Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

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Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Olafur Darri Olafsson by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Ólafur at the 2019 WonderCon
Born (1973-03-13) 13 March 1973 (age 47)
CitizenshipIcelandic / American
OccupationActor, producer, scriptwriter
Years active1998–present
Known forChildren
The Minister

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (born 13 March 1973) is an Icelandic actor, producer, and screenwriter.[1] He is known for Children, XL, Trapped, The Deep, Lady Dynamite, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Early life[edit]

Ólafur was born to Icelandic parents in Connecticut, United States, where his father studied medicine. His family returned to Iceland when he was around four years old.[2][3][4] Due to being born in the United States, Ólafur holds both Icelandic and American citizenships.[2]


Ólafur graduated from The Icelandic Drama School in 1998. After graduating, he became involved in numerous productions with the National Theatre of Iceland and City Theatre of Reykjavik, also working with various independent theatre groups. He is one of the founders of Vesturport Theatre in Reykjavik.[5]

Ólafur is best known internationally for his role as Andri, the chief of police in a small town in the north of Iceland, in the series Trapped. Baltasar Kormákur, who devised the series, has said that he was chosen because he was not a typical leading man. In the UK, the Guardian TV critic described his performance "as remarkable as the landscape". Ólafur himself said that he based the character on his own father.[3]

In June 2016, Ólafur lip synced in the music video for Winter Sound by the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men.[6]

Ólafur has been cast in AMC's series adaptation of Joe Hill's NOS4A2 as Bing Partridge.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ólafur is in a relationship with Icelandic dancer Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir. They have two daughters, born in 2010 and 2014.[8]

Awards and nominations[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (27 September 2012). "APA Signs 'The Deep' Star Olafur Darri Olafsson". Deadline. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Indíana Ása Hreinsdóttir (28 September 2012). "Ólafur Darri fílar ekki frægðina". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). pp. 34–35. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  3. ^ a b Seymour, Tom (24 February 2016). "He's huge, he's hairy – and he's the hottest man in Iceland". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ Gunnar Leó Pálsson (16 December 2013). "Súrrealískt að vinna með Ben Stiller". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Ólafur Darri Ólafsson". Vesturport.com. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. ^ OfMonstersAndMenVEVO (10 June 2016). "Of Monsters And Men - Winter Sound (Lyric Video)". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (June 27, 2018). "'NOS4A2': Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull & Ebon Moss-Bachrach Cast In AMC Horror Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Jónasdóttir, Marta María (7 August 2014). "Ólafur Darri og Lovísa eignuðust dóttur" [Ólafur Darri and Lovísa welcome a daughter]. Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Reykjavík. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  9. ^ "'XL' Leading Man Olafur Darri Olafsson Wins Best Actor at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Trailer)". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  10. ^ Gallagher, Brian (6 August 2014). "'Last Witch Hunter' Adds 'True Detective' Actor Olafur Darri Olafsson". MovieWeb. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Emerald City (2016) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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