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List of famous film actors and actresses from Denmark, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Denmark has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Danish screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Denmark and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

You can rank all of these film actors, from Lillian Weber-Hansen to Per Otto Bersang Rasmussen.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Danish actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Denmark?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Denmark in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Danish film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Viggo Mortensen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 60, Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring & Good

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: Denmark, United States of America

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Grace Gamble Atkinson, Viggo Peter Mortensen, Sr.

Children: Henry Mortensen

Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr. (; Danish: [viːko ˈmɒːtn̩sn̩]; born October 20, 1958) is a Danish-American actor, author, musician, photographer, poet, and painter. Born in New York to a Danish father ...more

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Giancarlo Esposito is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 60, Credits: The Usual Suspects, Do the Right Thing & Trading Places

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: United States of America

Height: 5'8"

Children: Kale Lyn Esposito, Shayne Lyra Esposito, Syrlucia Esposito, Ruby Esposito

Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito (born April 26, 1958) is an Italian-American actor and director. He has played Gustavo "Gus" Fring on the AMC shows Breaking Bad and Better Call ...more

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Deepika Padukone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 33, Credits: Om Shanti Om, Housefull & Main Aurr Mrs Khanna

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark, India

Height: 5'8"

Parents: Prakash Padukone, Ujjala Padukone

Deepika Padukone (pronounced [d̪iːpɪkaː pəɖʊkoːɳeː] or [paːɖʊkoːɳ]; born 5 January 1986) is an Indian film actress and producer. The highest-paid actress in India, her accolades include three ...more

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Connie Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 53, Credits: Gladiator, Rushmore & The Devil's Advocate

Birthplace: Frederikshavn, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Bent Nielsen

Children: Sebastian Sartor, Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen

Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen (born 3 July 1965) is a Danish actress whose first major role in an English language film was a supporting role in The Devil's Advocate (1997). Her films include ...more
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Sven-Ole Thorsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 74, Credits: Gladiator, Predator & Lethal Weapon

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 1.95

Children: Martin Thorsen, Michael Thorsen

Sven-Ole Thorsen (born 24 September 1944) is a Danish actor, stuntman, bodybuilder and strongman competitor. Thorsen won Denmark's Strongest Man in 1983.Using his stature he often plays imposing ...more
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Kirsten Olesen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 69, Credits: Medea, Love Bites & In Your Hands

Birthplace: Aarhus, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 1.7

Parents: Jens Oscar Olsen, Sigrid Marie Lange

Kirsten Olesen is an actress.
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Iben Hjejle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 47, Credits: High Fidelity, Defiance & The Boss of It All

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 1.71

Parents: Christian Hjejle, Annelise Kirsten

Children: William de Waal

Iben Hjejle (22 March 1971) is a Danish actress, notable for starring in the Stephen Frears film High Fidelity (2000). In Denmark, she is perhaps best known for appearing in the Danish ...more
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 48, Credits: Black Hawk Down, Oblivion & Mama

Birthplace: Rudkøbing, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 1.87

Parents: Hanne Søborg Coster, Fritzer Waldau

Children: Safina Waldau, Philippa Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish pronunciation: [nekolaɪ̯ kʰɒstɐ ˈvæltaʊ̯]; born 27 July 1970) is a Danish actor. He graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen ...more

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Jean Hersholt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Dec. at 70 (1886-1956), Credits: The Fountain, Abie's Irish Rose & Remedy for Riches

Birthplace: Denmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen

Nationality: Denmark, United States of America

Height: 1.8

Parents: Claire Petersen, Henry Hersholt

Children: Allan Hersholt, Jean Hersholt Jr.

Jean Pierre Carl Buron (12 July 1886 – 2 June 1956), known professionally as Jean Hersholt, was a Danish-American actor. He is best known for starring on the radio series Dr. Christian ...more
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Troels Lyby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 52, Credits: The Idiots, Shake It All About & Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms

Birthplace: Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Troels Lyby (born 15 October 1966) is a Danish actor. He made his big break in Hella Joof's film En kort en lang, but had previously acted in Let's Get Lost by Jonas Elmer and Lars von Trier's ...more
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Ulrich Thomsen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 55, Credits: The World Is Not Enough, Kingdom of Heaven & Season of the Witch

Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 1.8

Ulrich Thomsen (born 6 December 1963) is a Danish actor and filmmaker.
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Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 53, Credits: Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans & King Arthur

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Parents: Henning Mikkelsen, Bente Christiansen

