Lena Endre (born 8 July 1955) is a Swedish actress of film and television,[1] primarily in the Swedish and Norwegian markets, known for her parts in the Liv Ullmann film Trolösa (2000), and the Millennium series of films (e.g., The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), based on the eponymous trio of Stieg Larsson books. Endre made her English-language debut in 2012, in Paul Thomas Anderson's movie The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Lena Endre
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Endre at the 2013 Guldbagge Award.
Born (1955-07-08) 8 July 1955 (age 67)
Spouse(s)Malte Ekblom
(m. 1979⁠–⁠1981)

Vjeko Benzon
(m. 1982⁠–⁠1985)

Richard Hobert
(m. 2000⁠–⁠2012)
PartnerThomas Hanzon (1988–1998)
Children2 (including Edvin Endre)

Early lifeEdit

Endre was born in Lidingö, Stockholm County to Beryl (née Forsman) and Ants Endre and she has two brothers, she grew up in Härnösand, Ångermanland, and Trollbäcken, Tyresö.[2] Initially, she was studying marine biology[3] before dropping out to work at a record store; she participated in amateur theater during this time.[2] She acted as a part of the Teater Sputnik and Inge Waern's Theatre Studio theater groups in 1979. In 1983, she was accepted to the Stockholm Academy of the Performing Arts.[3]


Endre graduated Stockholm Academy of the Performing Arts in 1986 and had her breakthrough in the Swedish television series The Department Store[3] and Lorry in the 1980s.[2] She left the cast of The Department Store after identifying too closely with her character. Endre was hired by the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 1987.[3] Prior to her role on The Department Store, she had a small part in the film The Inside Man in 1984.[2]

Since then she has acted in a number of television and film productions, primarily in Sweden and Norway.

She is known for her part in the Liv Ullmann film Trolösa (2000),[citation needed] as well as her role as Katarina, the love interest for Wallander in the second TV series of that name.[when?][citation needed] Endre also appeared in two films by Danish director Simon Staho, Dag och Natt (2004) and Himlens Hjärta (2008),[citation needed] for which she was nominated as Best Leading Actress at the Swedish film awards, "Guldbagge".[citation needed] More recently, Endre dramatized the character "Erika Berger," editor of the fictional investigative periodical Millenium in the trilogy of films—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (all 2009)—based on the eponymous trio of Stieg Larsson books.[citation needed]

Endre made her English-language debut in Paul Thomas Anderson's movie The Master, alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Laura Dern.[citation needed]


Lena Endre received a "Guldbagge" (Swedish film award) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1997 and for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2000,[4] and was a host of the same awards in 2006.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Inside Man Astrid
1987 Mio in the Land of Faraway Mrs. Lundin Swedish version; Voice
1987-1988 Varuhuset Ingrid 29 episodes
1988 Vendetta i en etta Eva Short film
The Visitors Sara
Kråsnålen Monika Nilsson 5 episodes
1989 Istanbul Ingrid
Lorry Medverkande 6 episodes
1990 Pelle flyttar till Komfusenbo Mamma
1992 The Best Intentions Frida Strandberg
Sunday's Children Karin Bergman
1993 Den ena kärleken och den andra Tini
Hedda Gabler Hedda Gabler
1994 Yrrol Begravningsdeltagare
1995 Kristin Lavransdatter Eline Ormsdatter
1996 Jerusalem Barbro
Juloratoriet Solveig Nordensson
The Return of Jesus, Part II Unknown role
1997 Expectations Margareta
Run for Your Life Ingrid
Unmarried Couples: A Comedy That Will Break You Up Marie Swedish title: Ogifta par – en film som skiljer sig
In the Presence of a Clown Märta Lundberg
1998 Från regnormarnas liv Hanne Louise Heiberg
Sanna ögonblick Viivi
The Eye Ingrid Swedish Title: Ogat
1999 Fatimas tredje hemlighet Poesikvinnan Short film
Jävla Kajsa Bettan 6 episodes
2000 The Birthday Ingrid
Faithless Marianne
Gossip Rebecca Olsson-Frigårdh
2002 Music for Weddings and Funerals Sara Swedish title: Musikk for bryllup og begravelser
Everybody Loves Alice Anna Swedish title: Alla älskar Alice
2003 Voice of Silence Unknown role Swedish title: Tystnadens röst; Short film
2004 Three Suns Hanna Ride Swedish title: Tre solar
Aftermath Vivi Swedish title: Lad de små børn...
Day and Night Anna Swedish title: Dag och natt
2005 Harry's Daughters Marie Swedish title: Harrys döttrar
2006 Göta kanal 2 – Kanalkampen Vonna
2008 Himlens Hjärta Susanna
2009 Angel Unknown role Uncredited
2009 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Erika Berger Swedish title: Män som hatar kvinnor
The Girl Who Played with Fire Erika Berger Swedish title: Flickan som lekte med elden
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest Erika Berger Swedish title: Luftslottet som sprängdes
2009-2010 Wallander (Swedish TV series) Katarina Ahlsell 13 episodes
2010 Millennium Erika Berger 6 episodes
Limbo Charlotte
2011 With Every Heartbeat Elisabeth Alternative title: Kiss Me; also producer
2012 The Master Mrs. Solstad
Coacherna Carina 5 episodes
2013 Echoes from the Dead Julia Davidsson
2014 Viva Hate Daniel's momma 3 episodes
2015-2016 Acquitted Eva Hansteen Swedish title: Frikjent; 18 episodes
2016 Senses Helen Short film
2017 A Hustler's Diary Lena Swedish title: Måste gitt
Die kleine Figur Louise Trolle af Bonde Short film
Kingsman: The Golden Circle The Queen of Sweden
2020 Min pappa Marianne Eva
Thin Ice Elsa Engström 6 episodes

Further readingEdit

  • Terry Keefe, 2012, "Talking Limbo with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lena Endre," The Hollywood Interview (online), November 19, 2012, see [1], accessed 13 June 2015.
  • Anon., 2012, "Collaborators, Actress: Lena Endre," at Ingmar Bergman Foundation, May 17, 2012, see [2], accessed 12 June 2015.


  1. ^ * "Lena Endre" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Bergqvist, PO. "Lena Endre". The Swedish Film Database. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Lena Endre". Ingmar Bergman. Stiftelsen Ingmar Bergman. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Lena Endre Awards". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

External linksEdit

  • Lena Endre at the Swedish Film Database. (Swedish)