Pelle Hvenegaard

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Pelle Hvenegaard
Born (1975-08-29) 29 August 1975 (age 41)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation Actor
TV host
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Lotte Svendsen (2000-2001)
Caroline M. Gullacksen Hvenegaard (2012-present)
Children 1

Pelle Hvenegaard (born 29 August 1975 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a Danish actor and writer, best known for his role in the award-winning film Pelle the Conqueror (1987).

He is named after the title character of Pelle from Danish author Martin Andersen Nexø's 1910 novel Pelle the Conqueror.[1]

At age 11, director Bille August chose Hvenegaard to play the character he is named for, after the crew auditioned 3,000 children. August decided on Hvenegaard, who he said demonstrated concentration, patience and self-control.[2]

Hvenegaard has since 2008, been the host of the Danish version of Taken Out.[dead link]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Result Ref(s)
European Film Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Won [3]
Young Artist Awards Best Young Actor in a Foreign Film Won [4]


  1. ^ Ebert, Roger (3 March 1989). "Pelle the Conqueror". Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Russell, Candice (19 March 1989). "Great Expectations At Heart Of Oscar-nominated Film". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "European Film Awards 1988". European Film Academy. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tenth Annual Youth in Film Awards 1987-1988". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 


  • Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 396-397.

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