Nanna Blondell

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Nanna Blondell in 2014

Oriana "Nanna" Blondell (August 6, 1986) is a Swedish actress. She has acted on stage, on television and film.


Blondell earned a degree from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.[1] Blondell is of Ghanaian descent. As a child she wanted to be an actress, but since there were hardly any non-white Swedish actresses at the time, she did not think this was a possibility.[2]


Blondell made her on screen debut in the SVT drama series Livet enligt Rosa in 2005. After working for a while as a VJ with MTV Sweden she landed a role in an episode of police procedural Beck the following year, and a recurring role in soap opera Andra avenyn.[3]

She raised her profile when she joined the cast of popular sci-fi drama Real Humans, a TV series that was exported around the world including the United Kingdom and France.[4] She made her English language debut with Ø, an English-Language French TV series filmed in Denmark.

In 2018, she landed one of the roles in French feature film Soeurs d'armes (Sisters in arms), inspired by a real military unit with female Kurdish, Yezidi and resistance fighters taking on ISIS,[5] and was the only actress who did not speak any French. She portrayed an African-American sniper.[2]

She can also be seen in Immortal as Sha Dishi - the leader of nation of immortals. This was also an English language French production, and could be seen via the French streaming app Blackpills.[6]

Blondell had the female co-lead in gritty crime drama Hassel alongside James Bond: Skyfall actor Ola Rapace, and TWIN starring Game of Thrones' Kristofer Hivju.[7]

In 2019, she announced on social media that she had a secret role in Marvel's Black Widow.[8]

Her latest project is Red Dot, the first Netflix feature film coming out of Sweden,[clarification needed] co-starring with Anastasios Soulis.[9]

Since 2013, Nanna Blondell is working at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, but has been on unpaid leave to work on film and television projects.[10]


She runs the podcast Fenomenala kvinnor (Phenomenal Women), where she interviews successful Swedish non-white women.

In 2016, she made her directorial debut with the short film Noni & Elizabeth. This film was in official selection at LA Film Festival, Palm Springs ShortFest and Giffoni Film Festival.[11]

Her agent is Finnish-Swedish talent manager Laura Munsterhjelm, the same agent as Swedish actresses Rebecca Ferguson and Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Sommarstället Aisa
2013 Stockholm Stories Minou, Jessica's assistant
2019 Sisters in Arms American sniper
2021 Red Dot Nadja
2021 Black Widow Ingrid
2021 Omerta 6/12 Sylvia Madsen Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Livet enligt Rosa Blenda 9 episodes
2007 Beck Muriel Santander Episode: "Det tysta skriket"
2007–2008 Andra Avenyn Olga Svensson 40 episodes
2011 Irene Huss Maria Episode: "I skydd av skuggorna"
2013–2014 Real Humans Yuma 9 episodes
2014 Viva Hate Susanne 2 episodes
2016 Ø Sarah / Maggie (2016) 5 episodes
2017 Finaste familjen Miranda Episode dated 28 April 2017
2017 Hassel Eira Lindhe 10 episodes
2019 The Inner Circle Lena Nilsdotter 8 episodes
2019 Twin Mary
2019–2020 Ture Sventon & Bermudatriangelns hemlighet Petra 6 episodes


  1. ^ "Nanna Blondell | Actors in Scandinavia". 26 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Nanna Blondell: "Det är fruktansvärt jobbigt att vara ifrån min dotter"". Archived from the original on 13 January 2020. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Från MTV till tonårsroll". Expressen. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  4. ^ "NANNA BLONDELL (ACTRESS-REAL HUMANS) - interview by Peek-A-Boo magazine". Archived from the original on 26 August 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Director Caroline Fourest describes her battle to make feminist war film 'Sisters in Arms'".
  6. ^ "Immortality : une série Blackpills qui traite de la vie éternelle | UnSimpleClic". 10 April 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  7. ^ "EXKLUSIVT: Niklas Engdahl och Nanna Blondell om Den inre cirkeln". Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Nanna Blondell on Instagram: "I can finally tell you I'm gonna be in this amazing movie.