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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
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Good Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is a Danish American actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter. He made his film debut in Peter Weir's 1985 thriller Witness, and subsequently appeared in many ...more

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Giancarlo Esposito is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Usual Suspects, Do the Right Thing, Trading Places Giancarlo Giuseppe Alessandro Esposito is a Danish-born American actor, director, and producer of African-Italian descent. He is best known for his portrayal of Gustavo "Gus" Fring on ...more

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Deepika Padukone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Om Shanti Om, Housefull, Main Aurr Mrs Khanna Deepika Padukone is an Indian film actress and model. She has established a career in Bollywood films, and is cited in the media as one of the most popular Indian celebrities. Padukone, the ...more

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Connie Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Gladiator, Rushmore, The Devil's Advocate Connie Inge-Lise Nielsen is a Danish actress whose first major role in an English language film was a supporting role in The Devil's Advocate; Nielsen later gained international attention for ...more

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Sven-Ole Thorsen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Gladiator, Predator, Lethal Weapon Sven-Ole Thorsen is a Danish actor, stuntman, bodybuilder and strongman competitor. Sven won Denmark's Strongest Man in 1983. Using his stature he often plays imposing giants and villains in his ...more

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Kirsten Olesen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Medea, Love Bites, In Your Hands Kirsten Olesen is an actress.

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Iben Hjejle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
High Fidelity, Defiance, The Boss of It All Iben Hjejle is a Danish actress, born 22 March 1971, and is notable for starring in the Stephen Frears film High Fidelity. 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
Black Hawk Down, Oblivion, Mama Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is a Danish actor, producer and screenwriter. He attended Statens Teaterskole in Copenhagen in 1993. In the United States, he played Detective John Amsterdam in the ...more

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Jean Hersholt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Fountain, Abie's Irish Rose, Remedy for Riches Jean Pierre Hersholt was a Danish-born actor who lived in the United States, where he was a leading film and radio talent, best known for his 17 years starring on radio in Dr. Christian and for ...more

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Troels Lyby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Idiots, Shake It All About, Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms Troels Lyby 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 The Idiots. Since then, ...more

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Ulrich Thomsen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The World Is Not Enough, Kingdom of Heaven, Season of the Witch Ulrich Thomsen is a Danish actor.

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Mads Mikkelsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans, King Arthur Mads Dittmann Mikkelsen is a Danish actor. Originally a gymnast and dancer, he began his career as an actor in 1996. He rose to fame in Denmark as Tonny the drug dealer in the first two films of ...more

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Jacob Haugaard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Old Men in New Cars 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
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
The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear, Familien Gyldenkål, War of the Birds 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
Rocky IV, Beverly Hills Cop II, Cobra Brigitte Nielsen is a Danish actress, model, singer, and reality television personality who began her career modelling for Greg Gorman and Helmut Newton and several years later acted in the 1985 ...more

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Per Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Per Goldschmidt Me, Too, in the Mafia Per Goldschmidt is an actor.

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Poul Reichhardt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Counterfeit Traitor, Meet Me on Cassiopeia, The Moelleby Affair Poul David Reichhardt was a Danish actor, well known for his roles in Danish 1940s/50s comedies. Later on, he also played more serious and varied roles; he has also starred in Huset på ...more

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Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Idiots, Europa, The Boss of It All Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter. He is closely associated with the Dogme 95 collective – an avant-garde filmmaking movement – although his own films have taken a ...more

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Jesper Asholt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Jesper Asholt The Prince and Me, Mifune's Last Song, Far til fire - gi'r aldrig op 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
Ronal the Barbarian, Walter og Carlo--Yes det er far., Valhalla 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
Shake It All About, Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms, Grev Axel 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
Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Melancholia Jesper Christensen is a Danish actor. A veteran of European cinema, he has more recently made the transition to English language projects, including The Interpreter and Revelations. He has also ...more

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Anna Karina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Pierrot le Fou, Vivre Sa Vie, Band of Outsiders Anna Karina is a Danish-French citizen, film actress, director, and screenwriter who has spent most of her working life in France. She is known as a muse of the director Jean-Luc Godard, one of ...more

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Dirch Passer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Amour, Reptilicus, I Dirch Hartvig Passer was a celebrated Danish actor. He was greatly renowned for his improvisational skills and, with a filmography comprising 90 movies, one of Denmark's most prolific actors. ...more

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Anne Mette Beckmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Anne Mette Beckmann Anne Mette Beckmann appeared in the 2010 film The Good Life.

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Jens Okking is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Kingdom, Old Men in New Cars, The Moelleby Affair Jens Dyhr Okking, is a Danish actor and politician. Jens Okking is known from Lars von Triers TV-series The Kingdom, and was a member of the European Parliament 1999 - 2003, initially elected ...more

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Thure Lindhardt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Fast & Furious 6, Into the Wild, Angels & Demons Thure Frank Lindhardt is a Danish actor, educated at the drama school at Odense Theatre in 1998.

