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Popular Film Actors from Finland

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List of famous film actors and actresses from Finland, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Finland 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 Finnish screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Finland and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

Examples of film actors on this list: Kari Heiskanen, Ada Kukkonen and many more.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Finland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Finnish film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
  • 1

    Antero Alli

    The Drivetime



    Antero Alli was born 11 November 1952, in Finland. Alli currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he conducts workshops and stages theatrical productions, some of which have been released as...  more
  • 2

    Jarkko Ahola

    One Foot Under

    BirthplaceToijala, Finland


    Jarkko Kalevi Ahola (born 24 August 1977, in Toijala) is a performing artist, a composer and a singer. He is the vocalist and bass player and one of the three songwriters of the band Teräsbetoni. He...  more
  • 3

    Tuula Nyman

    Taivas tiellä, Kummeli Kultakuume

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland


    Tuula Elisabet Nyman is an actress and television producer....  more
  • 4

    Kosti Klemelä

    The Unknown Soldier, Skandaali tyttökoulussa



    Kosti Klemelä was a Finnish actor. He is best remembered for playing the role of Lt. Koskela in an Edvin Laine film The Unknown Soldier. In addition to his film career, he worked for the Finnish...  more
  • 5

    Kaarlo Halttunen

    The Unknown Soldier, Open Secret

    BirthplaceLappeenranta, Finland


    ChildrenElina Halttunen, Marjukka Halttunen, Pekka Kaarlo

    Kaarlo Halttunen (18 August 1909 – 8 March 1986) was a Finnish actor. He appeared in 87 films and television shows between 1933 and 1970. He starred in the film Yksityisalue, which was entered into...  more
  • 6

    Leo Jokela

    Little Presents, Saatanan radikaalit

    BirthplaceHausjärvi, Finland


    Leo Jokela was an actor....  more
  • 7

    George Gaynes

    Tootsie, Police Academy

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland

    NationalityUnited States of America


    ParentsIya Abdy, Gerrit Jongejans

    ChildrenIya Gaynes, Matthew Gaynes

    George Gaynes (born George Jongejans; May 3, 1917 – February 15, 2016) was an American singer, actor and voice artist. Born to Dutch and Russian parents in Finland, he served in the Royal Netherlands...  more
  • 8

    Olivia Merilahti

    The Monster of Nix

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityFrance, Finland

    Olivia Bouyssou Merilahti (born 25 February 1982 in Paris) is a Finnish-French singer and composer living in France. Her work has been compared to that of Björk, whom she cites as a major influence....  more
  • 9

    Ismo Kallio

    Sauna, Pelicanman

    BirthplaceFinland, Turku


    Ismo Kallio is an actor....
  • 10

    Yrjö Tähtelä

    A Baltic Tragedy

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland


    Yrjö Tähtelä is an actor....
  • 11

    Sami Kukkohovi

    Sentenced: Buried Alive



    Sami Kukkohovi is a Finnish musician, best known as the bassist of the Finnish metal band, Sentenced. He joined the band in 1996, replacing Taneli Jarva, and stayed with Sentenced up until they...  more
  • 12

    Peter Franzén

    Cleaner, At Point Blank

    BirthplaceFinland, Keminmaa



    ChildrenDiego Aaron Vilhelm Franzén

    Peter Franzén (born 14 August 1971) is a Finnish actor, author, screenwriter and director....  more
  • 13

    Åke Lindman

    Reds, The Hunters

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland


    ParentsEdit Järvinen, Väinö Järvinen

    ChildrenHeidi Lindman, Heidi Kara, Tom Lindman

    Åke Leonard Lindman (11 January 1928 in Helsinki – 3 March 2009), born Åke Leonard Järvinen, was a Finnish director and actor. In his youth Lindman was a football player, playing defence for the...  more
  • 14

    Irina Björklund

    The American, The Third Wave

    BirthplaceDanderyd Municipality, Sweden

    NationalitySweden, Finland


    ChildrenDiego Aaron Vilhelm Franzén

    Irina Felicia Björklund (born 7 February 1973) is a Finnish actress and singer....  more
  • 15

    Aki Kaurismäki

    Rocky VI, Aaltra

    BirthplaceOrimattila, Finland


    Aki Olavi Kaurismäki (Finnish: [ˈɑki ˈkɑurismæki] (listen); born 4 April 1957) is a Finnish screenwriter and film director. He is described as Finland's best-known film director....  more
  • 16

    Vesa-Matti Loiri

    Uuno Turhapuro – Suomen tasavallan herra presidentti, Professori Uuno D.G. Turhapuro

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland


    ChildrenJoonas Loiri

    Vesa-Matti "Vesku" Loiri (born 4 January 1945 in Helsinki) is a Finnish actor, musician and comedian, best known for his role as Uuno Turhapuro, whom he portrayed in a total of 20 movies between the...  more
  • 17

    Tarja Turunen

    White Snow, Yhtä Kyytiä

    BirthplaceKitee, Finland


    ParentsMarjatta Turunen, Teuvo Turunen

    ChildrenNaomi Eerika Alexia Cabuli Turunen

    Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen-Cabuli (born 17 August 1977), known professionally as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish heavy metal singer-songwriter. She is a lyric soprano and has a vocal...  more

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    Kari Väänänen

    Leningrad Cowboys Go America, Christmas Story

    BirthplaceIvalo, Finland


    ChildrenKonsta Väänänen, Wilhelmina Väänänen, Hilda Väänänen

    Kari Kyösti Väänänen (born 17 September 1953 in Ivalo) is a Finnish actor and director. Domestically he is a member of the Ryhmäteatteri group of actors. He was introduced to international audiences...  more
  • 19

    Stina Ekblad

    Fanny and Alexander, Faithless

    BirthplaceFinland, Korsholm

    NationalitySweden, Finland

    Stina Åsa Maria Ekblad (born 26 February 1954 in Solf, Ostrobothnia, Finland) is a Swedish-speaking Finnish actress. Living in Stockholm, she has appeared mostly in Swedish productions. She received...  more
  • 20

    Outi Mäenpää

    The Match Factory Girl, Saippuaprinssi

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland



    Outi Mäenpää (born 24 February 1962) is a Finnish actress. Mäenpää was born in Helsinki. She began her career in theatre as a stage actor between 1984 and 1988. Since 1989 she has appeared regularly...  more
  • 21

    Tom Tammi

    Sleepless in Seattle, Diner


    NationalityUnited States of America, Finland

    Tom Tammi is an actor....  more
  • 22

    Pertti Koivula

    Niko 2 - Little Brother, Big Trouble

    BirthplaceRanua, Finland


    Pertti Koivula is an actor....  more
  • 23

    Ville Virtanen

    Sauna, Black Ice

    BirthplaceEspoo, Finland


    ParentsJukka Virtanen

    ChildrenValdemar Virtanen, Daniel Virtanen, Sinna Virtanen

    Ville Virtanen is a Finnish actor....  more
  • 24

    Leo Lähteenmäki

    Doctor Zhivago, Aatamin puvussa ja vähän Eevankin

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland


    ParentsVilhelm Lähteenmäki, Vilhelmiina Lähteenmäki

    Leo Lähteenmäki was an actor....  more
  • 25

    Matti Pellonpää

    Night on Earth, Leningrad Cowboys Go America

    BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland


    Matti Pellonpää (28 March 1951 in Helsinki – 13 July 1995 in Vaasa) was a Finnish actor and a musician. He rose to international fame with his roles in both Aki Kaurismäki's and Mika Kaurismäki's...  more