Sidse Babett Knudsen

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Sidse Babett Knudsen
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Knudsen at the César Awards 2016 ceremony.
Born (1968-11-22) 22 November 1968 (age 51)
Copenhagen, Denmark
OccupationActress
Years active1994present
Children1

Sidse Babett Knudsen (Danish pronunciation:  [ˈsisə ˈpæpet ˈkʰnusn̩] ; born 22 November 1968) is a Danish actress who works in theatre, television, and film. Knudsen made her screen debut in the 1997 improvisational comedy Let's Get Lost , for which she received both the Robert and Bodil awards for Best Actress.

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Following the critical success of her debut, Knudsen has been considered one of the top Danish actresses of her generation. [1] [2] In 2000, she again won both best actress awards for the comedy romance Den Eneste Ene (English title: The One and Only ). [3] In 2016, she won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film Courted (L'Hermine). [4] Knudsen has also received award nominations for her roles in Monas Verden ( Mona's World ) and Efter brylluppet ( After the Wedding ).

Knudsen achieved international recognition for her leading role as fictional Danish Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg in the Danish TV series Borgen , [5] and for her role as Theresa Cullen in the HBO science fiction-Western television series Westworld .

Personal life

Knudsen was born 22 November 1968 in Copenhagen, the daughter of Ebbe Knudsen, a photographer, and Susanne Andersen, a school teacher. [6] During her childhood, the family lived in Tanzania where her parents did volunteer work. [7] Upon returning to Denmark, Knudsen attended a "creative school." [7] Knudsen is unmarried and is the mother of one son born in 2004. [8] [9]

Knudsen speaks fluent English and French, in addition to her native tongue, Danish.

Acting career

From 1987 to 1990 Knudsen trained in acting at the Theatre de l'Ombre in Paris despite knowing little French. [10] Upon returning to Denmark, Knudsen played roles for the experimental theatre OVINE 302 as well as at the Betty Nansen and Royal Danish Theatres in Copenhagen.

In 1997 Knudsen debuted in the lead role of Julie in Jonas Elmer's slice-of-life comedy Let's Get Lost. The film's script was only an outline, requiring the actors to improvise their roles and dialogue. [11] Knudsen said she wasn't very good at improvisation and accepted the part only because she thought it would be a lightweight summer comedy. [10] The film became a breakout hit in Denmark and Knudsen received both the Robert Award and the Bodil Award for Best Actress. [12] Critics called Knudsen's performance dominating. [3] Film critic Kim Skotte of Politiken wrote that Knudsen had hit a new tone with a "special ability to capture the modern woman's uncertainty and strength." [13]

Following her appearance in the 1998 mystery Motello, Knudsen played the lead character in Susanne Bier's 1999 romantic comedy Den Eneste Ene . The film became one of the decade's biggest box-office hits in Denmark. [14] It marked a new direction in modern Danish romantic comedies with credit given to Knudsen's acting style. [13] Knudsen's portrayal of Sus, a woman who becomes pregnant by her unfaithful husband while she loves another man, again earned her both the Robert Award and the Bodil Award for Best Actress.

Knudsen returned to work with Elmer in 2000 as the title character in the comedy Mona's Verden. As in Elmer's first film, Knudsen was required to improvise her dialogue and character. [15] Knudsen's portrayal of Mona, an uptight accountant who tries to stave off the romantic infatuation of a bank robber while being held hostage, earned her a Bodil Award nomination for Best Actress. [16]

In 2020, she starred in the BBC drama Roadkill as the mistress of a British Tory politician played by Hugh Laurie. [17]

Knudsen will also reprise her role as Prime Minister Nyborg in the Netflix revival of Borgen, which will be released in 2022. [18]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotes
1997 Let's Get Lost Julie Jonas Elmer
Thérapie russeSidseEric Veniard
En stille dødSally Jannik Johansen Short
Fanny FarveløsMother Natasha Arthy Short
1998MotelloJulie Steen Rasmussen & Michael Wikke
1999 The One and Only Sus Susanne Bier
Mifune's Last Song Bibbi Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
2000MirakelMona Petersen Natasha Arthy (3)
MaxSarah 'Max' EngellTrine Piil Christensen
2001 Chop Chop Rita Niels Arden Oplev
Monas verden Mona Jonas Elmer (2)
2002Drengen der ville gøre det umuligeWoman Jannik Hastrup
2003Se til venstre, der er en svenskerKatrine Natasha Arthy (4)
Dogville : The PilotGrace Lars von Trier Short
2004 Villa Paranoia Olga Holmgård Erik Clausen
Fakiren fra BilbaoLouise Peter Flinth
Bjørno & BingoBingoSabine RavnShort
2006 After the Wedding Helene Hansson Susanne Bier (2)
2007Til døden os skillerBente Paprika Steen
2008Blå mændLotteRasmus Heide
2009Over gaden under vandetAnne Charlotte Sieling
Æblet & ormenSylvia Anders Morgenthaler & Mads Juul
2010ParterapiPuk AgerboKenneth Kainz
2012Sover Dolly på ryggen ?Sandra Hella Joof
2014 The Duke of Burgundy Cynthia Peter Strickland
Speed Walking Lizzi Niels Arden Oplev (2)
2015 Courted Ditte Lorensen-Coteret Christian Vincent
2016 150 Milligrams Irène Frachon Emmanuelle Bercot
Inferno Dr Elizabeth Sinskey Ron Howard
A Hologram for the King Hanne Tom Tykwer
2017 The Eternal Road SaraAntti-Jussi Annila
2018VitelloVitello's MotherDorte Bengtson
In Fabric Jill Peter Strickland (2)
2019Kaptajn BimseSophieThomas Borch Nielsen & Kirsten Skytte
Askeladden - I Soria Moria slottOhlmannMikkel Brænne Sandemose
UndtagelsenAnne-Lise Jesper W. Nielsen
The Translators Helene TuxenRégis Roinsard
2020Kød og blodBodilJeanette Nordahl
Limbo HelgaBen Sharrock

