Olaf Johannessen (actor)

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Olaf Johannessen
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Born (1961-07-08) 8 July 1961 (age 59)
Occupation Actor
Years active1986 – present
Partner(s)Marita Dalsgaard
Parent(s)Eyðun Johannessen and Tove Jakobsen

Olaf Heine Johannessen (born 8 July 1961 in Tórshavn) is a Faroese stage and film actor. He finished his education as an actor from the Odense Teater skuespillerskole (now Syddansk Musikkonservatorium og Skuespillerskole) in 1986. He works as an actor on stage in Denmark and Germany and as a film actor in Danish TV-series and films.


After finishing his education Johannessen was employed at the Aarhus Teater, where he played the main role in the drama Lykke-Peer (1988) and the title role in Hamlet (1992) and the title role in Roberto Zucco. In 1994 he started working at the Royal Danish Theatre, where he worked until he in 2002 started working as a freelance actor in various theatres in Denmark and Germany. He has played in Danish TV-series like playing the role as the prime minister Kristian Kamper in The Killing (Danish TV series) (Danish title: Forbrydelsen), third series. From 2013 to 2014 he played the role as Peer Gynt in the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, directed by Staffan Valdemar Holm. From 2011 to 2014 he worked as a stage actor at the same theatre playing the role as Michel Houellebecq in the play Karte und Gebiet, directed by Falk Richter. In 2014 he played the role as Adolf Eichmann on the Betty Nansen Teatret in the play Samtale før døden (Dialogue before death), written by Adam Price, directed by Peter Langdal. [1]

Olaf Johannessen is the son of theater instructor Eyðun Johannessen and brother of the actor Annika Johannessen. [2] His father is Faroese, his mother, Tove Jacobsen, is Danish. He grew up in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands and in Denmark. His current partner is the Faroese actress and directress Marita Dalsgaard with whom he has two children. He has three other children from a previous marriage. [3]

Theatre roles in selection

2009 Teatret ved Sorte Hest Hjorten Vivian Nielsen Vivian NielsenJarl
Royal Danish Theatre
(Guestplay on Royal Dramatic Theatre)
Language of Hope Das Beckwerk Das BeckwerkThe Medium
Royal Danish TheatreRichard III William Shakespeare Staffan Valdemar HolmLord Grey, 1st morderer, King Edward IV, Young Richard of York, Stanley, Mayor of London
MammutteatretPPP Claus Flygare Minna JohannessonPier Paolo Pasolini
Café Teatret KrasnoyarskJohan HarstadLine PaulsenThe Anthropologist
Royal Danish TheatreRødt og grønt (Red and Green) Astrid Saalbach Søren IversenManne
2011–2014 Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus Karte und Gebiet Michel Houellebecq Falk RichterMichel Houellebecq
2013–2014Düsseldorfer SchauspielhausPeer Gynt Henrik Ibsen Staffan Valdemar Holm Peer Gynt [4]
2013 Grønnegårds Teatret Fruentimmerskolen Molière Madeleine Røn Juul Arnolphe
2014 Betty Nansen Teatret Samtale før dødenAdam PricePeter LangdalAdolf Eichmann
2014–2015Betty Nansen TeatretMefistoAriane MnouchkinePeter LangdalHendrik Höfgen
2015Det Kongelige TeaterHeksejagt Arthur Miller Roger VontobelJohn Proctor
2015–16Schauspielhaus BochumRose BerndGerhard HauptmannRoger VontobelChristof Flamm
2015–16Det Kongelige TeaterPuntilaBertolt BrechtStaffan Valdemar HolmPuntila


1999–2000 Morten Korch - Ved stillebækken Ole StillebækTV-series, TV2
2009 Alting bliver godt igen Christoffer Bro MichaelFilm
2010 Pagten Jesper W. Nielsen Kim Landbetjent Nordic Christmas calendar, DR1
Blekingegade Jacob Thuesen Kenneth EbbeTv-serie, TV2
2012 Borgen Jannik JohansenJørgen HedegaardTv-series, DR1
The Killing, III Kristoffer Nyholm Kristian KamperTv-series, DR1
2014 1864 Ole Bornedal Carl Christian Hall Tv-series, DR1
2015Skammerens DatterKenneth KainzMester MaunusFilm
2015 Broen III Henrik Georgsson-Rumle HammerichLarsTv-series, DR1

Awards and recognition

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