Mikael Persbrandt

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Mikael Persbrandt
File:Mikael Persbrandt på premiär.JPG
Persbrandt in January 2012
Born Mikael Åke Persbrant
(1963-09-25) 25 September 1963 (age 58)
Jakobsberg, Järfälla Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden
Partner(s) Maria Bonnevie
Sanna Lundell
(2005–present; 2 children)

Mikael Åke Persbrandt (born 25 September 1963) is a Swedish actor. In Swedish films he usually has lead roles and “tough guy” parts. He is known for his recurring role as the no-nonsense police officer Gunvald Larsson in the latest instalment of the Martin Beck movies. Other parts include the role of Carl Hamilton from the novels by Jan Guillou, as well as Beorn in parts two and three of The Hobbit.[1]

Early life

Persbrandt was born in Jakobsberg, Järfälla Municipality, Stockholm County.[citation needed]


He has performed on stage with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and numerous film and TV roles. Persbrandt is best known for his role as the hardboiled police inspector Gunvald Larsson, in the Beck series of films.[2] He won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actor in a leading role twice, the first in 2009 for Everlasting Moments and the second in 2014 for Nobody Owns Me.[3][4] In 2015, Persbrandt reported that he would quit starring in his popular role of Gunvald Larsson.

On 13 October 2007 Persbrandt left the Royal Dramatic Theatre due to difficulties combining work for TV/film with theater. Many of the Royal Dramatic Theatre ensemble responded in a very negative manner. One of them was Jan Malmsjö who made a strong statement about Persbrandt on live television. Malmsjö loudly proclaimed that "He has pissed on us!", insinuating that it was a breach of contract from Mikael Persbrandt.

Public image and legal issues

Expressen fight

In December 2005, Persbrandt notified police that the newspaper Expressen had made false accusations about him having acute alcohol poisoning and being admitted to a clinic in Uppsala. The information was inaccurate.[5] Expressen apologized and admitted that their information was false, but the apology was not accepted by Persbrandt. Otto Sjöberg, at the time editor of the newspaper was fined 75,000 SEK (≈ 6800 €, US$8900), in damages to Persbrandt.

Cocaine purchase

In April 2014, he was sentenced to five months imprisonment for purchasing 12 grams of cocaine. He was convicted after his number was discovered on a drug dealer's telephone. His lawyer denied the allegations, insisting that a third party must have used Persbrandt's telephone.[6]


(All performances in Swedish)

Year Production Location Role Notes
1984 King Lear The Royal Dramatic Theatre Extra
1985 Julius Caesar The Royal Dramatic Theatre Extra
1991 Rekviem Teater Galeasen
1992 Ferrando Bruno Teater Galeasen
1993 Gatan Teater Galeasen
Roberto Zucco Teater Galeasen
1994 Three Sisters Teater Plaza
1995 Änglar Teater Galeasen
1996 Puntila The Royal Dramatic Theatre
Death of a salesman Teater Plaza
1998 The Good Person of Szechwan The Royal Dramatic Theatre
Lång dags färd mot natt The Royal Dramatic Theatre
1999 Don Juan The Royal Dramatic Theatre
2000 Maria Stuart The Royal Dramatic Theatre
Vildanden The Royal Dramatic Theatre
2002 Leka med elden The Royal Dramatic Theatre
2004 Arbetarklassens sista hjältar Lilla elverket
2005 Miss Julie The Royal Dramatic Theatre
Lik som män Vasateatern
2007 Måsen Teater Galeasen
2009 I väntan på Godot Stockholm City Theatre
2014 Dödsdansen Maxim Theatre


Year Film Role Notes
1992 Rederiet Ola Simonsson
1994 Polismördaren Police 1
Svensson, Svensson Jesper
1995 Sommaren Peter
1996 Anna Holt Jocke
Under ytan Roffe
1997 Beck – Lockpojken Gunvald Larsson
Beck – Mannen med ikonerna
Beck – Spår i mörker
Beck – Pensionat Pärlan
9 millimeter Konstantin
1998 Beck – Öga för öga Gunvald Larsson
Sista kontraktet Roger Nyman
102 Years in the Heart of Europe: A Portrait of Ernst Jünger Reader Voice, documentary
Beck – The Money Man Gunvald Larsson
Beck – Monstret
Beck – Vita nätter
Vuxna människor Georg
Mulan Shan Yu Voice, Swedish dub
1999 Dödlig drift Andreas Persson
Dinosaur Kron Voice, Swedish dub
Gossip Åke Frigårdh
2000 Titan A.E. Tek Voice, Swedish dub
Beck – Hämndens pris Gunvald Larsson
2001 Beck – Mannen utan ansikte
Beck – Kartellen
Beck – Enslingen
2002 Nu Adam
Beck – Okänd avsändare Gunvald Larsson
Beck – Annonsmannen
Beck – Sista vittnet
Alla älskar Alice Johan Lindberg
Beck – Pojken i glaskulan Gunvald Larsson
2003 Rånarna Frank/Richard
Tre solar Ulf
Finding Nemo Gill Voice, Swedish dub
2004 Dag och natt Thomas
2005 Medicinmannen Martin Holst
Bang Bang Orangutang Åke Jönsson
Som man bäddar Jocke
Inga tårar Lars Bjerking
Tjocktjuven the Priest
2006 Beck – Skarpt läge Gunvald Larsson
Beck – Flickan i jordkällaren
Beck – Gamen
Beck – Advokaten
2007 Beck – Den japanska shungamålningen
Beck – Den svaga länken
Beck – Det tysta skriket
Beck – I Guds namn
Ett öga rött Himself
Solstorm Thomas Söderberg
2008 Kautokeino-opprøret Carl-Johan Ruth
Everlasting Moments Sigfrid Larsson
Die Patin Sergej Assinowitsch
Himlens hjärta Lars
Oskyldigt dömd Markus Haglund
2009 Beck – I stormens öga Gunvald Larsson
2010 Beck – Levande begravd
In a Better World Anton
2011 Stockholm East Johan
Agent Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation Carl Hamilton
2012 The Hypnotist Erik Maria Bark
Agent Hamilton: But Not If It Concerns Your Daughter Carl Hamilton
2013 Mig äger ingen Hasse
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Beorn
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
En sång från hjärtat Thomas Jacob
The Salvation Peter
Beck – Rum 302 Gunvald Larsson
2015 Beck – Familjen
Beck – Invasionen
Beck – Sjukhusmorden
2016 Agent Hamilton: In Her Majesty's Service Carl Hamilton Filming
Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur Kjartan Filming



Year Album Peak positions
2014 Someone You Love 29


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  4. "Guldbagge Awards (2014)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  6. Miller, Daniel (16 April 2014). "Hobbit actor Mikael Persbrandt jailed for buying 12 grams of cocaine". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 10 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Mikael Persbrandt discography". Danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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