Television

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotes
1995JuletestamentetMercedesNikolaj Cederholm23 Episodes
1996Charlot og CharlotteHelle Ole Bornedal Mini-Series
1997Drengen de kaldte KyllingMercedes Natasha Arthy Mini-Series
Taxa Milla Anders Refn 1 Episodes
Gufol mysterietWeeping Woman Morten Lorentzen
1998 Strisser på Samsø Hanne JensenEddie Thomas Petersen2 Episodes
2004 Proof Nina Kutpreka Ciaran Donnelly 4 Episodes
2010-2013 Borgen Birgitte Nyborg Jesper W. Nielsen 30 Episodes
2014 1864 Johanne Luise Heiberg Ole Bornedal Mini-Series
2016 Westworld Theresa Cullen Jonathan Nolan 8 Episodes
2017 Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Jill Marc Munden Episode: "Crazy Diamond"
2018 The Simpsons Woman in bar Michael Polcino Episode: "Throw Grampa from the Dane"
VitelloVitello's MotherDorte Bengtson13 Episodes
2019 The Accident Harriet Paulsen Sandra Goldbacher Mini-Series
2020 Roadkill Madeleine HalleMichael KeillorMini-Series

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1998 Bodil Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Let's Get Lost Won
Robert FestivalBest ActressWon
2000 Bodil Award Best Actress in a Leading Role The One and Only Won
Robert FestivalBest ActressWon
2002 Bodil Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Monas verden Nominated
2003Robert FestivalBest ActressSe til venstre, der er en svenskerNominated
2006 Bodil Award Best Actress in a Leading Role After the Wedding Nominated
Robert FestivalBest ActressNominated
Rouen Nordic Film Festival Best Actress Won
Zulu AwardBest ActressWon
2008Zulu AwardBest Supporting ActressBlå mændWon
2010Best ActressParterapiWon
2012 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress - Drama Series Borgen Won
International Emmy Award Best Actress Nominated
2014 Torino Film Festival Best Actress The Duke of Burgundy Won
2015 Bodil Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Speed Walking Nominated
Robert FestivalBest ActressNominated
2016 César Award Best Supporting Actress Courted Won
2017 César Award Best Actress 150 Milligrams Nominated
Lumières Award Best Actress Nominated
2018 Jussi Awards Jussi Award for Best Supporting Actress The Eternal Road Won

Notes

  1. Morten Piil, Danske Filmskuespillere, Copenhagen: Gyldendal, 2001, p.238
  2. Karin Schmidt, "En rigtig stjerne", B.T., 23 November 2002, retrieved 27-05-2009
  3. 1 2 ( Piil 2001 , p. 238)
  4. "Cesar Awards: Philippe Faucon's Drama 'Fatima' Wins Best Film". Variety . Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  5. Gilbert, Gerard (5 January 2012). "Nothing Like A Dane". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
  6. "Sidse Babett Knudsen". Danske Film Database. danskefilm.dk. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  7. 1 2 Mottram, James (19 May 2016). "Sidse Babett Knudsen: 'I've been the Prime Minister, I cannot play the Prime Minister's wife'". iNews.
  8. Hansen, Aviaya Valdivia (22 November 2018). "Sidse fylder rundt: 50 og hemmelighedsfuld". Nyheder. Se og Hoer.
  9. Johansson, Susanne (11 December 2004). "Sidse Babett nyder sin barsel". B.T.
  10. 1 2 ( Piil 2001 , p. 240)
  11. Peter Schepelern, "Internationalisering og dogme", 100 Års Dansk Film, Copenhagen; Rosinante, 2001 p. 343
  12. Morten Piil, "Barbara versus Babett", Information, 10 March 1998
  13. 1 2 Kim Skotte, "Den Eneste Ene er et nyt kapitel i historien om den danske komedie", Politiken , 1 April 1999, written in Danish as "Med Let's Get Lost blev det slået fast, at dansk film i Sidse Babett Knudsen havde fået en skuespillerinde, som ramte en helt ny tone. En skuespillerinde med en særlig evne til at indfange den moderne kvindes usikkerhed og styrke."
  14. ( Schepelern 2001 , p. 313)
  15. Christian Monggaard, "At improvisere er at lytte", (Danish), Information, information.dk, 31 August 2001
  16. "Stor jævnbyrdighed i nomineringerne til årets Bodil-fest", B.T., January 11, 2002, retrieved 27-05-2009
  17. Jones, Ellen E. (2020-10-16). "Sidse Babett Knudsen: the Borgen star mixing Danish drama and Westminster intrigue". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  18. McHenry, Jackson (2020-04-29). "Borgen, a Show You Either Love or Have Never Heard of, Is Coming Back on Netflix". Vulture. Retrieved 2020-10-27.

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