Mikael Åke Persbrandt is one of the top-rated Swedish actors, best known for playing Gunvald Larsson in the Beck series of movies. He got international recognition for his appearance in the Academy Award-winning feature, In a Better World, directed by Susanne Bier. His performance in “In a better world” earned him a 2011 European Film Award nomination for Best Actor. Apart from that, he has several tremendous performances to his name include the role of Carl Hamilton from the novels by Jan Guillou, Beorn in The Hobbit, and Jakob Nyman in the British TV series Sex Education.
Mikael Persbrandt was born on September 25, 1963, in Jakobsberg, Järfälla Municipality, Stockholm County. There is no authentic information available about his school or college life. He started his career at the age of 21, back in 1984. Mikael never looked back after entering showbiz, and he has been working continuously for the last 36 years.
Persbrandt began his career in 1984 by performing on stage with the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. His first play was King Lear (1984). He mostly worked in Royal Dramatic Theatre and had roles in numerous stage productions until 2014. His notable stage plays include Julius Caesar (1985), Three Sisters (1994), Don Juan (1999), Maria Stuart (2000), and Miss Julie (2005).
Persbrandt started his television career in 1990 with the TV film Nigger. He mostly worked in TV series throughout the late 90s. His notable TV series during the '90s include Storstad (1991), Rederiet (1992-1994), Radioskugga (1995), and Anna Holt – polis (1996-1997). He continued working in TV series after that and worked in several series such as Medicinmannen (2005), Oskyldigt dömd (2008-2009), and Invisible Heroes (2019). Since 2019, he portrays the role of Jakob Nyman in the comedy-TV series Sex Education.
Alongside this, Persbrandt also showcased his acting skills on the big screen. He got his first breakthrough in the Swedish film industry by portraying the role of Gunvald Larsson in the Beck film series. The first installment of the beck series came in 1997 as Beck- Lockpojken. In 2016, Mikael starred in Beck- Gunvald (2016) and left the film series.
While shooting for the beck series, Mikael Persbrandt starred in the 2010 Danish drama thriller film In a Better World, alongside Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen. The movie won an Academy Award, which made him an international star.
Moreover, he portrayed the role of Beorn in the 2nd and 3rd installment of The Hobbit film series, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
Mikael Persbrandt was in a relationship with Maria Bonnevie. They remained in a relationship for 5 years, from 1998 to 2003. After that, the couple split quietly without disclosing any reason. Since then, he is in a relationship with a Swedish journalist and TV presenter named Sanna Lundell. The couple is the parents of 3 children, all sons: Igor Edgar Persbrandt (born on May 6, 2006), Åke Lo Persbrandt (b, August 19, 2009), and Niki Fox (b. April 22, 2018).
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