Mikael Åke Persbrandt (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmîːkaɛl ˈpæ̂ːʂbrant] (listen); born 25 September 1963) is a Swedish actor. In Swedish films, he is perhaps best known for playing Gunvald Larsson in the Beck series of movies. He is internationally known for his starring role in the Academy Award-winning feature, In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier. His performance earned him a 2011 European Film Award nomination for Best Actor. Other parts include the role of Carl Hamilton from the novels by Jan Guillou, Beorn in The Hobbit, as well as Jakob Nyman in the British TV series Sex Education.
Mikael Åke Persbrandt
25 September 1963
|Partner(s)||Maria Bonnevie (1998–2003)|
Sanna Lundell (2005–present)
Persbrandt was born in Jakobsberg, Järfälla Municipality, Stockholm County. He was baptized in the Finnish Church in Gamla stan. Persbrandt has stated that he has ancestry from Åland on his mother's side, and that he thinks his paternal ancestors were Walloons.
He has performed onstage with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and in numerous film and TV roles. Persbrandt is well known for his role as the hardboiled police inspector Gunvald Larsson, in the Beck series of films. He won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a leading role twice, the first in 2009 for Everlasting Moments and the second in 2014 for Nobody Owns Me. In 2015, Persbrandt reported that he would quit starring in his popular role of Gunvald Larsson. In 2019, Persbrandt began playing Jakob Nyman in the Netflix comedy drama Sex Education. He was a leading actor in the film The Salvation.
Public image and legal issuesEdit
In December 2005, Persbrandt notified police that the newspaper Expressen had made false accusations about him having acute alcohol poisoning and being admitted to a clinic in Uppsala. The information was inaccurate. Expressen apologised and admitted that their information was false, but the apology was not accepted by Persbrandt. Otto Sjöberg, at the time editor of the newspaper was fined 75,000 SEK (≈ 6800 €, US$8900), in damages to Persbrandt.
Persbrandt was arrested twice in 2011 for cocaine use and received a fine. In April 2014, he was sentenced to five months' imprisonment for another cocaine offence, but on appeal this was reduced to 75 hours' community service.
All the performances are in Swedish.
|1984||King Lear||The Royal Dramatic Theatre||Extra|
|1996||Puntila||The Royal Dramatic Theatre|
|Death of a salesman||Teater Plaza|
|1998||The Good Person of Szechwan||The Royal Dramatic Theatre|
|Lång dags färd mot natt|
|2002||Leka med elden|
|2004||Arbetarklassens sista hjältar||Lilla elverket|
|2005||Miss Julie||The Royal Dramatic Theatre|
|Lik som män||Vasateatern|
|2009||I väntan på Godot||Stockholm City Theatre|
|2014||Someone You Love||29|
- Dunerfors, Alexander. "Persbrandt åker tillbaka för mera "Hobbit"" [Persbrandt goes back for more "Hobbit"]. MovieZine (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 December 2015.
- "Mikael Persbrandt 2004". min. 1:32 to 1:45 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Sveriges Radio. 17 July 2004. Archived from the original on 4 November 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
- "Lasse Kronér: "Därför är jag sexig"". 20 September 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- "Därför är Persbrandt snyggast". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- "Svenska kvinnor: Dessa män är hetare än Mikael Persbrandt". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- "Männen som svenska kvinnor vill ha". 5 October 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- Brattberg, Lisbeth (15 December 2005). "Persbrandt stämmer Expressen" [Persbrandt sues Expressen]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 December 2015.
- "Mikael Persbrandt in new cocaine bust". 9 June 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- Radio, Sveriges (4 July 2014). "Persbrandt sentenced to community service - Radio Sweden". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- "Mikael Persbrandts och Sanna Lundells nya kärleksliv på lyxgården". Expressen. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
- "Mikael Persbrandt discography". danishcharts.dk. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 May 2014.