Stefán Karl Stefánsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is properly referred to by the given name Stefán.
Stefán Karl Stefánsson
Born (1975-07-10) July 10, 1975 (age 41)
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Occupation Stage and film actor
Spouse(s) Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir

Stefán Karl Stefánsson (born 10 July 1975 in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland) is an Icelandic film and stage actor who is best known for playing the character Robbie Rotten on the television show LazyTown. After studying at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, he was invited to join the National Theatre of Iceland. At the National Theater, Stefán played roles ranging from Cyrano de Bergerac, to song-and-dance-man Cosmo Brown in Singin’ In The Rain, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the National Theater, Stefán originated the role of Robbie Rotten in the live version of LazyTown, and continued in the role when the show was adapted to TV.

Stefán has trained in a number of areas of performance, including baritone voice, Russian and English fencing, tap dancing, modern dance, stand-up comedy, commedia dell'arte, piano, accordion, and drums.

Stefán is also the founder and director of the nonprofit organization, Rainbow Children, created to bring public awareness and strategic solutions to the endemic problem of school bullying. Stefán resides in Los Angeles with his wife Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, a well-known actress, TV show host and writer, their three daughters and a son.




  • Casper 2 (2016)[citation needed]
  • Polite People by Olaf de Fleur (2011)
  • The James Hook Story (2010)
  • Oliver Burt - Above and Beyond (2010)
  • Johannes by Steini Gunnar (2009)
  • Stella for Office (2002)
  • Regína (2001)


  • LazyTown (2004-2007;2013-present)
  • Titch and Ted Do Maths (2015)
  • Áramótaskaupið 2001 (2001)
  • Cars Can Fly (Channel 1) (2000)
  • Car Mechanic Sketches for Eurovision (Channel 1) (2000)
  • Angel No. 5503288 (Channel 1) (2000)
  • God Exists... and Love (Channel 1, Drama Academy of Iceland) (1999)
  • Áramótaskaupið 1999 (1999)
  • Baking Trouble (Channel 1) (1998)
  • Áramótaskaupið 1994 (1994)


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