olafsson". Deadline. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Seymour, Tom (24 February 2016). "He's huge, he's hairy – and he's the hottest man in Iceland". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Ólafur Darri Ólafsson". Vesturport.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ OfMonstersAndMenVEVO (10 June 2016). "Of Monsters And Men - Winter Sound (Lyric Video)". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (June 27, 2018). "'NOS4A2': Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull & Ebon Moss-Bachrach Cast In AMC Horror Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  6. ^ Jónasdóttir, Marta María (7 August 2014). "Ólafur Darri og Lovísa eignuðust dóttur" [Ólafur Darri and Lovísa welcome a daughter]. Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Reykjavík. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. ^ "'XL' Leading Man Olafur Darri Olafsson Wins Best Actor at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Trailer)". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. ^ Gallagher, Brian (6 August 2014). "'Last Witch Hunter' Adds 'True Detective' Actor Olafur Darri Olafsson". MovieWeb. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Emerald City (2016) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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