Edda Björgvinsdóttir

Guðbjörg Edda Björgvinsdóttir[1] (born 13 September 1952), better known as Edda Björgvinsdóttir, is an Icelandic actress, comedian, writer, director and motivational speaker.[2] She is best known for playing the titular role of the 1986 comedy classic Stella í orlofi, for playing various characters in the 1986 sitcom Heilsubælið í Gervahverfi, as well as for her work in the annual comedy special Áramótaskaupið, and for numerous other comedic roles in film, television and on stage.

Edda Björgvinsdóttir
Born (1952-09-13) 13 September 1952 (age 69)
TelevisionHeilsubælið í Gervahverfi
Spouse(s)Gísli Rúnar Jónsson (divorced)
ChildrenBjörgvin Franz Gíslason, Robert Oliver Gislason

Early years and educationEdit

Edda was born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1952. When she was about two years old her family moved to the countryside, where her father was the headmaster of a boarding school for troubled boys.[3] She graduated from Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð in 1972. She studied Philosophy at the University of Iceland in 1973 and Roentgen Technology at the Polytechnic School of Reykjavík in 1974. She then studied drama for one year at the United Drama School (Leiklistarskóli Leikhúsanna) from 1974-1975 and furthered her studies at the Icelandic State Drama School and The Icelandic Academy of Arts in Reykjavík from which she graduated with distinction in 1978 with Bachelor of Arts degree in Performing Arts.[4] In 2013 Edda graduated with master's degree in cultural management from Bifröst University.[2][5]


Shortly after graduation Edda made her debut at the National Theatre of Iceland in Reykjavík in Jökull Jakobssons's drama "The Shoemakers Son the Bakers Daughter" praised by critics and audiences alike as one of the most individual and versatile actresses of her generation. She soon turned out to be equally suited to broad comedy and serious drama, a talent which has furnished her with a career of deserved diversity as one of the most sought after talents in the business.[4]

During her rather short spell as a star player in serious dramas at the beginning of her career on stage and television, as well as being a featured leading lady in several epic motion pictures, she addressed audiences during evening performances in the theatre with a variety of classical and contemporary parts, throwing in matinées of family and children's shows, switching into her comedy gear after almost every evening performance, rushing to the nearest comedy club with her stand up routine. The demand for her services as a comedienne increased considerably during the first two years of her career, eventually turning her into a full-time leading force on the comedy circuit in Iceland.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Edda was married to actor and comedian Gísli Rúnar Jónsson. They met in Drama school and got divorced in 2000. Although being divorced they were still best of friends until his death.[6] They had two sons actors Björgvin Franz Gíslason and Róbert Ólíver Gíslason.[7] Edda has two daughters from previous relationships named Eva Dögg and Margrét Ýrr.[5] In 2018, she was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon.[8]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ "Hefur tvisvar verið tekin fyrir of hægan akstur – Edda Björgvins leikkona í Yfirheyrslunni". Hun.is (in is-IS). 2 October 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2016.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  2. ^ a b "Edda Björgvins | Þekkingarmiðlun". thekkingarmidlun.is. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  3. ^ Edda - engum lík, episode 1 of 4, RÚV, documentary broadcast on 12 November 2016
  4. ^ a b c "CV - English version". www.eddabjorgvins.is. Archived from the original on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  5. ^ a b "10.sæti – Edda Björgvinsdóttir | Lýðræðisvaktin". xlvaktin.is. Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Edda Björgvins opnar sig: ,, Ég hef stundum meitt fólk með gríni". Pressan.is. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Róbert Óliver grennti sig, hætti að drekka og flutti til Hollywood: ,,Ég er ofboðslega þakklátur fyrir lífið mitt í dag". Pressan.is. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Fálkaorðan". Forseti Íslands (in Icelandic). Skrifstofa forseta Íslands. 17 June 2018. Archived from the original on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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