Bornedal was born in Nørresundby, Denmark. He wrote and directed Nattevagten (Nightwatch, 1994), a thriller about a law student who works in a morgue as a night-watchman, and becomes implicated in a series of murders of prostitutes. He also directed an English language remake (Nightwatch) in 1997, starring Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte and Patricia Arquette. In 2002, he directed I Am Dina. Other Danish films include The Substitute (2007), Just Another Love Story (2007), and Deliver Us from Evil. He directed the English-language film The Possession (2012) and was one of the producers of the horror film Mimic. In 2014 he wrote and directed the epic historical drama 1864, the most expensive Danish TV series in history, chronicling the Second Schleswig War through the story of two brothers.
He is married to the Danish actress, Helle Fagralid, and has three children.
|1993||I en del af verden||TV|
|1996||Charlot og Charlotte||TV series|
|Nightwatch||Story, director, screenplay||American film|
|2002||Jeg er Dina||Screenplay, director||Danish-Swedish-Norwegian film. English title: I Am Dina|
|2007||Vikaren||Director, screenplay||Film. English title: The Substitute|
|Just Another Love Story||Director of photography, director, screenplay|
|2009||Fri Os Fra Det Onde||Director, screenplay|
|2012||The Possession||Director||American film|
|2018||Road To Mandalay||Director|
|2021||Skyggen I Mit Øje||Director||International title: The Shadow In My Eye|
- "Ole Bornedal", The New York Times
- Forrest, Alex. "Front Row: Mad Max, Walter Mosley, Dark Arteries, 1864". BBC iPlayer. Retrieved 21 March 2017.