Nyqvist in Stockholm, November 2009
8 November 1960 |
Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist (born 8 November 1960) is a Swedish actor. Educated at the School of Drama in Malmö, he became well known from his role as police officer Banck in the first series of Beck movies made in 1997. He is most recognized internationally for his role in the acclaimed Millennium series as Mikael Blomkvist, as well as in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol as Kurt Hendricks, the lead villain.
Early life 
Nyqvist was born in Stockholm, to a Swedish mother and an Italian father (from Florence). As a baby, he was adopted from an orphanage. At seventeen, he spent a year as an exchange student in the United States in Omaha, Nebraska. He took his first acting classes there, as a senior in high school playing, amongst other things, a small part in the drama Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. When he returned to Sweden, he was accepted at ballet school, but after one year gave it up. An ex-girlfriend suggested he try theatre instead and at 24 he was accepted to the Malmö Theatre Academy. After graduating, Nyqvist worked mainly in theatre but also landed smaller parts in several different film productions.
Nyqvist's first big breakthrough came in 2000 with the film Together directed by Lukas Moodysson. The movie was set in the 1970s and followed the antics of life in a suburban commune in Stockholm. The movie achieved great international success and earned Nyqvist his first Guldbagge Best Actor nomination for his role as a misguided husband with anger issues. He later played the leading man in the Swedish romantic comedy, The Guy in the Grave Next Door directed by Kjell Sundvall. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Katarina Mazetti. The film explored the difficulties that arise between a country farmer and a city librarian, highlighting the differences between blue-collar laborers and white-collar administrators. Nyqvist won a Guldbagge Best Actor award for his role as the farmer, Benny.
In 2004 he played the lead role as Daniel Daréus, a conductor and musician, in the Academy Award nominated Best Foreign Film As It Is in Heaven, directed by Kay Pollak. As It Is in Heaven is one of the most watched Swedish films, and the role highlighted Nyqvist's ability to display tenderness and vulnerability at the same time as rage and fear. In 2006 he starred in Suddenly directed by Johan Brisinger. In Suddenly, Nyqvist plays Lasse – a man who must come to terms with the sudden loss of his wife and son. In 2007 Nyqvist portrayed Swedish ambassador Harald Edelstam, in The Black Pimpernel, a hero who saved several people from execution in Chile during and after the military coupe in September 1973.
He has garnered recent international attention starring as Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish title: Män som hatar kvinnor), The Girl Who Played With Fire (Swedish title: Flickan som lekte med elden) and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Swedish title: Luftslottet som sprängdes) of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. Although Nyqvist always was high on the list of potential actors to portray Blomkvist, it was his charisma that got him the role. Director of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev found what he was looking for in Nyqvist – someone with the right looks, charm and likeability.
He starred in Abduction (2011), directed by John Singleton, He is also part of the permanent ensemble at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Nyqvist appeared in the 2011 action thriller Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth film of the series, and directed by Brad Bird. In the film, Nyqvist portrays a madman code-named 'Cobalt', who wants to instigate a global war between Russia and the United States that he believes will restore ecological balance to the planet.
Personal life 
Nyqvist has described his childhood and quest to find his biological parents, subsequently in his adult life, in his autobiographical novel, Just After Dreaming (Swedish title: När barnet lagt sig). He is married and has two children.
- Best Male Actor at the Guldbagge, the Swedish Oscar 2002
- Filmstar of the year 2002 and 2004 by Aftonbladet, a Swedish newspaper
- Best Male Actor 2003 by Nöjesguiden
- Price winner The Golden Sun, 2004
- Best Actor in the International Film Festival in Gijon 2003
- As It Is in Heaven was nominated as Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2004
- Best Male Actor in the International Film Festival in Minsk 2006
- Won the Audience Price at the Gulbagge Gala 2006
|1982||Kamraterna||The model||TV Movie|
|1987||Jim och piraterna Blom|
|1996||Sånt är livet||Kalle Andersson|
|1997–1998||Beck||John Banck||Television cop film series – 7 episodes|
|1998||Waiting for the tenor||The Director|
|1999||En dag i taget||Henrik||TV Series|
|2000||Together||Rolf||Best Supporting Actor Guldbagge nomination, Best Actor Award at the Gijón International Film Festival|
|2001||Home Sweet Home||Kent|
|2002||Grabben i graven brevid||Benny||Best Actor Guldbagge Award|
|2002||Wallander - The Fifth Women||Birger Larsen|
|2003||Smala Sussie||Mörka Rösten|
|2004||As It Is In Heaven||Daniel Daréus||Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Film, Best Actor Guldbagge nomination|
|2004||Day and night||Jacob||Silver Hugo Award for Best Ensemble Acting at the Chicago International Film Festival|
|2004||ABBA: Our Last Video Ever|
|2005||Shadow world||Short film|
|2005||Mother of mine||Hjalmar Jönsson||Best Supporting Actor Guldbagge nomination|
|2005||Bang Bang Orangutang||Sven Blomberg|
|2005||Wallander mastermind||Lothar Kraftzcyk||TV series based on Henning Mankell's crime novels – 1 episode|
|2007||The Black Pimpernel||Harald Edelstam|
|2007||Arn: The Knight Templar||Magnus Folkesson|
|2008||The Kautokeino Rebellion||Lars Levi Laestadius|
|2009||The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo||Mikael Blomkvist|
|2009||The Girl Who Played with Fire||Mikael Blomkvist|
|2009||The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest||Mikael Blomkvist|
|2010||The Woman That Dreamed About a Man||Johan|
|2010||Kennedys Hirn||Lars Hakansson||TV Movie|
|2010||The Chinese Man||Staffan||Film adaptation of Henning Mankell novel The Man From Beijing|
|2011||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol||Kurt Hendricks|
|2013||Zero Hour||White Vincent||TV series|
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- Sneider, Jeff (September 24, 2010). "Update: 'Dragon Tattoo' Star Michael Nyqvist Will Play Villain in 'M:I:4'". The Wrap (California). Retrieved September 24, 2010.
- Michael Nyqvist at the Internet Movie Database
- Michael Nyqvist at the Royal Dramatic Theatre
- www.larssontrilogy.com from Quercus, publishers of Stieg Larsson (English)
- The official Millennium site of Nordstedt Publishing (Swedish)