Mikkel Gaup

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Mikkel Gaup
Mikkel Gaup (middle in a gákti) and Nils Gaup (right) on the red carpet at the 60th Annual Academy Awards
Born (1968-01-16) 16 January 1968 (age 55)
NationalitySámi, Norwegian

Mikkel Mathis Gaup (born 16 January 1968) is a Sámi Norwegian film and stage actor. He is best known for his acting debut in the film Pathfinder, directed by his uncle Nils Gaup,[1][2] and he has also appeared in a number of other productions, including Breaking the Waves and The Kautokeino Rebellion.


Gaup was born in Alta, Norway. He made his film debut in 1987, playing the leading role as "Aigin" in the film Pathfinder.[3] The film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1988 Oscars.[4]

He also appeared in a number of other films, including the 1991 film The Miracle, the 1996 film Breaking the Waves, and the 2008 film The Kautokeino Rebellion as "Aslak Hætta".

As stage actor he has worked for various theatres, including Beaivváš Sámi Teahter, Den Nationale Scene and Riksteatret.[5]

He has also performed and recorded joik, a form of traditional Sami folk music.[6]

He participated in Melodi Grand Prix 2021 alongside Marianne Pentha with the song "Pages".

Personal life[edit]

Mikkel has a daughter Maiken Madeleine from a relationship with Laila Rennan.[7][8] He married Trine Næssvik in July 2012 in Gudbrandsdalen.[9]


  1. ^ "Joiker i Melodi Grand Prix på samenes nasjonaldag". www.aftenbladet.no (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  2. ^ Aslaksen, Eilif Andreas (2008-08-14). "Nils Gaup: – Frarøvet framtiden". NRK (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2021-08-10.
  3. ^ ""Veiviseren» en av Norges ti beste filme"". NRK (in Norwegian). 30 March 2017.
  4. ^ Barrett, Michael S. (2018). Foreign Language Films and the Oscar: The Nominees and Winners, 1948-2017. McFarland. pp. 115–117. ISBN 978-1476674209.
  5. ^ Bolstad, Erik (ed.). "Mikkel Gaup". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  6. ^ Gitte Johannessen (12 March 2019). "Mikkel Gaup lar joik møte dubstep i platedebuten". Sunnmørsposten (in Norwegian).
  7. ^ "Gikk videre i Frøken Norge". Se og Hør (in Norwegian). 18 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Maiken har blitt "beautyqueen"". NRK (in Norwegian). 11 January 2009.
  9. ^ "Mikkel Gaup (44) har giftet seg". Nordlys (in Norwegian). 21 July 2012.

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