Lena Endre

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Lena Endre
Lena Endre.jpg
Endre at the 2013 Guldbagge Award.
Born (1955-07-08) 8 July 1955 (age 63)
Spouse(s)Malte Ekblom
(m. 1979–1981)

Vjeko Benzon
(m. 1982–1985)

Richard Hobert
(m. 2000–2012)
Partner(s)Thomas Hanzon (1988–1998)

Lena Endre (born 8 July 1955) is a Swedish actress of film and television,[1] primarily in the Swedish and Norwegian markets, known for her parts in the Liv Ullmann film Trolösa (2000), and the Millennium series of films (e.g., The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), based on the eponymous trio of Stieg Larsson books. Endre made her English-language debut in 2012, in Paul Thomas Anderson's movie The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Early life[edit]

Endre was born in Lidingö, Stockholm County and grew up in Härnösand, Ångermanland, and Trollbäcken, Tyresö.[2] Initially, she was studying Marine Biology[3] before dropping out to work at a record store; she participated in amateur theater during this time.[2] She acted as a part of the Teater Sputnik and Inge Waern's Theatre Studio theater groups in 1979. In 1983, she was accepted to the Stockholm Academy of the Performing Arts.[3]


Endre graduated Stockholm Academy of the Performing Arts in 1986 and had her breakthrough in the Swedish television series The Department Store[3] and Lorry in the 1980s.[2] She left the cast of The Department Store after identifying too closely with her character. Endre was hired by the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 1987.[3] Prior to her role on The Department Store, she had a small part in the film The Inside Man in 1984.[2]

Since then she has acted in a number of television and film productions, primarily in Sweden and Norway.

She is known for her part in the Liv Ullmann film Trolösa (2000),[citation needed] as well as her role as Katarina, the love interest for Wallander in the second TV series of that name.[when?][citation needed] Endre also appeared in two films by Danish director Simon Staho, Dag och Natt (2004) and Himlens Hjärta (2008),[citation needed] for which she was nominated as Best Leading Actress at the Swedish film awards, "Guldbagge".[citation needed] More recently, Endre dramatized the character "Erika Berger," editor of the fictional investigative periodical Millenium in the trilogy of films—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (all 2009)—based on the eponymous trio of Stieg Larsson books.[citation needed]

Endre made her English-language debut in Paul Thomas Anderson's movie The Master, alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Laura Dern.[citation needed]


Lena Endre received "Guldbagge" (Swedish film award) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1997 and for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2000,[4] and was a host of the same awards in 2006.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Endre has two children from a relationship with the actor Thomas Hanzon that spanned from 1988 to 1998.[citation needed] Endre was married to the Swedish director Richard Hobert from 2000 to 2012.[citation needed]

Selected filmography[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Terry Keefe, 2012, "Talking Limbo with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's Lena Endre," The Hollywood Interview (online), November 19, 2012, see [1], accessed 13 June 2015.
  • Anon., 2012, "Collaborators, Actress: Lena Endre," at Ingmar Bergman Foundation, May 17, 2012, see [2], accessed 12 June 2015.


  1. ^ * "Lena Endre" (in Swedish). Swedish Film Institute. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Bergqvist, PO. "Lena Endre". The Swedish Film Database. Archived from the original on 9 April 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Lena Endre". Ingmar Bergman. Stiftelsen Ingmar Bergman. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Lena Endre Awards". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Lena Endre at the Swedish Film Database. (Swedish)