Kristofer Hivju

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Kristofer Hivju
Kristofer Hivju in 2015
Hivju in 2015
Born (1978-12-07) 7 December 1978 (age 44)
Oslo, Norway
Years active2001–present
(m. 2015)
Parent(s)Erik Hivju
Lieselotte Holmene
RelativesIsabelle Nanty (cousin)

Kristofer Hivju (Norwegian: [krɪˈstɔ̀fːər ˈhɪ̂vjʉː]; born 7 December 1978) is a Norwegian actor. He is best known for playing the roles of Tormund Giantsbane in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones[1] and Connor Rhodes in The Fate of the Furious.

Early life[edit]

Hivju was born in Oslo, Norway.[2] He attended the Danish subdivision of the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) in Aarhus and graduated in 2004.


He began of his career and starred in the television series, such as Fox Grønland and Seks som oss, in the 2008 film Manhunt, and plays at the Grusomhetens Teater and Trøndelag Teater, as well as written scripts for the short films Closework from 2005 and Flax from 2008.

In the several times, he portrays Viking King Olav II in Norwegian-produced documentary film Olav, and also appeared in From Hate to Hope.

In 2013–2019, Hivju had the role of Tormund Giantsbane in American fantasy series Game of Thrones by HBO. His first appearance was in the first episode of the third season, "Valar Dohaeris". In 2013, he also appeared in M. Night Shyamalan's science fiction film After Earth from the same year.

Personal life[edit]

Hivju is the son of Norwegian actors Erik Hivju and Lieselotte Holmene and is the cousin of French actress Isabelle Nanty.[3] He is married to Gry Molvær Hivju. Together they have two daughters, Noor (born in 2007) and Sylja (born in 2008).[4]

Hivju also has great interest in disc golf, being an active player and community enforcer. In 2022, Innova Champion Discs released Hivju's own signature roc, a mid-range disc golf disc.[citation needed]


On 16 March 2020, Hivju announced on Twitter and Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in Norway.[5] On 15 April, Hivju said he had made a full recovery.[6]



Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2008 Rovdyr Man 2 / Man in Café Patrik Syversen
2011 The Thing Jonas Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.
2013 After Earth Security Chief M. Night Shyamalan
2014 In Order of Disappearance Stig Erik "Strike" Smith Hans Petter Moland
Force Majeure Mats Ruben Östlund
Operation Arctic Fangstmann Grethe Bøe-Waal
The World Is Waiting TBA Mariken Halle
2015 The Wendy Effect Percy Ole Endresen
2016 The Last King Torstein Skevla Nils Gaup
2017 The Fate of the Furious Connor Rhodes F. Gary Gray
2020 Downhill Michel Nat Faxon
Jim Rash
2023 Cocaine Bear Olaf Kristoffer Elizabeth Banks
Red One TBA Jake Kasdan Filming
TBA Distant Dwayne Will Speck
Josh Gordon


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Fox Grønland Jim Olsen 2 episodes
2006 Melonas TBA
2007 Six Like Us Bar Customer 1 episode
Largest of All Ben 6 episodes
2013 The Games Expert Commentator 1 episode
2013–2019 Game of Thrones Tormund Giantsbane 33 episodes
2014 Lilyhammer Tormod 1 episode
2016–present Beck Steinar Hovland 7 episodes
2017 The Lion Guard Kenge (voice) 1 episode
2019 Twin Adam & Erik 8 episodes
2020 DuckTales Jormungandr (voice) 1 episode
2021 The Witcher Nivellen Episode: "A Grain of Truth"

Shorts and documentaries[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2005 Closework Pleieren (Nurse/Hygienist) Kristoffer Metcalfe Short
2007 Kilolirakis N/A N/A
2008 En perfekt dag for golf Gudmund the Paramedic Eric Magnusson English title: A Perfect Day for Golf
Scratch Torpedo Bård Ivar Engelsås English title: Flax
Writing Credit
2011 Min Siste Bull Victim Onur Genc Short
Din Tur Eik Vegard Dahle English title: Your Turn
Olav Olaf II of Norway N/A Documentary
2013 Haikeren Torgeir Anders Teig Short
2014 Its OK The Hipster Kristoffer Metcalfe


  1. ^ "Season three casting announced!". Winter is Coming. 13 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  2. ^ "- Denne rollen vil åpne mange dører for meg". 17 July 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Isabelle Nanty : " Ma fille n'a jamais vu mes films "". Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Kristofer Hivju var nær ved å miste rollen i «Game of Thrones»: - de var skikkelige forbannet på meg". 15 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Thorne, Will (16 March 2020). "'Game of Thrones' Star Kristofer Hivju Tests Positive for Coronavirus". Variety. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  6. ^ Perez, Lexy (15 April 2020). "'Game of Thrones' Star Kristofer Hivju Says He's "Fully Recovered" From Coronavirus". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 April 2020.

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