Asbæk at the Berlin Film Festival 2010
|Born||Johan Philip Asbæk
2 March 1982
|Alma mater||Danish National School of Theatre|
|Home town||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Children||Agnes Bro Asbæk|
Johan Philip "Pilou" Asbæk (Danish pronunciation: [pʰiˈluː ˈæːsb̥ɛɡ̊]; born 2 March 1982) is a Danish actor. He is best known for his role as troubled spin doctor Kasper Juul in the Danish TV political drama Borgen, and plays Euron Greyjoy in the TV series Game of Thrones.
Asbæk was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, the son of gallery owners Maria Patricia (née Tonn) and Jacob A. Asbæk, who run Galerie Asbæk in Copenhagen. His mother was born in Casablanca, Morocco, to a Danish father and a French mother. His father is from Hammel, Denmark. He has two older brothers, Thomas Asbæk, an art consultant at Asbæk Art Consulting, and Martin Asbæk, a gallery owner at Martin Asbæk Gallery.
Asbæk went to boarding school at Herlufsholm School where he was active in drama productions. He graduated from Denmark's Danish National School of Theatre (Danish: Statens Teaterskole) in summer 2008.
From 2010 to 2013, Asbæk played the spin-doctor, Kasper Juul, in the critically lauded Danish TV series Borgen written by Tobias Lindholm about the politics of a female Prime Minister of Denmark. Asbæk's performance was uniformly praised by critics. In 2014, the Danish public-funded DR cast Asbæk as Didrich, a landowner suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, in a big-budget period TV series called 1864.
In 2011, Asbæk starred in another piece by The Killing writer, Tobias Lindholm, in the film, R, as a Danish convict, portraying a harrowing prison experience. The film was shot in the Dogme 95-inspired style. The next year, in 2012, Asbæk starred in another Tobias Lindholm film called A Hijacking, about Somalian piracy, for which he transformed himself physically, gaining weight to imbue the role with method acting.
In 2013, Asbæk portrayed a flamboyant Danish tycoon named Simon Spies in the movie Sex, Drugs & Taxation (Danish: Spies & Glistrup). Asbæk co-stars opposite in the film with his wife's cousin, the actor Nicolas Bro, who plays the other main character, Mogens Glistrup.
In 2014, Asbæk opposite Scarlett Johansson in the Luc Besson film, Lucy. Also in 2014, Asbæk appeared in the Bille August film, Silent Heart (Danish: Stille Hjerte), in which his mother-in-law, Danish actress Vigga Bro, plays the character Lisbeth.
- 2008: Folk og røvere i Kardemomme By – Bellevue Teatret
- 2008: Core – Det Lille Gasværk
On 10 May 2014, Asbæk co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, with Lise Rønne and Nikolaj Koppel. Some critics commented adversely on the obscure jokes shared by the presenters throughout the televised show.
Asbæk's wife is playwright Anna Bro, who has been his partner since 2008. She is the daughter of the actors Hans Henrik Clemensen and Vigga Bro and comes from an extended family of actors. The couple has a daughter, Agnes, born on 31 December 2012.
The nickname Pilou came from his mother's French ancestry, and is a French version of the word Pip. The nickname is because Asbæk was the youngest son, in French, "petit" for littlest, "Little Philip." Pilou is an abbreviation of Petit Philip.
- 2010: Danish Film Academy – Robert Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for R
- 2010: Danish Film Critics Association's Bodil Awards – Bodil Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for R
- 2011: Berlin International Film Festival – Shooting Stars Award
- 2012: Ove Sprogøe Prize
|2008||Worlds Apart (Danish: To Verdener)||Teis|
|Crying for Love (Danish: Dig og Mig)||Oliver|
|2010||R||Rune||Won – Bodil Awards for Best Actor
Won – Robert Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Zulu Award for Best Actor
|A Family (Danish: En Familie)||Peter||Nominated – Bodil Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Ole Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Robert Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2012||A Hijacking (Danish: Kapringen)||Mikkel Hartmann||Nominated – Bodil Awards for Best Actor
Nominated – Robert Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2013||Sex, Drugs & Taxation (Danish: Spies & Glistrup)||Simon Spies||Nominated – Robert Award for Best Actor|
|Speed Walking (Danish: Kapgang)||Onkel Kristian|
|The Absent One (Danish: Fasandræberne)||Ditlev Pram|
|Silent Heart (Danish: Stille Hjerte)||Dennis|
|2015||April 9th (Danish: 9. April)||Sekondløjtnant Sand|
|A War (Danish: Krigen)||Claus Michael Pedersen|
|2017||Ghost in the Shell||Batou||Filming|
|2009||Den Fremmede (English: Odd One Out)||Den Mørkhårede||Short|
|The Killing (Danish: Forbrydelsen)||David Grüner||1 episode|
|The Left Wing Gang (Danish: Blekingegade)||Carsten Nielsen||Mini-Series; 3 episodes|
|Borgen||Kasper Juul||29 episodes|
|2013||The Borgias||Paolo Orsini||7 episodes|
|2016-present||Game of Thrones||Euron Greyjoy||2 episodes|
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|Awards and achievements|
|Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Lise Rønne and Nikolaj Koppel)
Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler, Arabella Kiesbauer