Thorsten Flinck

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Thorsten Flinck
Peace and Love Thorsten Flinck 2.JPG
Flinck performing at the 2010 Peace & Love festival
Born (1961-04-17) 17 April 1961 (age 61)
Solna, Sweden
Occupation Actor, director, musician
Years active 1977–present

Thorsten Flinck (born 17 April 1961 in Solna, Sweden), is a Swedish actor, director, and musician.[1] He is known best for playing psychopaths and villains, and also for his outrageous personality both on stage and in real life. Between 1986 and 2002, Flinck was employed by the Royal Dramatic Theatre.

Acting / Directing


Thorsten Flinck began his involvement with theater in 1977 and graduated from the Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting (Teaterhögskolan) in 1984. In theater, he worked at the Dramaten between 1986 and 2002 both as an actor and as a director. There he was best known for Herr Puntila in 1996, Lång dags färd in 1998 and Den goda människan i Sezuan in 1998. He also took part in Misantropen in 1995, Tant Blomma in 1993 and Romeo och Julia in 1991 and at the Uppsala City Theatre he played a lead role in Strindbergs' play Gustav III.

With Charlotta Larsson and Lena Nilsson, Flinck formed the "Grupp 98" theater group based at the Plaza Theater with Thorsten Flinck as director, artistic director and actor. There he directed Tre systrar in 1994, En handelsresandes död in 1996, Maskeraden in 1999, Fadren in 1999–2001, Flinck goes Wilde in 2002.

Flinck played Doktor Flinck, his own version of adaptation of Hjalmar Söderbergs' novel Doktor Glas where he played all the roles himself. He also played in Strindbergs' Paria. In 2009, he directed Natt med gäster.


His first television role was in the TV series Peters Baby 1978 and his first directional work was Fordringsägare in 1989. In 1991 he directed the series Goltuppen, written by Leif GW Persson. With Pernilla Wahlgren, he hosted SVT's Christmas special Morgonstjärnan in 1985 with short skits and with Flinck and Peter Dalle in Spökhotellet in 1987 as well as appearing in various TV productions. He had a regular feature on TV4's show Hetluft in 2003-2004 season. He landed lead roles in August Strindberg's Den Starkare opposite Mikael Persbrandt in 2004.


In 1997, the Swedish Radio P1 featured Flinck in the presentation of a novel entitled Mannen i svart ("The Man in Black") for which he won an unofficial Italian international award for his performance.

Flinck also appears frequently on the radio P1 the radio program Dagens Dikt ("Today's Poem"). He has on occasion read short stories and acted in radio theater pieces.


Thorsten Flinck grew up with his twin brother Richard in Huvudsta, Solna. Their father was a French-Moroccan. The two, together with some friends formed the band Rockvindar ("Rock Winds") in 1977. Their debut album Första gången ("The First Time") was released in 1980. The band performed in night clubs with heavy rock influences.

In 2002, Flinck formed the music group Flincka Fingrar. The Swedish documentary filmmaker Peter Gaszynski shot a concert film with the band's performances. The film titled Thorsten Flinck: Ett konstnärsporträtt appeared on SVT1 in 2004. Thorsten Flinck released, with Flincka Fingrars his debut album Vildvuxna rosor ("Wild roses") in 2005 featuring covers of five songs by Björn Afzelius, a cover of Lena Philipsson's "Dansa i neon", a cover of Nationalteatern's "Rövarkungens ö", and a Swedish version of "Where the Wild Roses Grow", originally by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Kylie Minogue. Totta Näslund, Ola Salo, and Monica Törnell provided guest vocals on the album. "Min vackre son" ("My Handsome Son") was released as a single. Thorsten also fronted for the blues artist and progressive rock icon Totta Naslund.

In 2008, he formed the band called "Revolutionsorkestern" ("Revolutionary Orchestra") made up of Robert Olsson, Magnus Eugenson, Ulf Wahlberg and Mikael Englund. The act became known as Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern, releasing their self-titled album Thorsten Flinck and Revolutionsorkestern in 2011. The album contained new interpretations of works by Townes van Zandt and Nick Cave, as well as pieces from the Sweden as rock music and as ballads. "Långt bort högt upp i det blå" ("Far Away High into the Blue") was released as single.

In recent years, Flinck is often been accompanied by guitarist Kenny Hakansson. Songs are varied with ballads, rock and country, in addition to poems and monologues. The music is written by, among others by Bjorn Afzelius, Dan Hylander, Ulf Dageby, Plura Jonsson, Evert Taube, Nick Cave, Townes van Zandt, and poetry by Kent Andersson and Dan Andersson.

The album En dans på knivens egg ("Dance on the Knife's Edge") was released in 2012. The lyrics of several of the songs were written by Ted Ström. "Hjärtats slutna rum" ("The Heart's Closed Rooms") was released as single.

Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern participated in Melodifestivalen 2012 with "Jag reser mig igen" ("I Will Get Up Again")[2] qualifying for the Final 10 of the show after reaching "second chance" stage and ousting Sean Banan. In the finale, Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern ended up in eighth place overall.

Personal life

He has two daughters, Felice and Happy Jankell, with TV host and reporter Annika Jankell. Thorsten was a youth leader in Solna church 1975–80.


Albums & EPs

with Rockvindar
  • 1979: På lörda' é re fest hos Catrin (EP)
  • 1980: Första gången
  • 1982: Lys upp mitt mörker (EP)
Year Album Peak Position Certifications Notes
2005 Vildvuxna rosor 21
2012 En dans på knivens egg 3
2014 Till flickorna på upplandsgatan 71 36
as Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern
Year Album Peak Position Certifications Notes
2011 Thorsten Flinck and Revolutionsorkestern 4


Year Single Peak Position Album
2005 "Min vackre son"  –
as Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern
Year Single Peak Position Album
2011 "Långt bort högt upp i det blå"  –
2011 "Hjärtats slutna rum"  –
"Jag reser mig igen" 38 Non-album release
(in Melodifestivalen 2012)


As actor

As director

Stage productions

Year Production Director Actor Notes
1986 Gertrud Yes written by Hjalmar Söderberg [4]
1987 Stags and Hens Yes written by Willy Russell
1986 En skugga Yes written by Hjalmar Bergman
1988 Spindelkvinnans kyss Yes
1990 Amorina Yes written by Carl Jonas Love Almqvist
1991 Romeo and Juliet Yes written by William Shakespeare
1992 The Night Just Before the Forests Yes written by Bernard-Marie Koltès
1992 The Zoo Story Yes written by Edward Albee
1992 The Last Carneval Yes written by Derek Walcott
1993 Tant Blomma Yes written by Kristina Lugn
1993 Pelikanen Yes written by August Strindberg
1993 L'Illusion Comique Yes written by Pierre Corneille
1993 Bodas de sangre Yes written by Federico Garcia Lorca
1993 Mig känner ingen Yes
1995 The Misanthrope Yes written by Molière
1996 Mr Puntila and his Man Matti Yes Yes written by Bertolt Brecht
1996 The Good Person of Szechwan Yes written by Bertolt Brecht
1998 Death of a Salesman Yes Yes written by Arthur Miller
1999 Maskeraden Yes Yes
2000 Fadren Yes Yes written by August Strindberg
2001 The Dresser Yes written by Ronald Harwood
2002 Flinck goes Wilde Yes Yes
2013 Så enkel är kärleken Yes written by Lars Norén