Mikael Persbrandt Young – Mikael Persbrandt is a Swedish actor who now resides in the United States. Perhaps his most notable role in Swedish cinema is as Gunvald Larsson in the Beck film series. He has played Carl Hamilton in Jan Guillou’s books, Beorn in The Hobbit, and Jakob Nyman in the British television series Sex Education.
When we met in February at the Berlin Film Festival, Mikael Persbrandt resembled a Swedish rock star more than a star of TV action programs, films, and theatre. He was tall, beautiful, brilliantly blue-eyed, deep gravelly voice, and wore unique headgear and mostly black clothing.
He has been onstage with Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre and in some films and television productions. Persbrandt is most recognized in the Beck film series as the hardboiled police investigator Gunvald Larsson. Persbrandt announced his retirement from the famous role of Gunvald Larsson in 2015. Persbrandt made his Netflix comedy-drama Sex Education debut in 2019 as Jakob Nyman. In the film “The Salvation,” he had a pivotal role.
The 50-year-old actor was promoting his part as a recovering alcoholic in Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Danish film Someone You Love (A Family, A Soap). Persbrandt was sentenced to five months in prison, but he successfully challenged the sentence. He was given release late last week and ordered to do 75 days of community service. This is excellent news since sales for his next production, Strindberg’s Dance of Death, have been fast. The piece will be performed at Stockholm’s Maximteatern (he paid half).
Persbrandt seems to have personally experienced the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle embodied by his character. Persbrandt, who is best known in the United States for his starring role in Susanne Bier’s Oscar-winning Danish film In A Better World—as well as his role as the burly Beorn in The Hobbit films—was charged in April with possession of 12 grams of cocaine (purchased with his cell phone) in a drug bust that also involved lesser-known members of the music industry.