David Dencik

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David Dencik
David Dencik in Nov 2014-3.jpg
David Dencik in 2014.
Born (1974-10-31) 31 October 1974 (age 43)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Actor

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.

Early life[edit]

Dencik was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His family moved to Denmark when he was very young.[1] As a teenager he spent one year 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.[2] He later moved back to Sweden and attended Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. His wife is a lawyer who works in Copenhagen.[3] 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.[4] His surname pronounced "DEHN-chick".


After having had minor roles in different films, David Dencik became an established actor in Sweden for his role as the killer John Ausonius in the three-part TV mini-series Lasermannen in 2005.

In 2006, he starred in the comedy Everything About My Bush (known as Allt om min buske in Swedish). In 2007, he appeared in the Danish feature film Daisy Diamond directed by Simon Staho.

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 movie Brotherhood/Broderskab and the Dimension Films thriller Regression.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Lasermannen John Ausonius TV Mini-Series
2007 Room 304 Martin
All About My Bush Henning
Daisy Diamond Jens
2008 Not Like Others Taxi Driver
2009 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Janne Dahlman Swedish Version
Brotherhood Jimmy
2010 Rosa Morena Jakob
2011 War Horse German Base Camp Officer
Room 304 Martin
Rebounce Marcel
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
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Toby Esterhase
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
2015 Regression John Gray
Men & Chicken Gabriel
2016 Follow the Money Simon Absalonsen TV series
Across the Waters Arne Itkin
2017 Backstabbing for Beginners Rasnetsov [6]
Top of the Lake: China Girl Puss TV Mini-Series


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