Sofia Helin

Sofia Helin
Born Sofia Margareta Helin
(1972-04-25) 25 April 1972
Hovsta, Sweden
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Daniel Götschenhjelm

Sofia Margareta Götschenhjelm Helin (born 25 April 1972) is a Swedish actress known for the Guldbagge Award nomination for her role in Dalecarlians (Swedish: Masjävlar) and as Saga Norén in the Danish/Swedish co-produced TV series The Bridge (Danish: Broen; Swedish: Bron).

Early life and education

Sofia Helin was born in Hovsta in Örebro, Närke. Her father was a salesman and her mother was a nurse.[1] When she was ten days old, her grandmother and her six-year-old brother were in a car accident; her grandmother survived, but her brother was killed.[2] She graduated with a degree in philosophy from Lund University.[3] From 1994-1996, she went to Calle Flygares theatre school and graduated from the Stockholm Theatre Academy in 2001. She was brought up in Linghem, outside Linköping but in 2015 was living in Stockholm.[4]


She has appeared in several films, including At Point Blank (Rånarna) where she had the leading role of Chief Inspector Klara. In 2004, she had another leading role as Mia in Masjävlar. It was in that movie that she made her breakthrough and she was nominated for a Guldbagge award.[5] In 2007, she got a further leading role as Cecilia Algottsdotter in Arn, an adaptation of Jan Guillou's The Knight Templar, about Arn Magnusson. She is also included in the Swedish animated film Metropia, which was released in the cinema in October 2009.

Since 2012, she has become more famous outside Sweden as a result of her taking the lead role in the crime drama The Bridge, in which she played Saga Norén, the homicide detective from Malmö, in the three series to-date.[6] In the UK, the series attracted more than a million viewers per episode and she has been called a role model for women with autism.[7] In 2015, she starred in a Danish science fiction film called Fang Run[8] and acted in a British/German TV series directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, shot in Prague, about divided Berlin in the 1970s and called Berlin der geteilte Himmel (Back to Back) in which she spoke in both German and English.[9] She said she might play in a fourth series of The Bridge one day.[5]

Personal life

Helin is married to Daniel Gotschenhjelm, a priest in the Church of Sweden and former actor whom she met at Drama school.[5] She has two children—a boy, Ossian, and a girl, Nike, who were ten and four years old respectively in 2014.[3]

Helin’s facial scar was caused by a cycling accident when she was 24.[10][11]



  1. Thomson, Alice and Sylvester, Rachel (1 February 2014) Sofia Helin – the star who turned Saturday night into Scandi-night" The Times, also available on the internet with a subscription at Retrieved 4 February 2014
  2. Lewis, Roz (1 January 2016) Sofia Helin: My Family Values The Guardian, Retrieved 2 January 2016
  3. 1 2 Midgely, Neil (4 January 2014) The Bridge star Sofia Helin: It's hard to get out of the role of Saga Radio Times, Retrieved 4 February 2014
  4. Agorelius, Monika (30 October 2015). "Meet Sofia Helin – star of crime series 'The Bridge'". Scandinavian Traveller. SAS. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  5. 1 2 3 Williams, Sally (28 November 2015). "The Bridge's Sofia Helin: 'Playing Saga is like a vice gripping my body'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  6. Dowell, Ben (21 November 2015). "The Bridge's Sofia Helin: my love/hate relationship with Saga Noren". The Radio Times. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  7. Townsend, Lucy (9 December 2015). "How The Bridge's heroine became a role model for women with Autism". BBC News, Disability. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  8. Barraclough, Leo (1 June 2015). "Global Screen Acquires Sci-fi Thriller 'Fang Rung' Starring 'The Bridge' Actress Sofia Helin". Variety. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  9. Pham, Annika (25 September 2015). "Sofia Helin: "A role has to turn me on"". Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  10. Khaleeli, Homa. "Move over, Sarah Lund: The Bridge star Sofia Helin interviewed", The Guardian, London. (12 May 2012). Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  11. The view from The Bridge: Sofia Helin on weird sex and playing TV's most awkward copper. The Independent.(25 January 2014). Retrieved 25 January 2014
  12. The Bridge (2011–). IMDb. Retrieved 7 December 2015
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