Pernilla Wahlgren

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Pernilla Wahlgren
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Wahlgren in 2011
Background information
Birth namePernilla Nina Elisabeth Wahlgren
Born (1967-12-24) 24 December 1967 (age 51)[1]
OriginGustavsberg, Sweden
GenresPop, Schlager, Musical theatre
Years active1985–present
Associated actsJan Johansen
WebsiteOfficial Website

Pernilla Nina Elisabeth Wahlgren (born 24 December 1967)[2][3] is a Swedish singer and actress. She has sung in Melodifestivalen several times; her 1985 entry titled "Piccadilly Circus" became popular and successful. She has acted in several theater plays and films, playing roles including Esmeralda in the Academy Award-winning Fanny and Alexander. She has twice received the Guldmasken award for her work in theater.



Wahlgren's first acting job, at the age of four, was alongside her mother in the television play Den längsta dagen (The Longest Day).[4] She attended Adolf Fredrik's Music School and was also part of the Saltsjöbaden theater.[5] After playing a small role in Lilla prinsen (The Little Prince) at Saltsjöbaden's theater, and in the face of stiff competition, Wahlgren got the title role in the musical Annie at Folkan, Stockholm.[6] She then played Esmeralda in Ingmar Bergman's film Fanny and Alexander.[7][8][9]

In 1982, she joined the cast of the Swedish production of The Sound of Music, in which she played Louise.[10] At Folkan, she also had parts in Karlsson på taket, Mio, min Mio, Snövit (Snow White) and Ringens hemlighet.[11] Wahlgren played Annika in the musical version of Pippi Longstocking at Folket in Stockholm; for the two final performances she replaced Siw Malmkvist in the role of Pippi, for which she received positive reviews. In her youth, Wahlgren portrayed Pippi Longstocking several times, and also did so as an adult.[12] Wahlgren appeared in an episode of Nygammalt in 1983 and an episode of Razzel in October 1984, where she performed her debut single, "Nu har det tänt".[13] She has also appeared in film and television productions including Bo Widerberg's 1986 production of Ormens väg på hälleberget and Snoken in 1995.[14]

Wahlgren has appeared in theatrical comedies in Stockholm, including Parneviks cirkusparty, Spanska flugan and Bubbel trubbel.[15] She has twice been nominated for the Guldmasken theater award; first for her role in Charleys tant at the Intiman Theater, and then for her part in Kärlek & lavemang at Fredriksdalsteatern in Helsingborg.[16] She has also appeared in musical roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Cats and Nils Karlsson Pyssling.[17] On 29 September 2007, The Sound of Music premièred at the Göta Lejon theater in Stockholm, where Wahlgren played alongside a cast including Tommy Nilsson.[18] In 2013 she had a role in the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Göta Lejon.[19]


Wahlgren performing at Stockholm Pride in 2014

In the mid-to-late 1980s, Pernilla Wahlgren developed a pop music career, touring several times and releasing studio albums.[20] Her songs included "Svindlande affärer", "I Need Your Love", "Every Time When We're Together" and "Running for Cover".[21] In August 2006, she released the album Beautiful Day; the debut single from the album, "Talking to an Angel", was certified gold and the track "Come Inside My World" became the theme to TV4's entertainment program Förkväll.[22][23]


Wahlgren's musical breakthrough came when she participated in Melodifestivalen 1985.[24] Her song "Piccadilly Circus" became a public favorite but she was placed fourth in the competition.[24] Wahlgren participated in Melodifestivalen 1991 with the song "Tvillingsjäl", which did not make it to the second round of voting.[25] In 2003, she again took part in Melodifestivalen, this time with Jan Johansen;[26][27] they achieved second place with the song "Let Your Spirit Fly".[27] In 2010, Wahlgren again participated in Melodifestivalen, with the song "Jag vill om du vågar".[28][29] Her 2013 entry was alongside Jenny Silver and Hanna Hedlund as part of the band Swedish House Wives with the song "On Top of the World".[30]


Wahlgren has been a television presenter for several shows, including Scenen är din, Söndagsöppet (both on SVT), Småstjärnorna and Baby Boom (both on TV4).[31][32] She and her brother Niclas also jointly presented the children's show Nicke & Nille on TV4.[33] Wahlgren had a role in the 1995 series Snoken on SVT.[34] She also dubbed several children's films, such as The Lego Movie (as the voice for Princess Unikitty), and voiced Misty, Melody and Delia Ketchum in several Pokémon films).[35] From 2016, she has been participating in the reality series Wahlgrens värld which is broadcast on Kanal 5 and documents her life.[36] The series was continued with a third and fourth season in 2018.[37] With a fifth season to be broadcast in 2019.[38]

