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Andero Ermel (born 6 August 1976) is an Estonian stage, film, television, and voice actor.

Andero Ermel
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Born (1976-08-06) 6 August 1976 (age 43)
NationalityEstonian
OccupationActor
Years active1996 – present
Partner(s)Külli Teetamm (ex-partner)
Children2

Early life and educationEdit

Andero Ermel was born in Tartu. His father was Meelis Ermel and his mother's maiden name was Uibopuu. He has two siblings. He attended Rõngu Secondary School, graduating in 1994, before enrolling and being accepted into the EMA Higher Drama School (now, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre), where he graduated from in 1998. Among his graduating classmates were Tiit Sukk, Hilje Murel, Veikko Täär, Harriet Toompere, Liina Vahtrik, and Jan Uuspõld.[1][2]

Stage careerEdit

In 1998, Ermel was offered a position as an actor at the Tallinn City Theatre where he is still currently engaged. He made his stage debut at the theatre as Jimmy in a 1998 production of Brecht and Weill's The Threepenny Opera. During his engagement at the Tallinn City Theatre Ermel has appeared in over thirty roles in productions of works by such varied international authors and playwrights as: Shakespeare, Ibsen, Dostoyevsky, Yeats, Evelyn Waugh, Anton Chekhov, Thomas Mann, and Mark Twain, among others. Roles in productions of works by Estonian authors and playwrights include those of: Paavo Piik, Jaan Tätte, Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Arthur Valdes, and Eduard Vilde, among several others.[3][4]

Ermel has appeared onstage as an actor at several other theatres in Estonia, including the Emajõe Summer Theatre in Tartu, and the Vanalinnastuudio, the Estonian National Opera, and the Estonian National Puppet Theatre (NUKU) in Tallinn.[5]

Film and televisionEdit

Ermel's feature film debut was as the voice of Tim in the Heiki Ernits and Janno Põldma directed animated children's film Lepatriinude jõulud for Eesti Joonisfilm in 2001. This was followed in 2006 by the voice role of Bruno in the Ernits and Põldma directed animated children's film Leiutajateküla Lotte, also for Eesti Joonisfilm. Leiutajateküla Lotte and sequel films and their characters proved so popular in Estonia that a theme park, Lottemaa, was subsequently opened in Reiu, Pärnu County, Estonia. The following year, when director Peeter Simm cast Latvian singer and actor Renārs Kaupers as Caesar in his biographical drama Georg, which chronicles the life of Estonian singer Georg Ots, Ermel provided the vocal dubbing.[6][7]

In 2013, Andero Ermel voiced the character of Guard in the Mait Laas directed 3D animated opera film Lisa Limone ja Maroc Orange: Tormakas armulugu; a social critique of African illegal immigrants fleeing to Europe and focusing on Maroc, a refugee boy who is an orange who falls in love with local lemon girl Lisa. Ermel has also provided the Estonian language dubbing for several animated foreign films; in 2013, he voiced both the speaking and singing role of Hans in the American Walt Disney Pictures 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film Frozen (retitled in Estonian as Lumekuninganna ja igavene talv).[8]

In 2015, he played the role of Oskar Lepik in the Elmo Nüganen directed war film 1944. The film is set in World War II and is shown through the eyes of Estonian soldiers who had to choose sides and thus fight against their fellow countrymen. It was selected as the Estonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[9]

Anero Ermel's television debut was in the 1998 Vilja Palm directed Eesti Televisioon (ETV) teleplay Koor minu kohvis, which was adapted from the Dennis Potter penned Cream in My Coffee. The teleplay featured actors Ita Ever, Mikk Mikiver, and future long-term partner Külli Teetamm.[10] Other television appearances include a guest role of Lauri Moora on the ETV crime series Ohtlik lend in 2007 and as Johann Loor in two episodes of the popular TV3 comedy-crimes series Kättemaksukontor in 2012.[11]

In 2013, Ermel appeared as a celebrity contestant on TV3's Su nägu kõlab tuttavalt, the Estonian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar, in which celebrities are challenged to perform as different iconic music artists every week, chosen by the show's "Randomiser". They are then judged by the panel of celebrity judges. Ermel's impersonations included Hardi Volmer, Amanda Lear, Marko Matvere, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, James Blunt, and Freddie Mercury of Queen, among others. He finished third at series end.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Andero Ermel had been in a long-term relationship with actress Külli Teetamm. They have two sons. In April 2018, Ermel announced that the coupled had separated.[13] Andero currently resides in Tallinn.[14][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Õhtuleht Andero Ermel: "Iseenda peremees olemine on mulle kogu aeg tähtis olnud." 3 September 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  2. ^ Tallinna Linnateater Andero Ermel Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  3. ^ Tallinna Linnateater Andero Ermel Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  4. ^ Rahvusooper Estonia Andero Ermel Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  5. ^ Tallinna Linnateater Andero Ermel Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  6. ^ Eesti Filmi Andmebaas. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  7. ^ Stanford University Libraries. SearchWorks: Leiutajateküla Lotte Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  8. ^ Õhtuleht NÄDALA FILM: „Lumekuninganna ja igavene talv“ 24 January 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  9. ^ Hollywood Reporter Estonia Nominates '1944' for Foreign-Language Category 14 September 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  10. ^ ETV2.err.ee Telelavastus Sa oled koor minu kohvis (ETV 1998) 24 June 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  11. ^ Õhtuleht „Kättemaksukontori" avapauk: Häidil on killer kannul 8 March 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  12. ^ Postimees Andero Ermel heidab näosaates riided seljast 3 November 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  13. ^ Kroonika Näitlejate armukolmnurk: Külli Teetamme ja Andero Ermeli ligi kakskümmend aastat kestnud kooselu vahele tuli 28aastane Pääru Oja? 13 April 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  14. ^ Postimees Andero Ermel: ma ei taha publikut petta 17 November 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  15. ^ Naistekas Kevad on käes: tuntud eestlased jagavad oma lugusid armumisest ja kallima leidmisest 22 May 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2017.

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