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Persbrandt in January 2012
|Born||Mikael Åke Persbrant
25 September 1963
Jakobsberg, Järfälla Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden
(2005–present; 2 children)
Mikael Åke Persbrandt (born 25 September 1963) is a Swedish actor. In Swedish films he usually has lead roles and “tough guy” parts. He is perhaps most famous for his recurring role as the no-nonsense police officer Gunvald Larsson in the latest installment of the Martin Beck movies. Other parts include the role of Carl Hamilton from the novels by Jan Guillou, as well as Beorn in parts two and three of The Hobbit. He is frequently the subject of much press gossip in newspapers such as Aftonbladet and Expressen.
Life and career
Persbrandt was born in Jakobsberg, Järfälla Municipality, Stockholm County. He has performed on stage with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and numerous film and TV roles. Persbrandt is best 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.
On 13 October 2007 Persbrandt left the Royal Dramatic Theatre due to difficulties combining work for TV/film with theater. Many of the Royal Dramatic Theatre ensemble responded in a very negative manner. One of them was Jan Malmsjö who made a strong statement about Persbrandt on live television. Malmsjö loudly proclaimed that "He has pissed on us!", insinuating that it was a breach of contract from Mikael Persbrandt.
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 apologized and admitted that their information was false, but the apology was not accepted by Persbrandt. Otto Sjöberg, the then editor of the newspaper was fined 75,000 SEK (≈ 6800 €, US$8900), in damages to Persbrandt.
In April 2014, he was sentenced to five months imprisonment for purchasing 12 grams of cocaine. He was convicted after his number was discovered on a drug dealer's phone. His lawyer denied the allegations, insisting that a third party must have used Persbrandt's phone.
(All performances in Swedish)
|1984||King Lear||The Royal Dramatic Theatre||Extra|
|1985||Julius Caesar||The Royal Dramatic Theatre||Extra|
|1992||Ferrando Bruno||Teater Galeasen|
|Roberto Zucco||Teater Galeasen|
|1994||Three Sisters||Teater Plaza|
|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||The Royal Dramatic Theatre|
|1999||Don Juan||The Royal Dramatic Theatre|
|2000||Maria Stuart||The Royal Dramatic Theatre|
|Vildanden||The Royal Dramatic Theatre|
|2002||Leka med elden||The Royal Dramatic Theatre|
|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|
- Character Information http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0017773/
- 2009 Guldbagge Award http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000307/2009
- 2014 Guldbagge Award http://www.imdb.com/event/ev0000307/2014
- Expressen article reporting on errors http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/persbrandt-stammer-expressen
- "Mikael Persbrandt discography". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 May 2014.