Claes Bang

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Claes Bang
Claes Bang 2015-09-10.jpg
Bang in 2015
Claes Kasper Bang

(1967-04-28) 28 April 1967 (age 52)
Alma materDanish National School of Theatre
Years active1996–present
Lis Kasper Bang (m. 2010)

Claes Kasper Bang (Danish: [kʰlɛs ˈpaŋ]; born 28 April 1967) is a Danish actor and musician. He is best known for playing the leading role of Christian in Ruben Östlund's 2017 film The Square. For that role he won the European Film Award for Best Actor, being the first Dane to do so.[1] In 2019 he played the role of Sasha Mann for the final season of The Affair. He rose to international recognition by starring as Count Dracula in 2020's TV show Dracula.[2]

Early life[edit]

He attended the Danish National School of Theatre, graduating in 1996. He received his first breakthrough role in the Danish 1997 television show Taxa.[3] He has worked mainly on stage and in television in Denmark.


Since 2002 he has performed a monologue based on Jan Guillou's novel Evil more than 300 times, including an English-language version at St. James Theatre in London in 2015.[4]

He played the leading role of the art museum curator Christian in Ruben Östlund's 2017 film The Square, which won the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.[5] He also won the European Film Award for Best Actor, being the first Dane to do so.[6] As a side project, he makes music under the moniker This Is Not America.[7]

In November 2018, Bang was cast to play Count Dracula in the BBC mini-series Dracula, created by the film-makers involved in Sherlock.[8] In an interview for The Guardian, it was observed that, while "sexy" and "insatiable", it is also "a very witty performance" from Bang.[9]

Personal life[edit]

He married the stylist Lis Louis-Jensen in 2010.[10] He is stepfather to her two children, and step-grandfather to her grandson.[11]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
1998 On Our Own Politibetjent
1999 Fast Lane Jesper
2001 Now Look at Me Ungdomsfoto Short film
2003 Regel nr. 1 John T
2005 The Comedian Oliver Short film
2005 Nynne Henrik
2005 Far til fire gi'r aldrig op Gymnastiklærer
2006 A Soap Mand 2
2007 Carls engle Man in Cemetery Short film
2008 Take the Trash Lars
2008 Make My Day Doctor Short film
2009 Bastarden Benjamin Short film
2011 Jungle Child Herb
2012 Lærkevej - til døden os skiller Per
2013 Educating Peter Faderen Short film
2014 Unga Sophie Bell Klaus
2015 Rettet Raffi! Henry Wiese
2017 The Square Christian
2018 Hotel Boy Stefan Short film
2018 The Girl in the Spider's Web Jan Holtser
2019 The Glass Room Viktor
2019 The Burnt Orange Heresy James Figueras
2019 Lyrebird Captain Joseph Piller
TBA The Bay of Silence Will
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Taxa Kriminalbetjent Episode: "Del 8"
1998 Betjent Episode: "Del 29:
1998 Betjenten Episode: "Del 31"
1998-1999 Christian, kriminalbetjent 2 episodes
2000 Madsen og Co. Henrik Episode: "Ud på ski"
2000 Skjulte spor Preben 1 episode
2000 Pyrus i alletiders eventyr Udyret Episode: "På med pilen"
2001 At the Faber Bjarne 4 episodes
2002 Rejseholdet Villy Episode: "Assistancemelding A-3/01"
2002 Nikolaj og Julie Kevin 1 episode
2002 Langt fra Las Vegas i nærheden af Meyerheim Dennis TV Movie; Uncredited
2003 Langt fra Las Vegas Dennis Randrup Episode: "Mere møs til Dennis"
2003 The Country Doctor Jørn Episode: "Wiedersehen in Dänemark"
2006-2008 Anna Pihl Martin Krøyer Main cast
2008 Max Claes Bang, Skuespiller Episode: "Magiske Mester Max"
2008-2009 2900 Happiness Borgmester Hans Holm Main cast
2010 Borgen Tore Gudme Episode: "Det muliges kunst"
2010 Küstenwache Tomas Jorgensen Episode: "Am Abgrund"
2012 SOKO Wismar Urmas Savi Episode: "Zuckerbrot"
2012 Notruf Hafenkante Holger Lüder Episode: "Unter Brüdern"
2013 Dicte Arne Bay Episode: "Liv og legeme - del 1"
2013 The Bridge Claudio 3 episodes
2014 Alle unter eine Tanne Micha TV Movie
2015 Überleben an der Scheidungsfront Lars Knudsen TV Movie
2015-2016 Sibel & Max Dr. Tobias Olsen Main cast
2016 Cologne P.D. Jens Jensen 2 episodes
2019 The Affair Sasha Mann
2020 Dracula Count Dracula Main cast


  1. ^ /ritzau/ (9 December 2017). "Claes Bang Wins Europe's Version of the Oscars' "Best Actor Award"". (in Danish). Berlingske. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  2. ^ Dracula (TV Mini-Series 2020– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-01-22
  3. ^ "The lowdown on Dracula star Claes Bang". Evening Standard. 2020-01-02. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  4. ^ "Claes Bang in The Square". Danish Film Institute. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (2017-05-23). "Cannes Interview: 'The Square' actor Claes Bang". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  6. ^ /ritzau/ (9 December 2017). "Claes Bang Wins Europe's Version of the Oscars' "Best Actor Award"". (in Danish). Berlingske. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  7. ^ "No One - This Is Not America | Musik | DR". DR. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  8. ^ ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ Star Claes Bang Stakes Claim As Dracula In Hartswood’s Netflix & BBC Drama
  9. ^ Gilbey, Ryan (2019-12-17). "Claes Bang on playing a sexy Dracula: 'He's insatiable – and not just for blood!'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  10. ^ Grube, Lisbeth (2010-10-02). "Claes Bang blev viet til vands". Billed Bladet (in Danish). Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  11. ^ Nykänen, Text: Elna; ersson. "His name is Bang, Claes Bang | Scandinavian Traveler". Scandinavian Traveler - For the modern traveler from Scandinavian Airlines. Retrieved 2019-09-17.

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