Children: Viola Jacobsen Mikkelsen, Carl Jacobsen Mikkelsen

Mads Dittmann Mikkelsen, (Danish: [mæs ˈmikl̩sn̩] (listen); born 22 November 1965) is a Danish actor. Originally a gymnast and dancer, he began acting in 1996. He rose to fame in Denmark ...more

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Jacob Haugaard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 66, Credits: Old Men in New Cars

Birthplace: Tvøroyri, Faroe Islands

Nationality: Denmark

Daniel Jacob Haugaard is a Danish-Faroese comedian, actor, musician, composer, writer, TV host and politician.
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Preben Uglebjerg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark

Birthplace: Glostrup Municipality, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Preben Uglebjerg was a Danish film actor. He appeared in nine films between 1946 and 1963. He was born in Glostrup, Denmark and died in a Traffic collision in Denmark.
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Lisbet Dahl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 72, Credits: The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear, Familien Gyldenkål & War of the Birds

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Parents: Toni Biering, Helge Dahl

Children: Elisabeth Møller-Holst, Jacob Dahl, Gustav Wolter, Louise Bjerregaard, Martine Dahl

Lisbet Dahl is an actress and a film director.
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Brigitte Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 55, Credits: Rocky IV, Beverly Hills Cop II & Cobra

Birthplace: Rødovre, Denmark

Nationality: United States of America, Denmark

Height: 6'0"

Parents: Svend Nielsen, Hanne Nielsen

Children: Killian Marcus Nielsen, Raoul Ayrton Meyer Jr, Douglas Aaron Meyer, Julian Winding

Brigitte Nielsen (born 15 July 1963) is a Danish actress, model, singer and reality television personality who began her career modeling for Greg Gorman and Helmut Newton and several years later ...more

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Per Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Per Goldschmidt Age 75, Credits: Me, Too & in the Mafia

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark, Jægersborg

Nationality: Denmark

Per Goldschmidt is an actor.
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Poul Reichhardt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Dec. at 72 (1913-1985), Credits: The Counterfeit Traitor, Meet Me on Cassiopeia & The Moelleby Affair

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 5'11"

Children: Caroline Reichhardt, Frederikke Reichhardt, Peter Reichhardt, Henriette Reichhardt

Poul David Reichhardt (2 February 1913 – 31 October 1985) was a Danish actor, well known for his roles in Danish 1940s/1950s comedies. Later on, he also played more serious and varied roles; he ...more
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Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 62, Credits: The Idiots, Europa & The Boss of It All

Birthplace: Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Inger Trier, Fritz Michael Hartmann, Ulf Trier

Children: Ludvig Trier, Benjamin Trier, Selma Trier, Agnes Trier

Lars von Trier (born Lars Trier; 30 April 1956) is a Danish film director and screenwriter with a prolific and controversial career spanning almost four decades. His work is known for its genre ...more

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Jesper Asholt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Jesper Asholt Age 58, Credits: The Prince and Me, Mifune's Last Song & Far til fire - gi'r aldrig op

Birthplace: Denmark, Silkeborg

Nationality: Denmark

Jesper Asholt is a Danish actor. He has performed in more than fifty films since 1992.
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Preben Kristensen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 65, Credits: Ronal the Barbarian, Walter og Carlo--Yes det er far. & Valhalla

Birthplace: Skive, Denmark, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Preben Kristensen is an actor and screenwriter.
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Peter Frödin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 55, Credits: Shake It All About, Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms & Grev Axel

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Peter Frödin is a Danish actor, comedian and singer.
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Jesper Christensen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 70, Credits: Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace & Melancholia

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 1.8

Jesper Christensen (Danish pronunciation: [jespɐ ˈkʰʁɛstn̩sn̩]; born 16 May 1948) is a Danish actor. A veteran of European cinema, he has more recently made the transition to English language ...more
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Anna Karina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Age 78, Credits: Pierrot le Fou, Vivre Sa Vie & Band of Outsiders

Birthplace: Solbjerg, Denmark

Nationality: France, Denmark

Height: 5'6"

Anna Karina (22 September 1940 - 14 December 2019) was a Danish-French film actress, director, writer, and singer. She rose to prominence as French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard's muse in ...more

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Dirch Passer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Dec. at 54 (1926-1980), Credits: Amour, Reptilicus & I

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

Height: 1.92

Parents: Capt. Vilhelm Passer, Ragnhild Fich

Children: Josephine Passer, Dorte Passer

Dirch Hartvig Passer (18 May 1926 – 3 September 1980) was a celebrated Danish actor. He was greatly renowned for his improvisational skills and, with a filmography comprising 90 movies, one of ...more