Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
Ólafur at the 2019 WonderCon
|Born||13 March 1973|
|Citizenship||Icelandic / American|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, scriptwriter|
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. Due to being born in the United States, Ólafur holds both Icelandic and American citizenships.
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.
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.
Ólafur is in a relationship with Icelandic dancer Lovísa Ósk Gunnarsdóttir. They have two daughters, born in 2010 and 2014.
Awards and nominations
- Edda Award for Best Supporting Actor or Actress for Children (2006, nominated)
- Edda Award for Best Screenplay for Children (2006, won – group award)
- Nordic Council Film Prize for Children (2007, nominated – group nomination)
- Edda Award for Best Film for Parents (2007, won – group nomination)
- Edda Award for Best Supporting Actor or Actress for Fangavaktin (2010, nominated)
- Edda Award for Best Screenplay for Undercurrent (2011, nominated – group nomination)
- Edda Award for Best Actor for Stormland (2011, won)
- Edda Award for Best Actor for The Deep (2013, won)
- Best Actor for XL at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2013, won)
- Edda Award for Best Actor for XL (2014, nominated)
- Pearls and Swine (1997) - Bjartmar
- Úr öskunni í eldinn (2000, TV Movie)
- Fiasco (2000) - Gulli
- 101 Reykjavík (2000) - Marri
- Icelandic Voice of Hagrid in "Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone" and "Chamber of Secrets"
- Virus au paradis (2003, TV Movie) - Ornithologue
- Njálssaga (2003, TV Movie) - Skarphéðinn
- Áramótaskaup 2004 (2004, TV Movie)
- Beowulf & Grendel (2005) - Unferth
- Thicker than Water (2006) - Börkur
- Children (2006) - Marinó
- The Eagle (2006, TV Series) - Computertyven
- Parents (2007) - Marino
- Kassinn (2007, TV Movie) - Kalli Torfason
- Skaup (2007, TV Movie)
- White Night Wedding (2008) - Sjonni
- Mannaveiðar (2008, TV Series)
- Country Wedding (2008) - Egill
- Reykjavík-Rotterdam (2008) - Elvar
- 1066 (2009, TV Mini-Series) - Gyrd
- Epic Fail (2009, Short) - Palli
- Fangavaktin (2009, TV Mini-Series) - Loðfíllinn
- King's Road (2010) - Ray
- Woyzeck 2010 (2010) - Entertainer
- Undercurrent (2010) - Sævar
- Permille (2010, Short) - Erik
- Stormland (2011) - Böddi – Böðvar Steingrímsson
- Ódauðleg ást (2011, Short) - Alley Zombie
- Contraband (2012) - Olaf
- Aurar (2012, Short) - Torfi
- The Deep (2012) - Gulli
- XL (2013) - Leifur Sigurdarson
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) - Helicopter Pilot
- Banshee (2014, TV Series) - Jonah Lambrecht
- True Detective (2014, TV Series) - Dewall
- Harry Og Heimir (2014) - Ísleifur Jökulsson
- A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) - Jonas Loogan
- Ártún (2014, Short) - Jaffi's Father (voice)
- Line of Sight (2014, TV Movie) - Edgar
- How and Why (2014, TV Movie) - Bill Senior
- Banshee Origins (2014, TV Series) - Jonah Lambrecht
- Austur (2015)
- Bakk (2015) - Hilmar
- The Last Witch Hunter (2015) - Belial
- Trapped (2015-2019, TV Series, Icelandic: Ófærð) - Andri Ólafsson
- Zoolander 2 (2016) - Hasidic Man
- The BFG (2016) - the Maidmasher
- The White King (2016) - Pickaxe
- The Missing (2016, TV Series) - Stefan Andersen
- Lady Dynamite (2016-2017, TV Series) - Scott Marvel Casssidy
- Emerald City (2017, TV Series) - Ojo
- The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) - Finnish Backpacker
- The Meg (2018) - The Wall
- End of Sentence (2018) - Stone
- Lof mér að falla (2018) - Viðskiptavinur
- Hilda (2018, TV Series)
- The Vanishing (2018) - Boor
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) - Skender
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) - Ragnar the Rock (voice)
- The Widow (2019, TV Series) - Ariel Helgason
- NOS4A2 (2019, TV Series) - Bing Partridge
- Murder Mystery (2019) - Sergei
- End of Sentence (2019) - Officer Stone
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019, TV Series) - The Archer (voice)
- Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020, Netflix film)
- Cursed (2020, Netflix TV) - Rugen the Leper King
- The Minister (2020, TV Series) - Benedikt Ríkharðsson
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