Joakim Nätterqvist

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Dag Joakim Tedson Nätterqvist (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈjuːakɪm ˈnɛtːɛrkvɪst]; born 24 October 1974) is a Swedish actor, theatre director, musical artist, singer and songwriter and acting coach.


Nätterqvist was born in Gamla Uppsala. He is the son of competitive equestrians Ted and Pia Levin Nätterqvist and grew up on Flammabyggets equestrian farm outside Laholm. Nätterqvis learned to ride at age of four and competed in show jumping as a child and teenager. He is the grandson of Swedish show jumping rider and trainer Dag Nätterqvist.[1][2]

As a youth, he was more drawn to the world of sports, rather than drama, not only competing in equestrian sports, but playing ice hockey and football as well. After attending several smaller drama institutes, he graduated from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in Stockholm in 2001. He quickly landed a three-year stint with Stockholm City Theatre, where he appeared in, among others, Hamlet and A View from the Bridge. He also had the chance to work with Lars Norén, considered by many to be Sweden's most prominent contemporary playwright, at The National Theatre Company[3] in his play Terminal.

He landed his first leading TV role in the 2002 mini-series Stackars Tom.[4]


Arn: Knight Templar[edit]

Nätterqvist has since then moved on to television and film. He had his big breakthrough in 2007 when he starred in the movie Arn – The Knight Templar, its sequel and the six-part[5] television series.[6] Nätterqvist played the leading role of crusading knight Arn Magnusson. Once the stunt team realized how well Nätterqvist could ride, he ended up performing his own horse stunts. He also benefitted from previous classes in olympic fencing for several past theatre productions, and his general interest in fencing (he was a special guest and speaker at the 2012 Swedish Competitive Fencing Convention).[7]

Nätterqvist was trained in medieval weapons and longbow archery by Steve Ralphs, costume armourer and archery coach for Game of Thrones, Wrath of the Titans and Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.

This is the most expensive movie project in the history of Swedish film and was shot in English and Swedish, on location in Sweden, Scotland and Morocco with an international cast.[6] The production was headed by Svensk Filmindustri in conjunction with Film i Väst, TV4 (Sweden), Telepool (Germany), Danmarks Radio (Denmark), YLE (Finland) and TV 2 (Norway).[8]

The Arn project has been shown on television in many areas of the world. When it was shown in France on France 4,[9] it went up against Showtime's historical drama The Tudors, on NRJ12 in the same time slot, and rated with a higher numbers of viewers.[10]

Recent projects[edit]

He has continued work with television, theatre and film. In 2011, he co-starred in the controversial Swedish film With Every Heartbeat/Kiss Me[11] and award-winning music video director Adam Berg's film In.[12] Americans saw him in the 2011 season finale of USA Network's series Covert Affairs.[13]

Since the fall of 2011 he has been playing fashion designer and love interest Hugo Cronstedt in TV3's popular romantic comedy-drama Elsas Värld. The show came back for a second series in 2013 and consisted of 20 episodes, lasting into the spring of 2014. [14]

In December 2016 the Russian medieval epic Viking premiered. He had spent most of the previous summer shooting on location in Russia. Nätterqvist has a large supporting role as a Viking chieftain and mercenary.[15] The film has taken around $25 million at the box office in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States , becoming the top-grossing Russian film to be released in 2016. It was released in western Europe on Amazon Prime and Sky Digital[16]

In July 2017 he will once again participate in the Norwegian outdoor musical Eplene i messehagen,[17] this time in a different role than what he played in 2014.[18]

In 2016 he joined the 5:th season of popular police procedural Maria Wern as Torwalds, a Stockholm police detective and will reprise this role in season 6 (2018).[19][20]

During the fall of 2018, Nätterqvist has been busy shooting the TV-pilot for Skärvor, an outlaw motorcycle club drama-thriller, from producers Susanne Hörnquist & Magnus G Bergström. He is playing the part of Stefan Andreason, president of Rubicon MC[21]

In April 2019 he was working alongside Victor von Schirach and Regina Lund on "Dizdarevic Film's" pilot episode of Vad hände egentligen på...? (Whatever happened at...) an anthology series that will retell documented "supernatural" events and strange murders from Stockholms past.[22][23]

In 2019 he joined 4:the season of popular crime drama Gåsmamman portraying the foster dad Patrik Thorin.[24][25] The new season will premier on streaming service C More in November, and on TV4 (Sweden) the following year.[26]

Nätterqvist will play Little John in Robin Hood-the Musical World Premier 27 October in Stockholm, to be followed by a Swedish tour 2019/2020, visiting over 20 different cities.[27][28]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Gamla stan, the medieval section of Stockholm.[29] He has a son with actress Cecilia Häll named Zeth, Zeth recently provided the voice for one of the animated characters in the Swedish release of The Good Dinosaur.[30]

Nätterqvist is bilingual in Swedish and English (he speaks English with two different accents, standardized American English and British Received Pronunciation).

