Mikael Persbrandt

Mikael Persbrandt

Persbrandt in January 2012.
Born Mikael Åke Persbrant
(1963-09-25) 25 September 1963
Jakobsberg, Järfälla Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Maria Bonnevie (m. 1998–2003)
Sanna Lundell (m. 2005)
Children 2

Mikael Åke Persbrandt (born 25 September 1963) is a Swedish actor. In Swedish films he usually has lead roles. Internationally known for his starring role in the Academy Award winning foreign feature, "In A Better World," directed by Susanne Bier. His performance earned him a 2011 European Film Award nomination for Best Actor. 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.


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.

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.

Drug use

Persbrandt was arrested twice in 2011 for cocaine use, and received a fine.[6] In April 2014, he was sentenced to five months imprisonment for another cocaine offense,[7] but on appeal this was reduced to 75 hours community service.[8]


(All performances in Swedish)

Year Production Location Role Notes
1984King Lear The Royal Dramatic Theatre Extra
1985 Julius Caesar The Royal Dramatic Theatre Extra
1991 Rekviem Teater Galeasen
1992 Ferrando Bruno Teater Galeasen
1993Gatan Teater Galeasen
Roberto Zucco Teater Galeasen
1994Three Sisters Teater Plaza
1995Änglar Teater Galeasen
1996Puntila 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
1992Rederiet Ola Simonsson
1994 The Police Murderer Police 1
Svensson, Svensson Jesper
1995 Sommaren Peter
1996 Anna Holt Jocke
Under ytan Roffe
1997Beck LockpojkenGunvald Larsson
Beck – Mannen med ikonerna
Beck – Spår i mörker
Beck – Pensionat Pärlan
9 millimeterKonstantin
1998Beck – Öga för öga Gunvald Larsson
Sista kontraktet Roger Nyman
102 Years in the Heart of Europe: A Portrait of Ernst JüngerReaderVoice, documentary
Beck – The Money ManGunvald 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
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Doctor Joshua Strongbear Sweet Voice, Swedish dub
2002Nu 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 Open Season Boog Voice, Swedish dub
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
2008Kautokeino-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 Beck – Gunvald
Alone in Berlin SS Officer Prall
The Siege of Jadotville Dag Hammarskjold
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Kjartan Post-production
TBA Agent Hamilton: In Her Majesty's Service Carl Hamilton Filming



Year Album Peak positions
2014 Someone You Love 29


  1. Dunerfors, Alexander. "Persbrandt åker tillbaka för mera "Hobbit"" [Persbrandt goes back for more "Hobbit"]. MovieZine (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  2. "Gunvald Larsson (Character)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  3. "Guldbagge Awards (2009)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  4. "Guldbagge Awards (2014)". IMDb. 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  5. Brattberg, Lisbeth (15 December 2005). "Persbrandt stämmer Expressen" [Persbrandt sues Expressen]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  6. http://www.thelocal.se/20110609/34248
  7. Miller, Daniel (16 April 2014). "Hobbit actor Mikael Persbrandt jailed for buying 12 grams of cocaine". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  8. http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=5906912
  9. "Mikael Persbrandt discography". Danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
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