Bergström at the 2013 Guldbagge Award
|Born||Helena Kristina Bergström
5 February 1964
Kortedala, Gothenburg, Sweden
The granddaughter of legendary Swedish actor Olof Widgren and the daughter of Hans Bergström (director) and Kerstin Widgren (actress). Bergström is married to Colin Nutley and is known for playing the female lead in many of his films. Being one of Sweden’s most highly acclaimed stage actresses she has played the lead part in plays like "Miss Julie", "Twelfth Night", "Pygmalion", "Piaf", "A Dolls House", the part of Hamlet in "Hamlet", "Medea", Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire", and Sally Bowles in Stockholm City Theatre’s production of "Cabaret".
Despite being born into a theatrical family, Bergström's childhood dream was to work with animals. Aged 15, she travelled to Mississippi in the USA as an exchange student and lived there for a year. During this time, she became fascinated with the theatre and decided that the stage was her calling. Back in Sweden, she won a part in a TV series but failed in her first attempt to achieve a place at stage school. Thanks to tuition from Margreth Weivers, she succeeded on her third attempt in 1985.
On graduating from the Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting in 1988, she worked at both the Dramaten Theatre and the Stockholm City Theatre. Her breakthrough came with the film 1939 in 1989. Colin Nutley spotted her on a poster for the film "Women on the roof" Kvinnorna på taket (1989) and gave her the leading role in his film Blackjack (1990). She was also the obvious choice for his film Änglagård (1992) as well as its two sequels.
In 1998 she played the part of Astrid in the British film Still Crazy which was to be followed by Colin Nutley’s Oscar-nominated Under the Sun - a film that also received the Special Jury Prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival "for the quality of its acting".
Winner of several awards including Best Actress at the Swedish Film Awards, the Montreal Film Festival and the 1995 Istanbul Film Festival for her performance in Nutley’s "The Last Dance".
In 2007, she made her directorial debut with "Mind the Gap" (Se upp för dårarna).
Bergström has two children, a son and a daughter (actress Molly Nutley), with Nutley.
- 1982 – Time Out (TV series)
- 1983 – Vidöppet (TV series)
- 1988 - Friends
- 1989 – Husbonden (TV series)
- 1989 – Kvinnorna på taket
- 1989 – 1939
- 1990 – Blackjack
- 1992 – Änglagård
- 1993 – Sista dansen
- 1994 – Änglagård – andra sommaren
- 1996 – The Hunters
- 1996 – Sånt är livet
- 1998 – Under solen
- 1998 – Still Crazy
- 2000 – Livet är en schlager
- 2001 – Sprängaren
- 2003 – Paradiset
- 2004 – The Queen of Sheba's Pearls
- 2006 – Heartbreak Hotel
- 2008 – Angel
- 2010 – Änglagård – tredje gången gillt
- 2011 – Någon annanstans i Sverige
- "Helena Bergström" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
- "Helena Bergström" (in Swedish). Stockholm City Theatre. Retrieved 25 January 2010.