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Actor Mikael Persbrandt

Updated on February 8, 2015

Mikael Persbrandt is a Swedish actor

Mikael Persbrandt's date of birth is: 25 September 1963. He was born in Stockholm , Sweden. He is an unusually skilled actor. In some plays and movies you can see, how he changes the look in his face and through a subtle glance of his eye he can talk volumes to you.

Most Swedes connect him with the movies about the police series BECK. These are criminal stories where Mikael plays the role of Gunvald Larsson. He is a police with methods of his own, but even if he is violent, he accomplishes what others do not.

Mikael Persbrandt's blue eyes looked into mine and I just loved him. So now, when the Oscar award is given to the movie where he is performing, I just have to share this fantastic actor with you all. The Oscar was given for best Best Foreign Language Film. It is made by the Danish Susanne Bier. She is a very skilled movie maker!

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Oscar awarded: In a better world - with among others, Mikael Persbrandt

In a Better World is a 2010 drama film directed by Susanne Bier and written by Anders Thomas Jensen. It stars Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen in a story which takes place in small-town Denmark and a refugee camp in Africa. Its original Danish title is Hævnen, which means "The Revenge". The film was a Danish majority production with co-producers in Sweden. It won the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

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Mikael Persbrandt

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Golden Globe winner

In a better world

In a Better World (Hämnden), a Swedish-Danish co-production directed by Danish director Susanne Bier, beat out Mexican-Spanish co-production Biutiful starring Javier Bardem, France's The Concert, Russia's The Edge and Italy's I am Love for the award.

"I'm really surprised and extremely honoured," Bier said as she accepted the award.

"Thanks to the actors and the film crew."

In the film, Persbrandt plays the lead role of Anton, a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark and his work at an African refugee camp.

In December, he landed the role of Beorn in The Hobbit Parts 1 and 2, the prequels to the Lord of the Rings. Separately, Rapace will appear in Sherlock Holmes 2 opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

In a Better World was released in Sweden on October 1st and will premiere in the US next month at the Sundance Film Festival out of competition.

The film also won the Marc Aurelio Audience Award for Best Film at the 2010 Rome International Film Festival last month and has been submitted as a candidate for the foreign-language film Oscar representing Denmark.

Other films honoured at the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards included The Social Network, a story about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, which picked up four awards, including Best Drama and Best Director, Best Music, and Best Screenplay

Also taking home multiple awards were The Kids are Alright, which won for Best Comedy or Musical, with a Best Actress award going to star Annette Benning, and The Fighter, with best supporting acting awards going to Melissa Leo and Christian Bale

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      Ruth Coffee 7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      I haven't seen him...but I will soon I hope. I've put In a Better World on my "to watch" list!

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      I love his eyes!