Ola Rapace

Ola Rapace
Born Pär Ola Norell
(1971-12-03) 3 December 1971
Tyresö, Sweden
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Noomi Rapace (m. 2001; div. 2011)
Children Line (b. 1999)
Lev (b. 2003)[1]

Ola Rapace (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈuːla raˈpasː]; Pär Ola Norell; born 3 December 1971)[2] is a Swedish actor.

Early life

Ola Rapace was born on December 3, 1971 in Tyresö, Stockholms län, Sweden as Pär Ola Norell.


Rapace is best known in Sweden for roles in the popular TV series Tusenbröder and the first series of the Swedish TV series Wallander which is based on Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander books.[3] Outside Sweden, his most notable work is in the 2000 Lukas Moodysson film Together which won several awards at international film festivals.[2]

He had a small role in the English-language film Rancid (2004). He is also known for his acting role as Daniel Nordström in the Danish police TV show Anna Pihl.[2] He appeared in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall.[4] In 2013, he appeared in Crimes of Passion.

Personal life

Rapace was married actress Noomi Rapace in 2001, divorcing in 2011; they have a son, Lev, who was born in 2003.[1][5][6][7] Together, they chose the surname Rapace after they were married, which means "bird of prey" in French.[2] Rapace lived in France for several years and speaks fluent French.[2]

In October 2008, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, which resulted in a fine for a minor drug offense in April 2009.[8]


  1. 1 2 Carlberg, Ingrid (2010-01-19). "Nominerad till DN:s kulturpris 2010: Noomi Rapace" [Nominated for the 2010 DN Culture Prize: Noomi Rapace]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Ola Rapace". General-Anzeiger (in German). Archived from the original on 8 June 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  3. Häggström, Andreas (20 August 2008). "Rapaces super-kropp" [Rapace' super body]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 5 April 2010.
  4. "@007: 8 November". Twitter. Twitter Inc. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  5. "'Millennium'-stjärnan Noomi Rapace har ansökt om skilsmässa från maken Ola Rapace". Aftonbladet.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  6. "The Drop's Noomi Rapace: on her rough past and the pressure to be sexy". The Daily Telegraph. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  7. Gritten, David (18 February 2010). "Noomi Rapace interview: the world's most seductive sleuth". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  8. Hjertén, Linda (3 April 2009). "Ola Rapace dömd för ringa narkotikabrott" [Ola Rapace convicted of minor drug offenses]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 30 May 2012.

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