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David Dencik in 2014.
Karl David Sebastian Dencik
31 October 1974
Karl David Sebastian Dencik (born 31 October 1974) is a Swedish-Danish actor. He has acted in both Swedish and Danish films, and has also had major roles in English-language films including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Dencik was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His family moved to Denmark when he was very young. As a teenager, he spent his youth studying in Brazil, where he discovered Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. The dance aspect of Capoeira made him take an interest in theatre. He later moved back to Sweden and attended Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. His wife is a lawyer who works in Copenhagen. He uses Denmark as his base, but since his work takes him to Sweden he also has an apartment in Stockholm. His father is Lars Dencik, Professor of Social Psychology at Roskilde University, born in 1941 of Jewish parents from Slovakia (then part of Czechoslovakia), who escaped the Holocaust by finding refuge in Sweden. His mother was Kerstin Allroth-Dencik. His surname is pronounced DEHN-chick.
He portrayed Fred Åkerström in the biographical film Cornelis, starring Hank Von Helvete as Cornelis Vreeswijk. In 2011, he appeared in the Hollywood-adaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and played Toby Esterhase in the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He also starred in the gay-themed Brotherhood and the Dimension Films thriller Regression. In 2017 he played brothel owner Alexander "Puss" Braun, in Jane Campion's acclaimed Top of the Lake. McMafia (2018) saw Dencik play Russian Boss, Uncle Boris Godman, inspired by the book McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld (2008) by journalist Misha Glenny.
|2005||Lasermannen||John Ausonius||TV Mini-Series|
|All About My Bush||Henning|
|2008||Not Like Others||Taxi Driver|
|2009||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Janne Dahlman||Swedish Version|
|2011||War Horse||German Base Camp Officer|
|Lykke||Professor Anders Assing||Danish "comedy-drama" 2011 & 2012|
|Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy||Toby Esterhase|
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Young Morell||English Version|
|2012||A Royal Affair||Ove Høegh-Guldberg|
|All That Matters Is Past||Ruud|
|Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation||Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden|
|2013||The Borgias||Cardinal Orsini||TV series|
|We are the Best!||Klara's father|
|2014||The Absent One||Ulrik Dybbøl|
|Men & Chicken||Gabriel|
|2016||Follow the Money||Simon Absalonsen||TV series|
|Across the Waters||Arne Itkin|
|2017||Backstabbing for Beginners||Rasnetsov|||
|Top of the Lake: China Girl||Puss||TV Mini-Series|
|2018||McMafia||Boris Godman||TV Series|
- Quist, Dorte (2011-02-01). "David Dencik: Svært at miste min mor" (in Danish). Billed Bladet. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
- "Actor extraordinaire David Dencik!" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio P3. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
Han kan hjula bra och är en capoeira-mästare.
- Dencik, Lars (2013-10-21). "The Art of Being Jewish in the Swedish Modernity" (PDF). Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
- "Kerstin Allroth" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-04-30.
- Miska, Brad (2015-02-12). "Dimension's 'Regression' Trailer, In English This Time!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
- "Backstabbing for Beginners". Copenhagen Film Fund. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
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