Personal life[edit]

Wahlgren was born to actors Christina Schollin and Hans Wahlgren on Christmas Eve. She has three brothers: actor and singer Niclas, actor Linus, and broker and firefighter Peter.[39] She was married to dancer and composer Emilio Ingrosso from 1993 to 2002;[40] they have three children — Oliver Ingrosso (born 1989), a DJ, music producer and actor; Bianca Ingrosso (born 1994), a blogger and singer; and Benjamin Ingrosso (born 1997), a singer, artist and songwriter.[41][42] Pernilla also has a son, Theo (born 2007), with Joachim Lennholm.[43] In an episode of Vem tror du att du är? broadcast on SVT in 2011 it was revealed to Wahlgren that she was of Italian descent on her father's side of the family.[44]


Studio albums[edit]

Source: Pernilla Wahlgren discography at Discogs Edit this at Wikidata


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Piccadilly Circus" 1985 - Pernilla Wahlgren


  1. ^ Sveriges befolkning 1990: Wahlgren, Pernilla Nina Elisabet
  2. ^ /. "Pernilla Wahlgren tar jubileumsshow på turne". Sydsvenskan. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ Ohlsson, Matilda (18 December 2017). "Wahlgren firar två jubileum i Karlskrona - Sydöstran". Sydöstran. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren - Sävsjö Celebration". (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren" (in Swedish). Proartist (Artist agent). Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Pernillas 80-tal var succé". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ Gado, Frank (1986). The Passion of Ingmar Bergman. Duke University Press. pp. 531–532. ISBN 9780822305866. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren i ny reality på Kanal 5" (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Matlagningsprogram för Pernilla Wahlgren? - P4 Extra" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Pernilla tar ton i 'Sound of music'". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Aftonbladet nöje: Pernilla Wahlgren får Pippi - igen". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren och Siw Malmkvists Pippi-återförening" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren om sexscenen med Stellan Skarsgård". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Babsan Goes World Wide / Teater - Spanska Flugan". (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Aftonbladet nöje: Här är de som fick en Guldmask". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Rennie Mirro spelar mot Pernilla i nya "Grease"". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  18. ^ Spektra. "Pernilla Wahlgren i 'Sound of music'". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Priscilla queen of the desert" (in Swedish). Göta Lejon. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Pop på schemat för Pernilla Wahlgren". Sundsvalls Tidning (in Swedish). 23 August 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren - Svindlande Affärer". Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Wahlgren pernilla - beautiful day 2006 - (cd) - musik" (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Pontus Assarsson från Helsingborg svarar för musiken till nya realityserien om familjen Wahlgren". Helsingborgs Dagblad (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  24. ^ a b "Pernilla Wahlgrens liv blir show" (in Swedish). 19 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  25. ^ "Så här såh Pernilla Wahlgren för 26 år sedan" (in Swedish). Nyheter24. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  26. ^ "Sweden: Melodifestivalen rehearsals kick off". Eurovision. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  27. ^ a b "Jan Johansen: "Lådvinet var den farligaste drogen av alla" - Hälsoliv". Expressen (in Swedish). 13 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  28. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren: "Det vore härligt att få vara kär"". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  29. ^ "Sweden decides to give Pernilla Wahlgren and Jessica Andersson a second chance in Globen". EuroVisionary. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  30. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren firar 40 år på scen med show". Corren (in Swedish). 13 December 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  31. ^ "Aftonbladet nöje: Ulf Larsson stannar i 'Söndagsöppet'". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  32. ^ "Om Pernilla - Pernilla Wahlgren" (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  33. ^ "Wahlgrens gör barn-tv ihop". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  34. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren". Öppet arkiv (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  35. ^ "Recensioner - Pernilla Wahlgren" (in Swedish). Dubbningshemsidan. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  36. ^ "Klart för tredje säsong av 'Wahlgrens värld'". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  37. ^ "Beskedet: Det blir en tredje säsong av 'Wahlgrens värld'". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  38. ^ "Wahlgrens avgörande händelse – på julafton".
  39. ^ "Så firar Wahlgren sina 40 år – ett år för sent". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  40. ^ "Emilio Ingrosso talar ut om dödshoten mot Pernilla Wahlgren". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  41. ^ "Meet the 'Swedish Justin Bieber'". BBC News. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  42. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren fyrabarnsmamma". Mama (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  43. ^ "Pernilla Wahlgren: 'Jag har tappat glädjen till livet'". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  44. ^ "Avslöjar familjens hemlighet". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 9 March 2018.

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Preceded by
Sweden Carola
OGAE Second Chance Contest winner
Succeeded by
Norway Wenche Myhre