Ester Pajusoo

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Ester Pajusoo
Ester Lage

(1934-07-01) 1 July 1934 (age 84)
Years active1958–present
Spouse(s)Jüri Pajusoo (1956-2006)
AwardsEST Order of the White Star - 4th Class BAR.png

Ester Pajusoo (born 1 July 1934)[1] is an Estonian stage, film, radio and television actress whose career has spanned nearly six decades.

Early life[edit]

Born Ester Lage in the small village of Nõmme in rural Tuhala Parish (now, Kose Parish; not to be confused with Nõmme, one of the urban administrative districts of Tallinn), she was the youngest of three daughters of Johannes Lage and Marie Johanna "Anni" Lage (née Kull). She had three older half-siblings from her father's previous marriage. She graduated from secondary school in Tallinn in 1953 and attended the Estonian Drama Theatre's training studio, graduating in 1957. In 1956, she began using the surname Pajusoo after her marriage to Jüri Pajusoo.[2][3]

Stage career[edit]

Ester Pajusoo began an engagement at the Estonian Drama Theatre in 1958, the year following her graduation. Pajusoo has been with the theatre ever since. She made her stage debut at the theatre in Bertolt Brecht's Mr Puntila and his Man Matti in 1958. During her years at the theatre, she has performed in a number of stage productions by such international playwrights and authors as: William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett, Henrik Ibsen, Evgeny Schwartz, Hjalmar Söderberg, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Yukio Mishima, Arthur Miller and Anton Chekhov, among others. Notable performances in works by Estonian playwrights and authors include those of: Oskar Luts, Mats Traat, Andrus Kivirähk, Jaan Kross and Anton Hansen Tammsaare.[4]

Film and television[edit]

Pajusoo made her film debut as the character Sirje in the 1960 Virve Aruoja directed Estonian drama television film Näitleja Joller. This was followed by a small, uncredited role in the 1972 Sulev Nõmmik directed television film comedy Noor pensionär. In 1981, she made her screen debut in the Arvo Kruusement directed drama Karge meri; an adaptation of the 1938 August Gailit novel of the same name. She would not appear in another film until 2006; in the Roman Baskin directed comedy Vana daami visiit. Her appearance in Vana daami visiit would revive her film career and between 2006 and 2016, she would appear in eight films; including the title role of Astrid in the 2016 Sander Koit drama short.[5]

Among her more memorable roles in television was that of the recurring character Reet from 2008 until 2013 in the historical mini-series Tuulepealne maa, which aired on Eesti Televisioon. She has also made appearances on Estonian television series including Ohtlik lend, Kättemaksukontor and IT-planeet.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Ester Pajusoo was married to Jüri Pajusoo from 1956 until his death in 2006. She currently resides in Tallinn.[7]


  • Väike Ants, Estonian Drama Theatre Prize, Supporting Actress (Imbi Rehepapp; Rehepapp ja näärisokk and Vihukse perenaine; Tagasi Vargamäel) (2001)[8][9]
  • Order of the White Star, IV Class (2004)[10]


  1. ^ Eesti Draamateater Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  2. ^ Kalju Haan, Heino Aassalu, Vilma Paalma. Eesti teatri biograafiline leksikon. Tallinn: Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus: Eesti Teatriliit, 2000. ISBN 9985700562
  3. ^ Geni Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  4. ^ Eesti Draamateater Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  5. ^ Eesti Filmi Andmebaas Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  6. ^ Eesti Filmi Andmebaas Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  7. ^ Õhtuleht Olin pisarateni liigutatud... 3 January 2002. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  8. ^ publik Ester Pajusoo 70. 30 June 2004. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  9. ^ Õhtuleht Olin pisarateni liigutatud... 3 January 2002. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  10. ^ Eesti Draamateater Retrieved 30 November 2016.

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