Benedikte Hansen

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Benedikte Hansen (born 24 September 1958) is a Danish actress, best known to international audiences for her role as Hanne Holm in the television series Borgen.[1]

Hansen is the daughter of Dr Flemming Hansen (died 2003) and his wife Aase Riegels Borch.[2] She trained as an actress at Denmark's Statens Teaterskole. From 1983 to 1993, she was married to actor and director Gerz Feigenberg; the marriage ended in divorce. She subsequently married Laws Michael Christiansen; that marriage also ended in divorce. She subsequently had a relationship with actor Viggo Sommer,[3] which ended amicably in 2017. Following their break-up, Sommer said that the main problem was that "Benner", as he called Hansen, was living in Copenhagen while he was living in Aarhus.[4]

In 2013, she played her first major English-language screen role, when she appeared as the Baroness in a new BBC adaptation of The Lady Vanishes.[5] In 2016 she won the Reumert prize for Best leading actress.[6]


  • My Fair Lady (1986)
  • Mourning Becomes Electra (1991)
  • Kjartan and Gudrun (1993)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (2001)



  • Baby Doll (1988)
  • Daisy Diamond (2007)


  1. ^ "Nothing like a Dane: New thriller Borgen centres on a trailblazing female politician", The Independent, 5 January 2012. Accessed 26 June 2013
  2. ^ Danish Film Database (Danish). Accessed 26 March 2013
  3. ^ "Benedikte Hansen: Det er rædselsfuldt at blive skilt", BT, 19 September 2012 Archived September 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (Danish). Accessed 26 March 2013
  4. ^ Camilla Maria Johansen (20 February 2017). "Viggo Sommer og Benedikte Hansen: Forholdet forbi". (in Danish). Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  5. ^ BBC - Media Centre, "Cast announced for Fiona Seres’s adaptation of The Lady Vanishes for BBC One", 17 August 2012. Accessed 26 March 2013
  6. ^ "De blev hædret ved Årets Reumert 2016" (in Danish). Årets Reumert. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.