Thora Bjorg Helga

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Thora Bjorg Helga
Born (1989-04-16) 16 April 1989 (age 29)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011-present
Notable workMetalhead

Thora Bjorg Helga (born 16 April 1989) is an Icelandic actress best known for starring in Ragnar Bragason's Metalhead . Helga won the 2014 Icelandic Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013. [1] She also starred in Baltasar Kormákur's film The Deep in 2013, earning her a 2013 Icelandic Academy Award Best Supporting Actress nomination. [2] [3] Helga also stars in the upcoming American film Autumn Lights. [4]

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For her role in Metalhead, Helga garnered unanimous acclaim for what The New York Times called "remarkable", [5] playing a grief-stricken young woman in Iceland. The Village Voice concluded that Helga was "commanding in the grief-stricken lead role, nailing not only the power stances and other musical affectations the character demands but, more pressingly, the permeating sorrow". [6]

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<i>The Deep</i> (2012 film) 2012 film by Baltasar Kormákur

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