Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

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Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
Marie Krøyer movie poster.jpg
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, 2012
Born (1982-01-16) 16 January 1982 (age 36)
Hillerød, Denmark
Alma mater Danish National School of Performing Arts
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Website http://www.birgittehjortsorensen.com/

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (born 16 January 1982) is a Danish actress. She has been nominated for three Robert Awards and one Bodil Award. Born in Hillerød and raised in Birkerød, Sørensen aspired to an acting career after watching the West End production of the musical Chicago while at school. She graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Her acting debut was in a minor role in the television series The Eagle in 2005. She followed this by playing Roxie Hart in a Copenhagen production of Chicago, and later on the West End. Sørensen's breakthrough role was as journalist Katrine Fønsmark in the television political drama Borgen (2010–2013).

Early life[edit]

Sørensen was born in Hillerød on 16 January 1982. She grew up in Birkerød.[1][2] Both her parents are doctors and she has two elder sisters.[3] Her early education was at the Bistrup School in Birkerød and Øregård Gymnasium in Hellerup.[1] At the latter, she was the student council chairman and editor of the school magazine.[4] Sørensen decided in her early teens not to follow her parents' footsteps in pursuing a career in medicine after work experience with her mother at a geriatrics ward. She stated, 'Being met with that number of people who can no longer go to the bathroom or eat by themselves, it was traumatising. I lived too much with their misery.'[5]

While on a school trip to London at the age of 19, she watched the West End production of the musical Chicago which motivated her to become an actress. Sørensen spoke of the experience in an interview for The Guardian, "It was so amazing and sexy, and I sat there thinking, 'I want to be on that stage one day.'".[5][6] Her motivation was solidified by her participation in a mini-musical school organised by the Gladsaxe Theatre which provided a six month introduction to musical theatre.[7][8] She continued her studies at the Danish National School of Performing Arts, during which time Sørensen made her acting debut in 2005 as a receptionist on the television series The Eagle.[9][10] The school forbid its students from having jobs so Sørensen feigned illness to appear on the television show.[11] Two years later she played the lead role of Roxie Hart in the 2007 production of Chicago at the Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen. The musical was critically acclaimed[12] and became the highest grossing Danish theatre production of the year.[13] For her performance she received a Reumert prize.[14] Sørensen then reprised the role in the West End production in 2008 at the Cambridge Theatre.[15][16]

Career[edit]

In 2010, she made her breakthrough by playing the idealistic journalist, Katrine Fønsmark, in the DR fictional political drama Borgen which charted the rise of Denmark's first female prime minister.[5][17][18] In order to prepare for the role, she spent a summer training with television news teams and reporters.[19] Sørensen received critical acclaim for playing a strong female protagonist on the show, and international recognition especially in the United Kingdom.[20][21][22][23] For the show's third season, Sørensen received a nomination for the Robert Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Television).[24] She also garnered her first nomination for the Robert Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for playing a criminal psychologist's secretary in the action film Ved verdens ende (2009) with Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.[25][26][27] In 2012, Sørensen portrayed painter Marie Krøyer in the biographical film The Passion of Marie which earned her second Best Actress nomination at the Robert Awards.[28][29] The following year, she appeared as Virgilia in the play Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston at Donmar Warehouse, London.[30]

In 2015, Sørensen appeared in the "Hardhome" episode of the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones playing Karsi, a wildling chieftain.[31] In the same year, she starred with Anna Kendrick in the musical comedy sequel Pitch Perfect 2 as Kommissar, the leader of a rival German a cappella group.[32] She was also nominated for the Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Someone You Love, in which she played a mother suffering with drug addiction.[33][34]

Sørensen played Andy Warhol's muse Ingrid in Martin Scorsese's HBO television series, Vinyl (2016).[35] In the latter part of the same year, she made her Broadway debut in the play Les Liaisons Dangereuses.[36]

Filmography[edit]

List of film credits
Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2006 Tre Somre Nanna Danish Short film
English title: Three Summers
[37]
2007 Canoe The girl Danish Short film [38]
2007 Crush Lotte Danish Short film [38]
2008 The Funeral Daisy Danish [38]
[39]
2008 Anja & Viktor – I medgang og modgang Regitze Danish English title: Anja & Viktor – In Sickness and in Health [38]
2008 The Candidate Sarah Danish [38]
2008 Alliancen Sofie Danish Short film
English title: The Alliance
[38]
[39]
2009 Ved verdens ende Beate Danish English title: At World's End [38]
2010 Truth About Men Girlfriend of the squire's son Danish [38]
2011 Love Is in the Air Camilla Danish Danish title: Magi i luften [38]
[39]
2011 Miss Julie Julie Danish [38]
2012 The Passion of Marie Marie Krøyer Danish Danish title: Balladen om Marie Krøyer [28]
2014 National Theatre Live: Coriolanus Virgilia English Filmed version of the Donmar Warehouse play [6]
2014 Autómata Rachel Vaucan English [40]
2014 In Order of Disappearance Marit Danish [38]
2014 Someone You Love Julie Danish Danish title: En du elsker [38]
2014 The Gas Man Mia Danish Short film [41]
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Kommissar English [32]
2015 Sommeren '92 Minna Vilfort Danish [42]
2017 3 Things Camilla Danish [43]
List of television credits
Year(s) Title Role Channel Language Notes Ref.
2005 The Eagle Nanna DR1 Danish Episode: "Keres — Del 16" [9]
[10]
[39]
2008 Maj & Charlie Sidse TV3 Danish 1 episode [38]
[39]
2010–2013 Borgen Katrine Fønsmark DR1 Danish 30 episodes [3]
2013 Bluestone 42 Astrid BBC 3 English Series 1, Episode 3 [44]
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Greta ITV English Episode: "Endless Night" [45]
2014 Midsomer Murders DS Anna Degn ITV English Episode: "The Killings of Copenhagen" [46]
2015 Game of Thrones Karsi HBO English Episode: "Hardhome" [31]
2016 Vinyl Ingrid HBO English 10 episodes [35]
2017 Flashback Host DR1 Danish [47]
2018 Greyzone Victoria Rahbek TV2 Danish
Swedish
[48]

Stage[edit]

List of theatre credits
Year(s) Title Role Theatre Language Notes Ref(s)
2007 Mød mig på Cassiopeia Frk. Sørensen Nørrebros Theater Danish [49]
2007 Chicago Roxie Hart Det Ny Teater Danish [12]
2008 Chicago Roxie Hart Cambridge Theatre English [15]
2008 Bornholmerrevyen Various Rønne Theater Danish [50]
2009 Slutstrand Eva Mammutteatret Danish [51]
2011 GNAGS Various Black Box Theater Danish [52]
2013–2014 Coriolanus Virgilia Donmar Warehouse English 17 December 2013 – 13 February 2014 [53]
[54]
2014 Umbrellas of Cherbourg Geneviève Betty Nansen Teatret Danish [55]
2016–2017 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Madame de Tourvel Booth Theatre English 30 October 2016 – 8 January 2017 [56]
[57]

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