Mikael Persbrandt

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Mikael Persbrandt
Mikael Persbrandt in 2018.jpg
Persbrandt in 2018
Mikael Åke Persbrandt

(1963-09-25) 25 September 1963 (age 58)
Years active1984–present
Partner(s)Maria Bonnevie (1998–2003)
Sanna Lundell (2005–present)

Mikael Åke Persbrand(Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmîːkaɛl ˈpæ̂ːʂbrant] (About this soundlisten); 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, Beorn in The Hobbit,[1] as well as Jakob Nyman in the British TV series Sex Education.

Early life[]

Persbrandt was born in Jakobsberg, Järfälla Municipality, Stockholm County.[citation needed] He was baptized in the Finnish Church in Gamla stan. Persbrandt has stated that he has ancestry from Åland on his mother's side, and that he thinks his paternal ancestors were Walloons.[2]


He has performed onstage with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and in 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. In 2019, Persbrandt began playing Jakob Nyman in the Netflix comedy drama Sex Education. He was a leading actor in the film "The Salvation."

Public image and legal issues[]

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.[3][4][5][6]

Expressen dispute[]

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.[7] Expressen apologised 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.[8] In April 2014, he was sentenced to five months' imprisonment for another cocaine offence, but on appeal this was reduced to 75 hours' community service.[9]

Personal life[]

He is in a relationship with Sanna Lundell and the couple have three children together.[10] He had previously been married to Maria Bonnevie.


All the performances are in Swedish.

Year Play Venue Role
1984 King Lear The Royal Dramatic Theatre Extra
1985 Julius Caesar
1991 Rekviem Teater Galeasen
1992 Ferrando Bruno
Roberto Zucco
1994 Three Sisters
1995 Änglar
1996 Puntila The Royal Dramatic Theatre
Death of a salesman
1998 The Good Person of Szechwan The Royal Dramatic Theatre
Lång dags färd mot natt
1999 Don Juan
2000 Maria Stuart
2002 Leka med elden
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


Film and television roles
Year Film Role Notes
1992 Rederiet Ola Simonsson
1994 The Police Murderer Police 1
Svensson, Svensson Jesper
1995 Sommaren Peter
1996 Anna Holt Jocke
Under ytan Roffe
1997 Beck – Lockpojken Gunvald Larsson
Beck – Mannen med ikonerna
Beck – Spår i mörker
Beck – Pensionat Pärlan
9 millimeter Konstantin
1998 Beck – Öga för öga Gunvald Larsson
Sista kontraktet Roger Nyman
102 Years in the Heart of Europe: A Portrait of Ernst Jünger Reader Voice role, documentary
Beck – The Money Man Gunvald Larsson
Beck – Monstret
Beck – Vita nätter
Vuxna människor Georg
Mulan Shan Yu Swedish dubbing
1999 Dödlig drift Andreas Persson
Dinosaur Kron Swedish dubbing
Gossip Åke Frigårdh
2000 Titan A.E. Tek Swedish dubbing
Beck – Hämndens pris Gunvald Larsson
2001 Beck – Mannen utan ansikte
Beck – Kartellen
Beck – Enslingen
Atlantis: The Lost Empire Doctor Joshua Strongbear Sweet Swedish dubbing
2002 Nu 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 dubbing
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 Swedish dubbing
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
2008 Kautokeino-opprøret Carl-Johan Ruth
Everlasting Moments Sigfrid Larsson
 [de] 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
Gunvald Larsson
2015–2017 The Last Kingdom Kjartan
2016 Gunvald Larsson
Alone in Berlin Standartenführer Prall
The Siege of Jadotville Dag Hammarskjöld
2017 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Greybeard
2018 Hasse P
X&Y Himself
2019–present Sex Education Jakob Nyman Main role
2019 Harald Edelstam
2020 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Victor Karlosson
2021 Hans Holmér
TBA Carl Hamilton Filming
TBA Franz Pre-production



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. ^ "Mikael Persbrandt 2004". min. 1:32 to 1:45 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Sveriges Radio. 17 July 2004. Archived from the original on 4 November 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Lasse Kronér: "Därför är jag sexig"". 20 September 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Därför är Persbrandt snyggast". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Svenska kvinnor: Dessa män är hetare än Mikael Persbrandt". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Männen som svenska kvinnor vill ha". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  7. ^ Brattberg, Lisbeth (15 December 2005). "Persbrandt stämmer Expressen" [Persbrandt sues Expressen]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Mikael Persbrandt in new cocaine bust". 9 June 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  9. ^ Radio, Sveriges. "Persbrandt sentenced to community service - Radio Sweden". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Mikael Persbrandts och Sanna Lundells nya kärleksliv på lyxgården". Expressen. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Mikael Persbrandt discography". danishcharts.dk. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 May 2014.

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