Morten Tyldum

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Morten Tyldum
Tyldum in 2013
Born (1967-05-19) 19 May 1967 (age 56)
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts
Years active1991–present
SpouseJanne Tyldum (-2016)

Morten Tyldum (Norwegian: [ˈmɔ̂ʈːn̩ ˈtʏ̀ldʉm];[verification needed] born 19 May 1967) is a Norwegian film director. He is best known in his native Norway for directing the thriller film Headhunters (2011), based on the novel by Jo Nesbø, and internationally for directing the historical drama The Imitation Game (2014), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, and the science fiction drama Passengers (2016).

Early life[edit]

Tyldum was born in Bergen, Norway. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts in New York.[1] He originally wanted to be a musician, but abandoned the ambition when he entered film school.[2]


He had his feature film debut with Buddy in 2003, a film that won great popular and critical acclaim. Previously he had worked in television, music videos, commercials and short films. He had been named Film Talent of the Year by the newspaper Dagbladet in 1999.[3]

Since Buddy, he has made the movie Fallen Angels in 2008 and Headhunters (Hodejegerne) in 2011. Headhunters is based on the 2008 novel by same name written by Jo Nesbø. It became the highest-grossing Norwegian film that year.

He made his English language debut with the historical drama The Imitation Game, about the life of mathematician Alan Turing, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.[4] The Imitation Game immediately became an international success, and was nominated for eight Oscars at the 87th Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a Best Director nomination for Tyldum himself.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Tyldum lived in Beverly Hills with his wife Janne and their child. They also maintained a house in Norway.[6] After he divorced his wife and her death by suicide, he moved back to Oslo, Norway, with his son.[7]



Short film

Year Title Notes
1996 Lorenzo
2000 Fort Forever
2002 H Segment of Folk flest bor i Kina


Year Title Director Executive
1991 U - rett og slett Yes No
1992 U - Verden Yes No
1992-1994 U Yes No 19 episodes
1993 U - Vår Vår Yes No 2 episodes
1994 U - Musikk Yes No Miniseries
U-natt Yes No 1 episode
U - Åtte & 1/2 Yes No 8 episodes
1996 En mann må gjøre det han må Yes No TV movie
2017 Counterpart Yes Yes Episode "The Crossing"
2018 Jack Ryan Yes Yes Episode "Pilot"
2020 Defending Jacob Yes Yes Miniseries
2023 Silo Yes Yes 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Title Result
2002 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival - Special Prize Buddy Won
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival - FIPRESCI Prize Won
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival - Award of Independent Cinema Owners Won
2003 Warsaw International Film Festival - Audience Award Won
Norwegian International Film Festival - Audience Award Won
Norwegian International Film Festival - Most Enjoyable Film Won
Molodist International Film Festival - Best Film Award Nominated
Bratislava International Film Festival - Grand Prix Nominated
Amanda Awards, Norway - Best Nordic Newcomer Nominated
2004 Sofia International Film Festival - Grand Prix Won
Amanda Awards, Norway - Best Film Won
2008 Amanda Awards, Norway - Best Director Fallen Angels Won
2011 Philadelphia Film Festival - Audience Award Headhunters Won
2012 European Film Awards - Audience Award Nominated
Amanda Awards, Norway - Public Choice Award Won
2013 BAFTA Film Award - Best Foreign Film Nominated
2014 Hollywood Film Awards - Best Director The Imitation Game Won
2015 AACTA International Awards - Best Direction Nominated
Directors Guild Awards - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film Nominated
Academy Award for Best Director Nominated


  1. ^ "Morten Tyldum" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on January 20, 2005. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  2. ^ "Top 100 People in Hollywood". Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  3. ^ Sissel Fantoft (2002-09-17). ""Buddy" - debutantenes film" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  4. ^ "Tyldum Leaves TORDENSKIOLD Biopic Afloat. Instead, Will Decrypt THE IMITATION GAME". TwitchFilm. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  5. ^ "2015 Oscars - Nominees - 87th Academy Awards Nominations". Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Hele verden fr se Hodejegerne". Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Filmregissør Morten Tyldum flytter hjem. Slutten i L.A. ble vond.", Aftenposten 15 August 2020

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