Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

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Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen on the Marie Krøyer movie poster (cropped).jpg
Hjort Sørensen in the poster for The Passion of Marie.
Born (1982-01-16) 16 January 1982 (age 34)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (born 16 January 1982) is a Danish actress who made her debut on the television series The Eagle in 2005. She followed this by playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago in Copenhagen and on the West End. Sørensen's breakthrough role was as journalist Katrine Fønsmark in the television political drama Borgen (2010–13).

Early life[edit]

Sørensen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 16 January 1982.[1][2] Both her parents are doctors and she has two elder sisters.[3] While on a school trip to London, 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.'".[4] She continued her studies at the Danish National School of Theatre, during which time Sørensen made her acting debut in 2005 as a receptionist on the television series The Eagle.[5][6] Two years later she played the lead role of Roxie Hart in the 2007 production of Chicago at the Det Ny Theater in Copenhagen. Sørensen then reprised the role in the West End production in 2008 at the Cambridge Theatre.[1][7]

Career[edit]

In 2010, she made her breakthrough by playing the idealistic journalist, Katrine Fønsmark, in the DR political drama Borgen.[8][9] Sørensen received critical acclaim for playing a strong female protagonist on the show, and international recognition especially in the United Kingdom.[10][11][12][13] She also appeared in the action film Ved verdens ende (2010) opposite Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau which garnered her first nomination for the Robert Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.[14][15] In 2012, Sørensen portrayed painter Marie Krøyer in The Passion of Marie which earned her second Best Actress nomination at the Robert Awards.[16][17]

In 2015, Sørensen appeared in the Hardhome episode of the HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones playing Karsi, a wildling chieftain.[18] In the same year, she starred opposite Anna Kendrick in the musical comedy sequel Pitch Perfect 2 as Kommissar, the leader of a rival German a cappella group.[19]

In 2016, Sørensen will play Andy Warhol's muse Ingrid in the Mick Jagger-produced Martin Scorsese HBO series, Vinyl.[20] She is also set to star in thriller 3 Things, alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.[21]

Filmography[edit]

List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2006 Tre Somre Nanna Short film
English title: Three Summers
[22]
2007 Canoe Pigen Short film [23]
2007 Crush Lotte Short film [23]
2008 The Funeral Appearance [23]
2008 Anja & Viktor - I medgang og modgang Regitze English title: Anja & Viktor - In Sickness and in Health [23]
2008 The Candidate Sarah [23]
2008 Alliancen Appearance Short film
English title: The Alliance
[23]
2009 Ved verdens ende Beate English title: At World's End [23]
2010 Truth About Men Godsejerens søns kæreste [23]
2011 Magi i luften Niklas Ravns kæreste English title: Love Is in the Air [23]
2011 Miss Julie Julie [23]
2012 Balladen om Marie Krøyer Marie Krøyer English title: The Passion of Marie [16]
2014 National Theatre Live: Coriolanus Virgilia Filmed version of the Donmar Warehouse play [4]
2014 Autómata Rachel Vaucan [24]
2014 In Order of Disappearance Marit [23]
2014 En du elsker Julie English title: Someone You Love [23]
2014 The Gas Man Mia Short film [25]
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Kommissar [19]
2015 Sommeren '92 Minna Vilfort [26]
2016 3 Things Camilla [27]
List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2005 The Eagle Receptionisten Episode: "Keres - Del 16" [5]
[6]
2008 Maj & Charlie Sidse 1 episode [23]
2010–13 Borgen Katrine Fønsmark [3]
2013 Bluestone 42 Astrid Series 1, Episode 3 [28]
2013 Agatha Christie's Marple Greta Episode: "Endless Night" [29]
2014 Midsomer Murders KA Anna Degn Episode: "The Killings of Copenhagen" [30]
2015 Game of Thrones Karsi Episode: "Hardhome" [18]
2016 Vinyl Ingrid Superstar [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Borgen supremacy: Birgitte Hjort Sorensen interview". The Daily Telegraph. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "BLÅ BOG Birgitte Hjort Sørensen". Dagbladet Børsen (in Danish). 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Day, Elizabeth (16 November 2013). "Birgitte Hjort Sørensen: 'People in Britain have really taken to Borgen's strong female leads'". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Birgitte Sørensen: power player". The Guardian. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Dansker topper hitliste i USA". Ekstra Bladet (in Danish). 21 May 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "– Jag är nykär i en "Borgen"-kollega". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 14 October 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Chicago-stjerne til Broadway". Billed Bladet (in Danish). 25 November 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "From The Kingdom to The Killing". Danish Film Institute. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Borgen's other woman". The Evening Standard. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Birgitte Hjort Sorensen: Borgen's back! Meet one of its stars". The Independent. 30 December 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Birgitte Hjort Sørensen interview: ‘I like to find out I've been wrong’". Time Out. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Why is Danish drama Borgen so popular?". BBC News. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "Backstage With Danish Actor Birgitte Hjort Sørensen". The Wall Street Journal. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Birgitte Hjort Sørensen duperet af kolleger". Billed Bladet (in Danish). 11 October 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Robert-Nomineringer 2010" (in Danish). Danish Film Institute. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Review: ‘Marie Kroyer’". Variety. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  17. ^ "Robert-Nomineringer 2013" (in Danish). Danish Film Institute. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  18. ^ a b Hughes, Sarah (1 June 2015). "Game of Thrones recap: season five, episode eight – Hardhome". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  19. ^ a b "'Pitch Perfect 2': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  20. ^ a b Giese, Ditte (3 August 2015). "Jagger og Scorsese bag serie med Birgitte Hjort". Politiken. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Boards Thriller ‘3 Things’ (EXCLUSIVE)". variety.com. 
  22. ^ "Tre Somre (2006)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Birgitte Hjort Sørensen". Danish Film Institute. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  24. ^ "Maybe the Robots Don’t Like Protocol". The New York Times. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  25. ^ "The Gas Man". Festival Focus. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  26. ^ "Sommeren '92" (in Danish). Scope. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Boards Thriller ‘3 Things’ (EXCLUSIVE)". variety.com. 
  28. ^ "BBC Three - Bluestone 42, Series 1, Episode 3". BBC. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  29. ^ "Agatha Christie's Marple: Endless Night". ITV. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  30. ^ O'Donovan, Gerard (12 February 2014). "Midsomer Murders: a charming centenary episode". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 

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