Pääru Oja

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Pääru Oja
Born (1989-05-16) 16 May 1989 (age 30)
Years active2010 – present

Pääru Oja (born 16 May 1989) is an Estonian stage, film, voice, and television actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Pääru Oja was born in Tallinn, the youngest of two sons. His father is actor Tőnu Oja and his older brother is Estonian Theatre Festival CEO and theatre manager Kaarel Oja, who is married to actress Ursula Ratasepp. His uncle is actor, director and theatre instructor Rein Oja. He attended primary and secondary schools in Tallinn before being accepted to the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn, where graduated from in 2012. Oja's diploma roles included Father of Toulon in Peter Barnes' Red Noses (2010), Joseph Wykowski in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, and Argante in Molière's The Imaginary Invalid (2011).[1][2]



Following his graduation from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Pääru Oja began an engagement at the Estonian Drama Theatre in Tallinn, where he is still currently employed. Some of Oja's more memorable roles at the Estonian Drama Theatre to date have been:[3]

Oja has also appeared performed as Franz in Jaan Kruusvall's Tasandikkude helinad at the Saueaugu Theatre in Ohtla in 2011, and as Alexander Herzen in Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia at the Tallinn City Theatre in 2013.[4]


Pääru Oja's first film appearance was in the role of Kristjan in the 2010 short Ei oska filmi teha, directed by Hardi Keerutaja and featuring Mikk Jürjens and Viire Valdma. Over the next few years, he appeared in a number of other film shorts. In 2013, he made his feature-length film debut in the small role of Evaristus in the René Vilbre directed children's fantasy film Väikelinna detektiivid ja valge daami saladus.[5]

In 2015, Oja appeared as Sanitar Elmar 'Säinas' in the Elmo Nüganen directed war film 1944 for Matila Röhr Productions (MRP) and Taska Film. Set in World War II, the film is shown through the eyes of Estonian soldiers who had to choose sides and thus fight against their fellow countrymen. It was selected as the Estonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[6] The following year, he appeared as Siim in the Toomas Hussar directed political thriller Luuraja ja luuletaja, starring Jan Uuspõld. In 2017, it was announced he would appear in the Kaur Kokk directed period drama Põrgu Jaan.[7] In 2018, he appeared as the title character in the Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon directed Icelandic-Estonian drama Mihkel opposite Tómas Lemarquis and as the character Ott in the Siim Tamm directed drama-thriller Hölma All.[8]

Oja has also worked as a voice actor, dubbing foreign animated films into the Estonian language. In 2013, he lent his voice to the Estonian dubbing of the Canadian-American 3D computer animated science fiction-comedy film Escape from Planet Earth (Estonian: Põgenemine planeedilt Maa).[9][10]


Between 2014 and 2015, Pääru Oja had a recurring role as Markus Heng on the popular TV3 comedy-crime series Kättemaksukontor.[11] In 2018, he began a starring role as Alex in the TV3 crime series Lõks.[12]


In 2016, Pääru Oja was one of 77 Estonian actors to honor the 400th year of William Shakespeare's death with the radio series "154 Sonnets of William Shakespeare" on Estonian Public Broadcasting stations Vikerraadio, Klassikaraadio, and Raadio 2. All sonnets were translated into the Estonian language by Harald Rajamets and each actor recited a sonnet daily.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Pääru Oja currently resides in Tallinn. He is a jazz and flamenco guitarist and often performs sets with fellow guitarist Indrek Kruusimaa at venues in Estonia.[14][15]


  1. ^ Õhtuleht Mullu hõivatuim näitleja Tõnu Oja: "Kui naerda ei saa, siis mina ei mängi!" 17 January 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  2. ^ Õhtuleht Tähtede lapsed tähtede teel 7 July 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  3. ^ Eesti Draamateater PÄÄRU OJA Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ Eesti Draamateater PÄÄRU OJA Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ Eesti Filmi Andmebaas. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  6. ^ Hollywood Reporter Estonia Nominates '1944' for Foreign-Language Category 14 September 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  7. ^ Homeless Bob Productions Põrgu Jaan Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  8. ^ Haraldur Guðmundsson (20 October 2014). "Byggir söguþráðinn á líkfundarmálinu". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  9. ^ Kanal2/Postimees Põgenemine planeedilt Maa Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  10. ^ Eesti rahvusbibliograafia Escape from planet Earth/Põgenemine planeedilt Maa Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  11. ^ Sakala, nr. 223, 18 November 2011. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  12. ^ Postimees «Lõks»: nõid näägutab nohikut Uue telesarja arvustu 24 April 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  13. ^ kultuur.err.ee Shakespeare'i sonett. Loeb Pääru Oja 30 May 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  14. ^ Postimees Esmaspäevaõhtune Jazziklubi: Indrek Kruusimaa & Pääru Oja 23 January 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  15. ^ Estonian Music Festivals Sõru Jazz kutsub taas! 16. -19. juuni 2016 Retrieved 12 February 2017.

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