Mikael Persbrandt Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 10 Nov, 2020
Facts of Mikael Persbrandt
Birth Nation: Sweden
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Name Mikael Persbrandt
Birth Name Mikael Åke Persbrandt
Father Bo Persbrandt
Mother Inga-Lill Persbrandt
Nationality Swedish
Birth Place/City Jakobsberg, Stockholms län, Sweden
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Working For Sophie's War (pre-production)
Net Worth $5 million
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Blonde
Face Color Fair
Affair with Maria Bonnevie (1998- 2003)
Girlfriend Sanna Lundell (2005- Present)
Married Once
Children 3
Divorce Maria Bonnevie (1998- 2003)
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter
Movies Beck film series, In a Better World (2010), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
TV Show Anna Holt - polis (1996-97), Medicinmannen (2005), Oskyldigt dömd (2008-09), Invisible Heroes (2019), Sex Education (2019- Present)
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Mikael Persbrandt is a Swedish-born actor internationally famous for playing Anton in the Academy Award-winning film In a Better World (2010). Turned professional in 1984, Persbrandt made his TV debut in 1990 through the TV movie Nigger and flagged fame in the late 90s as Gunvald Larsson in the Beck series of films (1997- 2016).

Moreover, he portrayed 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).

Throughout his career journey of over 3 decades, Mikael has landed in many TV works including Medicinmannen (2005), Oskyldigt dömd (2008-2009), and Invisible Heroes (2019). Since 2019, he portrays the main cast Jakob Nyman in the comedy-TV series Sex Education (2019- Present).

What Is the Age and Height Of Mikael Persbrandt?

Mikael Åke Persbrandt was born on September 25, 1963, in Jakobsberg, Stockholms län, Sweden to Bo Persbrandt and Inga-Lill Persbrandt.

A Swedish by nationality, the 6 feet 2.5 inches tall actor is 57 years old in November 2020.

Theaters Works Opened Gateway To TV & Films

Persbrandt's professional career journey began in 1984 as a stage actor; made a debut in King Lear (1984). Mostly, he worked in Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and had roles in numerous stage productions until 2014. 

His notable theater works include Julius Caesar (1985), Three Sisters (1994), Don Juan (1999), Maria Stuart (2000), and Miss Julie (2005).

On-Screen Debut & Career Sucess- Breakthrough In Sweden With 'Beck'

Following an on-screen debut in 1990 with TV film Nigger, Mikael Persbrandt mainly worked in TV series throughout late 90s: Storstad (1991), Rederiet (1992-1994), Radioskugga (1995), and Anna Holt - polis (1996-1997).

CAPTION: Mikael Persbrandt got breakthrough Swedish film indsutry as Gunvald Larsson in Beck film series SOURCE: Pinterest

His breakthrough in the Swedish film industry came in 1997 after the portrayal of Gunvald Larsson in the Beck film series. Having worked in Beck- Lockpojken (1997), his first-ever film of Beck series, the actor would work in further 30 movies, totaling 31 out of 38 films. It earned him 2 Guldbagge Awards (in 2009 & 2014) for Best Actor in a leading role.

Most recently, Mikael starred in Beck- Gunvald (2016) and left the film series.

Persbrandt's departure from Beck grabbed a lot of limelight in the nation; he stated that his will and curiosity to explore more about the international film industry was the main reason behind the exit.

Did you know? Mikael Persbrandt filmed for 259 days in 1997.

Cast In Academy Award-Winning Film 'In a Better World'

In the midst of a busy schedule with Beck film series shoots, 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, that posed Mikael directly into the international limelight.

Thereafter, the actor got another big-screen break as Beorn in the 2nd and 3rd installment of epic fantasy-adventure The Hobbit film series; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

CAPTION: Persbrandt played Beorn in The Hobbit film series (2013 & 2014) SOURCE: Daily Mail

There, he shared the screen with the likes of Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage.

As for a fact, The Hobbit film series based on the novel of the same name is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001, 2002, & 2003).

What Is Mikael Persbrandt Doing Now?

Having appeared in 6 episodes of Invisible Heroes (2019), Mikael currently portrays Jakob Nyman in the British comedy TV series Sex Education (2019- Present) starring Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Emma Mackey & others.

After the most recent movie appearance in the musical comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020), the IMDB reports that Persbrandt is set to appear as Franz in Sophie's War (pre-production). 

His other project Agent Hamilton: In Her Majesty's Service is currently filming.

Net Worth In 2020

Professional in the acting industry for over 3 decades, Mikael grabbed an impressive sum as well as fame. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Persbrandt has a net worth of $5 million in November 2020

Famous as Gunvald Larsson in the Sweden film Beck (its film series), the actor caught international fan attention with the work in Oscar-winning film In a Better World. Furthermore, his roles in 2013 & 2014 box-office hit The Hobbit film series gained his aid to his fortune.

Reportedly, the last 2 installments (2nd & 3rd) of The Hobbit totaled nearly $2 billion, i.e.  $1.923 billion to be exact.

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)- $958.4 million
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)- $956 million

Back in 2005, Persbrandt sued the Swedish newspaper Expressen after it made a false accusation of the actor having an acute alcohol poisoning. Later, the newspaper paid him 75,000 SEK (≈ € 6800 or US$8,900), in damages.

Did you know? He was arrested & fined twice in 2011 on the charge of cocaine use. Another cocaine offense in 2014 saw him 5 months imprisonment, but later got a reduced 75 hours' community service in an appeal.

Is The Father Of 3- Relationship Status

Reportedly, Mikael Persbrandt was in a relationship with (then) girlfriend-turned-fiance Maria Bonnevie. Their relationship lasted for 5 years from 1998 to 2003 before they split quietly without disclosing any reason.

Since 2005, the Beck actor is dating girlfriend Sanna Lundell, a Swedish journalist and TV presenter. Together, the duo is 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).

CAPTION: Mikael Persbrandt and his girlfriend Sanna Lundell SOURCE: Newsner

Mikaela and Sanna are yet to get engaged or has any disclosed plans for marriage. Let's hope to hear the good news soon. The family of 5 currently resides in Ingarö, an island in Värmdö Municipality, Stockholm County.


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