Sofia Helin

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Sofia Helin
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Helin in 2012
Sofia Margareta Helin

(1972-04-25) 25 April 1972 (age 47)
Spouse(s)Daniel Götschenhjelm

Sofia Margareta Götschenhjelm Helin (born 25 April 1972) is a Swedish actress. She was nominated for a Guldbagge Award for her role in Dalecarlians, and stars as Saga Norén in the Danish/Swedish co-produced TV series The Bridge (Danish: Broen; Swedish: Bron).

Early life and education[edit]

Sofia Helin was born in Hovsta in Örebro, Närke. Her father was a salesman and her mother was a nurse.[1] When she was 10 days old, her grandmother and her six-year-old brother were in a car accident; her grandmother survived, but her brother was killed.[2] She graduated with a degree in philosophy from Lund University.[3] From 1994-1996, she went to Calle Flygares theatre school and graduated from the Stockholm Theatre Academy in 2001. She was brought up in Linghem, outside Linköping but in 2015 was living in Stockholm.[4]


Her films include At Point Blank (Rånarna) (2003) playing the leading role of Chief Inspector Klara. In 2004, she took the leading role of Mia in Masjävlar, and she was nominated for a Guldbagge award.[5] Followed by, in 2007, the leading role of Cecilia Algottsdotter in Arn, an adaptation of Jan Guillou's The Knight Templar, about Arn Magnusson. She also featured in the Swedish animated film Metropia (2009).

Since 2012, she has become famous outside Sweden as a result of the successful crime drama series, The Bridge, in which she played Saga Norén, the homicide detective from Malmö.[6] In the UK, the series attracted more than a million viewers per episode and she has been called a role model for women with Asperger syndrome. She said she would appear in a fourth series.[7][5] The fourth season began airing in Sweden and Denmark on 1 January 2018 and in May 2018 in the UK.

In 2015, she starred in a Danish science fiction film called Fang Rung[8] and acted in a British/German TV series directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, shot in Prague, about divided Berlin in the 1970s and called The Same Sky in which she spoke in both German and English.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Helin is married to Daniel Götschenhjelm, a priest in the Church of Sweden and former actor whom she met at drama school.[5] She has two children: a son, Ossian, aged 15 and a daughter, Nike, aged 9.[3] Helin is a Christian.[4]

Helin’s facial scar was caused by a cycling accident when she was 24.[10][11]



  1. ^ Thomson, Alice; Sylvester, Rachel (1 February 2014). "Sofia Helin – the star who turned Saturday night into Scandi-night". The Times. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  2. ^ Lewis, Roz (1 January 2016). "Sofia Helin: My Family Values". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b Midgely, Neil (4 January 2014). "The Bridge star Sofia Helin: It's hard to get out of the role of Saga". Radio Times. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b Agorelius, Monika (30 October 2015). "Meet Sofia Helin – star of crime series 'The Bridge'". Scandinavian Traveller. SAS. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Williams, Sally (28 November 2015). "The Bridge's Sofia Helin: 'Playing Saga is like a vice gripping my body'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  6. ^ Dowell, Ben (21 November 2015). "The Bridge's Sofia Helin: my love/hate relationship with Saga Noren". Radio Times. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  7. ^ Townsend, Lucy (9 December 2015). "How The Bridge's heroine became a role model for women with Autism". BBC News. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  8. ^ Barraclough, Leo (1 June 2015). "Global Screen Acquires Sci-fi Thriller 'Fang Rung' Starring 'The Bridge' Actress Sofia Helin". Variety. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  9. ^ Pham, Annika (25 September 2015). "Sofia Helin: "A role has to turn me on"". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  10. ^ Khaleeli, Homa (12 May 2012). "Move over, Sarah Lund: The Bridge star Sofia Helin interviewed". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  11. ^ Mesure, Susie (29 December 2013). "The view from The Bridge: Sofia Helin on weird sex and playing TV's most awkward copper". The Independent. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  12. ^ "The Bridge (2011–)". IMDb. Retrieved 7 December 2015.

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