His favorite play is Macbeth.[31]

Voted sexiest man in Sweden 2007 by Plaza Magazine.[32]

Nätterqvist has been very active raising money for UNICEF.[33]

He is one of the founders of Actors Studio Stockholm, a two-year drama academy.[34]

In August 2013, rapper turned celebrity fitness trainer David "D-Flex" Seisay, published his book ‘'Träna med D-flex'’. Nätterqvist contributed to the book, and is featured in text and photos displaying Seisay's fitness instructions.[35]


He has a Britpop/Indie pop band named Narcissistic Street. They released the CD Soldier in Me in 2008.[36][37] The album was recorded before he made his big breakthrough as the medieval knight and had to postpone the album release due to massive Arn project.[6] In December 2011 the band performed at the European premiere of David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.[38]

Nätterqvist sings on two songs on post-punk revivalists The Ohios album Every Sorrow Claims Happiness. One of the tracks, "Let My Legs Walk" is featured in the soundtrack to horror-comedy American Burger.[39][40]

On 21 December 2017, Nätterqvist released the Christmas-themed single "Jule ljus" on iTunes and Spotify. A second song "En sequined sen" dropped in late April 2018, and more material will be released throughout 2018, with another tune dropped in late April. The new material will steer away from the Britpop/Indie pop sound of Narcissistic Street, and move into the Swedish singer-songwriter/pop rock tradition.[41]

Unscripted television[edit]

Nätterqvist has also worked with unscripted television. In 2010 he almost won the Swedish version of Let's Dance for Comic Relief with his interpretation of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance.[42] In spring 2011 he co-hosted the popular TV cooking show Klockan åtta hos stjärnorna.[43] He has also participated in other shows such as Herr och Fru, Doobidoo[44][45] and Fenomen med Uri Geller.[46]


He is the co-founder of Actors Studio Stockholm, a 2-year academic program, that incorporates and the Meisner and Chekhov techniques with Swedish stage traditions. Nätterqvist has also taught drama at several other schools in Sweden, after-school drama coaching for teens, weekend workshops, and with unemployed actors via the Public Employment Service.[47]


Cinema appearances
Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Bomber Photographer
2001 Tsatsiki: Friends Forever Niclas
2002 We Can Be Heroes! Coach
2007 Arn – The Knight Templar Arn Magnusson Nominated: European Film Awards Audience Award
2008 Arn – The Kingdom at Road's End Arn Magnusson Guldbagge Award: Audience Award[48]
2011 In Håkan Best Short Film at 2011 Gothenburg Film Festival
2011 Kiss Me (With Every Heartbeat ) Tim Bratthall 2012 Guldbagge Award from Swedish Film Institute.

Audience Award, Breakthrough Section, at the American Film Institute Fest[49]

2014 Inte som på film (Not Like the Movies) Tommy Young adult crime family drama
2016 Viking Khevding Russian historic drama
2018 Maria Wern DCI Torwalds
2019 Det sista som dör Julia's father By Jacob Wahlqvist and Peter Johansson[50]
2019 Gåsmamman Patrik Thorin Dir. Richard Holm and Joakim Eliasson ( Bigster)
2020 Plocka tänder med trasiga fingrar The Admiral Independent Victorian era fantasy/horror thriller[51]
Television appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Aspiranterna Moses
1998 Beck Young Jon Anders Beck – Öga för öga
1998 Waiting for the Tenor/Veranda för en tenor The Production Assistant
2002 Spung Ana-Maria's boyfriend 4 episodes, Season I
2002 Stackars Tom Tom
2003 Talismanen The Thief Produced & co-written by Henning Mankell
2004 Linné och hans apostlar Daniel Solander
2004 Skeppsholmen
2005 Kommissionen News anchor
2008 Häxdansen Henke
2008 Filmen om Arn Arn Magnusson Television program
2009 Life in Fagervik Village Rasmus Svensk Joined cast with series 2, 11 episodes
2010 Arn: The Series Arn Magnusson 6 episodes
2011 Covert Affairs Little Magnus 2011 Season Finale, USA Network
2011 Nils Holgerssons wunderbare Reise Tore Berggren Mini-series, German TV broadcaster ARD
2011–2012 Elsas Värld Hugo Cronsted Season 1
2012 Hellenius Hörna The Shining Knight Special Guest Star[52]
2013 Fort Boyard
2013 Tänk om ryktet är sant Erik 90-minute single drama
2013–2014 Elsas Värld 2 Hugo Cronsted
2014 Star Wars Rebels Kanan Jarrus Swedish voice (Season 1)
2016 Maria Wern DCI Torwalds[19] Season 5
2016–2017 Star Wars Rebels Kanan Jarrus Swedish voice (Season 2)
2018 Maria Wern Torwalds Season 6[20]
2018 Skärvor Stefan Andersson Pilot based on LiseLotte Divelli's novel.[21][53]
2019 Gåsmamman Patrik Thorin Season 4[25] on TV 4
2020 Vad hände egentligen på...? Mr. Bartender Supernatural historical anthology series
2020 The Sandman Murders Season 7

Selected Stage Appearances[edit]

Selected Podcast Appearances[edit]

  • Richards and Mckie Present Randompedia[58]


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