Kim Bodnia (born 12 April 1965) is a Danish actor, writer, and director. He became widely known for his role as police detective Martin Rohde in the Scandinavian crime drama series The Bridge. He is also known for playing the lead role in Nicolas Winding Refn's directorial debut Pusher.
Bodnia in May 2012
|Born||12 April 1965|
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Lotte Andersen (divorced)|
Rikke Louise Andersson
In 2009, Bodnia won the 62nd Bodil Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and in 2014 he won the Monte-Carlo Television Festival Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. In 2018, he was cast as Konstantin in the BBC America spy thriller series Killing Eve, for which he was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2019.
Bodnia was born in Copenhagen on 12 April 1965 and grew up in Espergærde. He comes from a Jewish family with Polish and Russian ancestry. In 2014, he described himself as "half-Russian, half-Polish and all Jewish". When asked in 2011 whether religion had been an important aspect of his life, he said, "No, but I believe in nature."
Bodnia admitted that he was not a particularly good student as a child, describing himself as a "clown" who was reluctant to study. His main interest was in athletics, particularly the 100 metres and the long jump, in which he was the Zealand youth champion for several years. He aspired to become a football goalkeeper, but a foot injury prevented him from pursuing this career.
As a student at Espergærde Ungdomsskole, Bodnia joined the theatre group, performing mainly in comic roles. When he was 16, his mother suggested he apply for a place at the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance. His first application failed, but he gained entry on his second attempt a year later in 1987.
In his film debut En Afgrund af frihed (An Abyss of Freedom) (1989) he played a small supporting role as a bouncer. One of his first roles after graduation in 1991 was as Patrick Bateman in a stage version of American Psycho, and he was subsequently often typecast as violent, brutal characters. Bodnia's first leading role in a film was in Bulldozer (1993), directed by Maria Sødahl. His breakout role came a year later in Ole Bornedal's horror film Nightwatch (1994).
Despite this success it was two years before his next film, Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher (1996), and then Winding Refn's Bleeder (1999). He has since appeared in Terribly Happy (2008), and in three Lasse Spang Olsen films: In China They Eat Dogs (1999) and its sequel Old Men in New Cars (2002), and in Den Gode Strømer (2004), which he co-wrote with the director. Bodnia has also appeared in several Norwegian films, including Himmelfall (2002), Monstertorsdag (2004), and Tomme Tønner (2010). He appeared in the 2011 Indian English comedy film Delhi Belly playing a Russian smuggler. In 2014 he appeared as the eponymous Iranian interrogator Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart. As to his role, he said: "It was a tough job because I'm Jewish. I'm playing a guy who really hates me and wants to destroy my country."
Bodnia has become internationally known for his television roles. He made his first appearance in the historical mini-series Snapphanar in 2006. He appeared in three episodes of the first season of the crime series The Killing (2007) (Danish: Forbrydelsen), and in two episodes of the comedy drama Hvor fanden er Herning? ("Where the hell is Herning?") (2009), before returning to crime series, appearing in episodes of the Swedish Kommissarie Winter (2010), Den som dræber ("Those Who Kill") (2011), and the German/Swedish Der Kommissar und das Meer ("The Inspector and the Sea") (2012).
In 2009 he won the 62nd Bodil Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2014 he won the Monte-Carlo Television Festival Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.
Bodnia played the Danish detective Martin Rohde in the first two series of the Nordic noir crime television programme The Bridge (Broen|Bron) (2011–present). Created and written by Hans Rosenfeldt, it is a joint creative and financed production between Sweden's Sveriges Television and Denmark's DR. It has been shown in over 100 countries. Although Bodnia signed for the third series, he dropped out, reportedly unhappy with the development of his character. He also voiced concerns in an interview about working in Malmö, due to the city's problems with anti-semitism, which had made his decision to leave the series easier. He said: "it’s not very nice and comfortable to be there as a Jewish person."
In 2001 Bodnia co-wrote and directed the short film Escape - Flugten fra ensomheden ("Escape - Flight from loneliness"). In early 2014 he directed readings of The Tailor's Tale, a play based on his Jewish grandfather's experience of life in Copenhagen under Nazi occupation, written by his cousin Alexander Bodin Saphir, and performed at the Scandinavia House–The Nordic Center in America in New York.
Bodnia has been married twice, first to actress Lotte Andersen, with whom he has a son, and currently to actress Rikke Louise Andersson, with whom he has two sons and a daughter.
|1989||En Afgrund Af Frihed||Bouncer|
|1997||Den Sidste Viking||Sigbard|
|In China They Eat Dogs||Harald|
|2002||Old Men In New Cars: In China They Eat Dogs II||Harald|
|2004||Den Gode Strømer||Jens||Also co-writer|
|2006||The Journals of Knud Rasmussen||Peter Freuchen|
|Frygtelig Lykkelig||Jørgen Buhl|
|2009||Vølvens Forbandelse||Harald Blåtand|
|2010||Caroline: Den Sidste Rejse||Johan|
|Min Bedste Fjende||Dansklærer|
|Sandheden Om Mænd||Johnny|
|2011-2013||The Bridge (Broen|Bron)||Martin Rohde||Series 1 & Series 2|
|2011||Tomme Tønner 2 - Det Brune Gullet||Dansken|
|[[[Delhi_Belly_(film)|Delhi Belly (film)]]||Vladimir Dragunsky|
|2012||Caroline: Den sidste rejse||Johan|
|Love Is All You Need||Leif|
|Mamma er en superhelt||Axel||Short film|
|Rendezvous in Kiruna||John - le biker|
|2013||All for Two||William Lynge|
|The Shooter||Rasmus Holm Jensen|
|The Stranger Within||Masked Kidnapper|
|A Very Unsettled Summer||Alex|
|Delhi Belly||Vladimir Dragunsky|
|The Veil of Twilight||Bergtor|
|2018||The Violin Player||Björn Darren|
|2018–present||Killing Eve||Konstantin Vasiliev|
|2019||One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk||The Boss|
|2020||The Letter for the King||Abbot
|2021||The Witcher||Vesemir||TV Series (Season 2)|
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- "Danish TV star says anti-Semitism made him uncomfortable in Sweden". Jerusalem Post. 17 February 2016.
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