Ellen Nyman

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Ellen Nyman
Born (1971-12-21) 21 December 1971 (age 47)

Ellen Nyman (born 21 December 1971) is a Swedish actress, performance artist and theatre director.[1][2]

Nyman was born in Eritrea[3] and grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. She attended the Århus Theatre School in Denmark 1993-1997. Since her graduation, she has worked within theater, film, performance art, and television in both Denmark and Sweden. Nyman has performed with The Royal Danish Theatre, The Betty Nansen Theatre, Malmö City Theatre and in Henning Mankell’s play Lampedus and many more.[1]

Parallel to her acting, Nyman runs a political art project called SPACECAMPAIGN, which includes posters and t-shirts, plus activities such as talks, fictitious articles and performance art. The aim is to nuance the mass medial conceptions of, ethnic minorities.[3][4]

Nyman has been a regular cast member of several TV-shows such as the Danish dramas At the Faber (season 4) and the 1st season of Forsvar,[5] the Swedish mini-series Om ett hjärta plus minor roles in crime dramas Wallander and The Bridge.[1]

Today she lives in Stockholm, but resided in Copenhagen for many years. Through her art, she commented on the right-wing populist Danish People's Party in various ways, including singing the Danish National Anthem on election night, while wrapped in a tablecloth from IKEA (to look more like the stereotypical Eritrean woman) to the partys leader Pia Kjaersgaard.[6][7] The party holds that Denmark is not naturally a country of immigration, and that it has never been so. The party also does not accept a multi-ethnic transformation of Denmark,[8] and rejects multiculturalism".[9]

In 2012, Nyman directed A Performance of Swedish Arms Exports (En föreställning om svensk vapenexport) at Teater Tribunalen. The goal is to initiate a national referendum on Swedish arms export.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c "Malmö Stadsteater". Malmostadsteater.se. Archived from the original on 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  2. ^ "larm / Ellen Nyman". Larm.pbworks.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  3. ^ a b "Minority Report: Challenging Intolerance in Contemporary Denmark - Aarhus Festival 2004". Minority-report.dk. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Ellen Nyman". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  6. ^ "Privilege Walk/Symposium" (PDF). Foreningenja.org. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  7. ^ "Ful". Tidskriftenful.se. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  8. ^ "Principprogram". Dansk Folkeparti. Archived from the original on 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  9. ^ "Världens lyckligaste folk". 1 September 2009, TV4.
  10. ^ Tweet Malin Axelsson malin.axelsson@svd.se (2012-06-11). "Politiken åter i huvudrollen | Kultur | SvD" (in Swedish). Svd.se. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130301015400/http://teaterstockholm.se/archives/4370/. Archived from the original on March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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