Tobias Santelmann

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Tobias Santelmann
Born (1980-08-08) August 8, 1980 (age 42)
Years active2010–present
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
SpouseJennifer Braathen
ChildrenAlba Santelmann

Tobias Santelmann (born August 8, 1980) is a German-born Norwegian actor. He is best known for starring in the Academy Award-nominated film Kon-Tiki (2012). His credits also include Hercules (2014), Point Break (2015), The Heavy Water War (2015), Grenseland (2017), The Last Kingdom (2015–2018), Atlantic Crossing (2020), Those Who Kill (2021), Exit  [ no ] (2019-2023).


Early life

Santelmann was born in Freiburg, Germany. [1] He moved with his family to Norway when he was young. He was raised in Lindesnes, south Norway, later moving to Oslo when he was 16 years old. He studied at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, graduating in 2006. [2]


Santelmann worked at The Norwegian Theatre in Oslo with appearances in The Castle, The Good Person of Szechwan, and Nora. [2] His screen credits include Norwegian films like Kon-Tiki (2012), [1] Flukt (2012), Jag Etter Vind (Chase the wind) (2013), [1] and Jeg er din (I Am Yours) (2013). Santelmann's film work outside Norway includes supporting performances in the films Hercules (2014), [3] and Point Break (2015), and a starring role in the BBC television series The Last Kingdom (2015-2018). [4]

In 2021, he played the role of a serial killer in the mini series Those Who Kill . [5]

In 2020, Santelmann, though relatively unknown in the United States, was chosen to play Prince Olav in the TV series Atlantic Crossing , a joint Norway/US production, alongside Sofia Helin and Kyle MacLachlan. [6]

Selected filmography

2010 Varg Veum Stian Brandt
2012 Kon-Tiki Knut Haugland
2013Jag etter vindHåvardNominated - Amanda Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Amanda Award for Best Newcomer
2013 Jeg er din Dirk
2014 Kraftidioten Finn
2014 Hercules Rhesus
2015 Point Break 'Chowder'
2018 Mordene i Kongo Tjostolv Moland
2019 Out Stealing Horses
2010 Maria Ole Marius Aronsen
2014, 2016Frikjent (Acquitted)Erik NilsenMain (18 episodes)
2014Øyevitne (Eyewitnesses)Lars StrømmeMain (5 episodes)
2015 The Heavy Water War Joachim Rønneberg Main (6 episodes)
2015 Homeland Colonel HaugenGuest (1 episode)
2015-2018 The Last Kingdom RagnarMain (3 seasons - 13 episodes)
2016 Marcella Yann HallSeries 1 (8 episodes)
2017 Grenseland Nikolai AndreassenMain (8 episodes)
2020 Atlantic Crossing Prince Olav Main (8 episodes)
2021 Those Who Kill Peter VingeMain (9 episodes)
2019-2023 Exit  [ no ]HenrikMain (24 episodes)

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