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Klaus Rifbjerg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Katinka, Danske billeder, Fieldsarkivet Klaus Rifbjerg was a Danish writer. He authored more than 170 novels, books and essays. In 1965 he co-produced the film 4x4 which was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.

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Ghita Nørby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Babette's Feast, The Kingdom, Everlasting Moments Ghita Nørby is a popular Danish actress with 117 film credits to her name from 1956–2005, making her one of the most active Danish actresses ever. She was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to ...more

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Daeg Faerch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Halloween, Hancock, Coming to Town Daeg Faerch is an actor/character actor. His credits include a comedic role in Peter Berg's Hancock and, most notably, in the horror remake Halloween. Faerch has also played in theatrical ...more

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Anders Hove is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Boss of It All, Subspecies, Critters 4 Anders Hove is an actor and director from Greenland. Hove is best known for his role of Cesar Faison in ABC's General Hospital, Loving, & Port Charles and in the film In the Middle of the ...more

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Nicolas Bro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
War Horse, Nymphomaniac: Volume I, Adam's Apples Nicolas Bro is a Danish actor born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Bro grew up in a family of actors; his mother is Danish actress Helle Hertz and father is the actor Christoffer Bro. His brother Anders ...more

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Kim Bodnia is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Serena, In a Better World, Delhi Belly Kim Bodnia is a Danish actor, and occasional writer and director. He is best known internationally for his role as "Martin Rohde" in the Scandinavian crime drama television series The ...more

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Jaqueline Fleming is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
RED, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Last Holiday Jaqueline Fleming is a Danish-born American actress. Fleming has appeared in Enemies Among Us, Red, Contraband and the recently released film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

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Trine Dyrholm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Festen, In a Better World, A Royal Affair Trine Dyrholm is a Danish actress, singer and songwriter. Dyrholm received national attention when she placed third in the Danish, Dansk Melodi Grand Prix as a 14-year-old singer. Four years ...more

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Ove Sprogøe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
You Are Not Alone, Journey to the Seventh Planet, The Moelleby Affair Ove Wendelboe Sprogøe Petersen was a Danish actor. Born in Odense, his parents were Arthur and Inger Sprogøe. He married Eva Rasmussen in 1945, with whom he had three children. One ...more

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Preben Kaas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Going for Broke, Gold for the Tough Guys of the Prairie, That's Me Preben Kaas was a Danish comedian, actor, script writer and film director. He appeared in 55 films between 1943 and 1980. He received the 1970 Bodil for best actor in a supporting role for his ...more

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Nikolaj Lie Kaas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Angels & Demons, The Idiots, The Whistleblower Nikolaj Lie Kaas is an actor.

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Anders Randolf is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Jazz Singer, The Black Pirate, The Viking Anders Randolf was a Danish American actor in American films from 1913 to 1931. Anders was born in Viborg, Denmark where he became a professional soldier in the Danish army and a world-class ...more

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Jørgen Leth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Five Obstructions, Klown, The Erotic Man Jørgen Leth is a Danish poet and film director who is considered a leading figure in experimental documentary film making. Most notable are his epic documentary A Sunday in Hell and his ...more

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Thomas W. Gabrielsson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Arn – The Knight Templar, A Royal Affair, Dark Horse Thomas Wearn Gabrielsson is a Swedish actor, active in Sweden and Denmark. He was born in Gothenburg.

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David Dencik is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse Karl David Sebastian Dencik is a Swedish-Danish actor.

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Morten Grunwald is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Olsen Gang's Big Score, The Last Exploits of the Olsen Gang, Hip hip hurra! Morten Grunwald is a Danish actor, stage director and theatre manager.

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Delia Sheppard is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Any Given Sunday, Rocky V, What Happens in Vegas Delia Sheppard is an actress.

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Lars Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Get Him to the Greek, Hemingway & Gellhorn, Metallica: Reflections Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of American heavy metal band Metallica. He was born in Gentofte, Denmark to an upper-middle-class family. A tennis player in his ...more

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Paprika Steen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Festen, The Idiots, Keep the Lights On Paprika Steen is a Danish actress and film director best known for her performances in the films Festen, The Idiots and Open Hearts. Steen was the first Danish actress since Karin Nellemose in ...more

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Karl Stegger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
The Moelleby Affair, Johnny Larsen, The Song of the Red Ruby Karl Stegger was a Danish actor, who appeared in 157 films which makes him the most used Danish actor. He mostly appeared in comedy, but also had some serious roles e.g. as the vicar in ...more

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Søren Østergaard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Ernst & Lyset, Camping, Excuse Me Søren Østergaard is a Danish film, television and stage actor.

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Vera Gebuhr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Denmark
Dark Horse, Medea, Gertrud Vera Margrethe Gebuhr was a Danish film, television and stage actress. Gebuhr was most noted for her portrayal of the snobbish neurotic head saleswoman Miss Jørgensen in the popular ...more