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Name  Mikael Persbrandt
Upcoming movie  Alone in Berlin
Partner  Sanna Lundell (2005–)
Height  1.89 m
Role  Actor

Full Name  Mikael Ake Persbrant
Born  25 September 1963 (age 52) (1963-09-25) Jakobsberg, Jarfalla Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden
Children  Igor Edgar Persbrandt Lundell, Ake Lo Persbrandt
Movies  In a Better World, Beck, The Hobbit: The Desolatio, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Fiv, Hamilton: In the Interest of
Similar People  Sanna Lundell, Peter Haber, Maria Bonnevie, Susanne Bier, Peter Jackson

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Mikael Åke Persbrandt (born 25 September 1963) is a Swedish actor. In Swedish films he is perhaps best known for playing Gunvald Larsson in the Beck series of movies. He is internationally known for his starring role in the Academy Award winning 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 The Hobbit.


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Early life

Persbrandt was born in Jakobsberg, Järfälla Municipality, Stockholm County.


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He has performed on stage with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and numerous film and TV roles. Persbrandt is well known for his role as the hardboiled police inspector Gunvald Larsson, in the Beck series of films. 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. In 2015, Persbrandt reported that he would quit starring in his popular role of Gunvald Larsson.

Sex appeal

Persbrandt has often been noted for his good looks, and when Swedish media makes lists of the most attractive Swedish men, he has often been on those lists.

Expressen fight

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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. 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

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

Personal life

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He is married to Sanna Lundell and the couple have two children together. He has previously been married to Maria Bonnevie.


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