Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

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Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson close-up, smiling at the camera
Ólafur in 2019
Born (1973-03-13) 13 March 1973 (age 50)
  • United States
  • Iceland
  • Actor
  • producer
  • scriptwriter
Years active1998–present
Known forChildren
The Minister

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (born 13 March 1973) is an Icelandic-American actor, producer, and screenwriter.[1] He is known for Children, 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]


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

Ólafur is best known internationally for his role as Andri, the chief of police in the small town of Seyðisfjörður in the east of Iceland, in the series Trapped. Baltasar Kormákur, who devised the series, has said that the actor was chosen because he was not a typical leading man. In the UK, the Guardian TV critic called his performance "as remarkable as the landscape". Ólafsson himself has 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]

In 2019, the actor was 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]

Selected filmography[edit]


List of film appearances, with year, title, and role shown
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Fíaskó Gulli
101 Reykjavík Marri
2002 True Love (Once Removed) Waitress Short
2005 Beowulf & Grendel Unferth
2006 Thicker than Water Börkur
Children Marinó
2007 Parents Marinó
2008 White Night Wedding Sjonni
Country Wedding Egill
Reykjavík-Rotterdam Elvar
2010 Undercurrent Sævar
2011 Stormland Böddi – Böðvar Steingrímsson
2012 Contraband Olaf
The Deep Gulli[1]
2013 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Helicopter pilot
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones Jonas Loogan
2015 The Last Witch Hunter Belial[9]
2016 Zoolander 2 Hasidic man
The BFG the Maidmasher
The White King Pickaxe
2018 The Spy Who Dumped Me Finnish backpacker
The Meg The Wall
Let Me Fall Viðskiptavinur
The Vanishing Boor
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Skender
2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Ragnar the Rock Voice role
Murder Mystery Sergei
End of Sentence Officer Stone
2020 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Neils Brongus
2023 Operation Napoleon Einar


List of television appearances, with year, title, and role shown
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Eagle Computer thief 1 episode
2009 1066 The Battle for Middle Earth Gyrd 1 episode
Fangavaktin Loðfíllinn 7 episodes
2014 Banshee Jonah Lambrecht 2 episodes
True Detective Dewall 1 episode
Banshee Origins Jonah Lambrecht 1 episode
2015–2021 Trapped Andri Ólafsson 21 episodes
2016 The Missing Stefan Andersen 4 episodes
Quarry Credence Mason 4 episodes
2016–17 Lady Dynamite Scott Marvel Cassidy 13 episodes
2017 Emerald City Ojo[10] 7 episodes
2018 Hilda 13 episodes
2019 The Widow Ariel Helgason 8 episodes
New Amsterdam Burl 1 episode
NOS4A2 Bing Partridge 20 episodes
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance The Archer (voice) 6 episodes
2020 Cursed Rugen the Leper King 1 episode
The Minister Benedikt Ríkharðsson 8 episodes
2021 Vegferð Ólafur Darri 6 episodes
The Tourist Billy Nixon 6 episodes
2022 The Amazing Race 34 Himself 1 episode
TBA Severance Season 2

Video games[edit]

List of video game appearances, with year, title, and role shown
Year Title Role Notes
2017 For Honor Highlander[11] Voice role
2023 The Last Worker Kurt[12] Voice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2006 Edda Awards Screenplay of the Year (with Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir & Ragnar Bragason) Children Won
Actor of the Year Children Nominated
2007 Edda Awards Best Film (with Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Víkingur Kristjánsson, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir & Ragnar Bragason) Parents Won
Nordic Council Film Prize Children Nominated
2010 Edda Awards Supporting Actor of the Year The Prison Shift Nominated
2011 Edda Awards Actor of the Year Stormland Won
Screenplay of the Year (with Ottó Geir Borg, Víkingur Kristjánsson, Víkingur Kristjánsson, Ólafur Egilsson, Gísli Örn Garðarsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir & Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson) Undercurrent Nominated
2013 Edda Awards Actor of the Year The Deep Won
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Actor Award XL Won
2014 Edda Awards Actor of the Year XL Nominated
2021 Edda Awards Actor of the Year The Minister Won


  1. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (27 September 2012). "APA Signs 'The Deep' Star Olafur Darri Olafsson". Deadline. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ 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 (27 June 2018). "'NOS4A2': Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull & Ebon Moss-Bachrach Cast In AMC Horror Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 31 October 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. ^ Gallagher, Brian (6 August 2014). "'Last Witch Hunter' Adds 'True Detective' Actor Olafur Darri Olafsson". MovieWeb. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Emerald City (2016) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  11. ^ Q&A Interview with the Voice of Highlander, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, retrieved 5 November 2021
  12. ^ Romano, Sal (2 March 2023). "The Last Worker launches March 30". Gematsu. Retrieved 2 March 2023.

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