Michael Nyqvist


08 Nov 1960


Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden


Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist


Born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist in Stockholm, Sweden, it wasn't until he was over a year old when he was finally adopted from the orphanage he had been given to. His father was a lawyer and his mother a writer. It wasn't until he had his first child that he decided to seek out his biological parents. After a long journey, he met his biological mother who is Swedish and is now close to his biological father who is Italian and a pharmacist.

Acting wasn't always originally on the agenda for Nyqvist. A career in hockey was desired until an injury lead to an early retirement. At the age of 17, Nyqvist went to Omaha, Nebraska in America as an exchange student for a year. This is where his passion for acting first sparked. He took his first acting classes and played amongst other roles, a part in a school version of the drama Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

However, upon returning to Sweden he got accepted into Ballet school but after one year gave it up insisting he was too "stiff" and twirls and twists were not for him. An ex-girlfriend suggested to try theatre instead and at 19 years old, he was accepted into the Swedish Academic School of Drama in Malmö. He then went onto work mainly in theatre but also had several parts in film productions.

He became well known for his role as police officer Banck in the first series of Beck films made in 1997. His big breakthrough in European cinema came three years later, as he starred as Rolf, an alcoholic and abusive husband, in a film by Lucas Moodysson called Together. This role landed him his first Guldbagge nomination (Best Supporting Actor) and won him the Best Actor award at the Gijón International Film Festival.

The accolades, awards and nominations flowed on from there. In 2002, Nyqvist played the leading man in the Swedish romantic comedy-drama, The Guy in the Grave Next Door directed by Kjell Sundvall and based on the novel of the same name written by Catherine Mazetti. He won a Best Actor Guldbagge award for his performance. The following year, Nyqvist starred as the leading role in the As It Is in Heaven which was Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Film and his performance as an internationally renowned, struggling conductor earned Nyqvist his second nomination for a Best Actor Guldbagge award. In 2006, he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Guldbagge award for his role in the film, Mother of Mine.

Over the next few years he went on to star in several other films and plays as part of the Royal Dramatic Theatre. A notable role that Nyqvist portrayed was that of Swedish ambassador Harald Edelstam in the film the Black Pimpernel. Edelstam was a hero that saved several lives from execution in Chile during and after the military coupe in September 1973.

In 2008, it was announced that Nyqvist was chosen to star as Mikael Blomkvist of the literary phenomenon, the Millenium Trilogy written by Stieg Larsson. It was long speculated by Scandinavian tabloids that fellow Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt could be chosen for the role of Blomkvist until Oplev claimed that 'he would not have been right for the role.' Oplev needed 'a humanist with his heart in the right place, a Swedish teddy bear whom women would feel safe in his arms...a man who respects women, regardless of what type they are.' Nyqvist's capabilities as an actor and his public persona scored him the role.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, the Girl who Played with Fire and the Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest were released throughout 2009 throughout Europe and in the following year, throughout the rest of the world. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has garnered international critical acclaim. Oplev, Rapace (who starred as Lisbeth Salander, female protagonist of the trilogy) and Nyqvist all gained international recognition Nyqvist has said that his role as Blomkvist 'put him on the map internationally.' He has recently finished filming The Chinese Man based on the novel The Man from Beijing by well-known Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, and Abduction directed by John Singleton. There has been speculation and talk from Mankell that Nyqvist would be his first choice to play Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme who was assassinated in 1986. Nyqvist is currently filming Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and is reportedly starring as the lead male villain of the film.

Nyqvist is married to set designer, Catharina Ehrnrooth and has two children Ellen (born in 1991) and Arthur (born in 1996).

Actor ( 89 credits )

The 11th (2017) Morten
Du forsvinder (2017)
A Serious Game (2016) Markel
I.T. (2016)
Frank & Lola (2016) Alan
The Colony (2015)
The Girl King (2015) Axel Oxenstierna
The Girl in the Book (2015) Milan Daneker
The Hundred Code (2015)  Mikael Eklund (2015) (unknown episodes)
Fest hos Bindefeld (2015)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
John Wick (2014) Viggo Tarasov
My So-Called Father (2014) Martin
Paris Follies (2014) Jesper
Days and Nights (2014) Johan
The Girl from Nagasaki (2013) Father Lars
Europa Report (2013) Andrei Blok
Zero Hour (2013)  White Vincent (13 episodes, 2013)
Mia på Grötö (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Bergs bärbara talkshow (2013)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Disconnect (2012) Stephen Schumacher
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) Kurt Hendricks
Abduction (2011) Nikola Kozlow
Breaking News med Filip och Fredrik (2011)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
The Woman Who Dreamed of a Man (2010) Johan
Among Us (2010) Ernst
Hellenius Hörna (2010)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Mauro & Pluras kök (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (2009) Mikael Blomkvist
The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) Mikael Blomkvist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) Mikael Blomkvist
The Wedding Photographer (2009) Stage actor
Skavlan (2009)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2009-2012)
Aloha! (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Iskariot (2008) Masen
Downloading Nancy (2008) Stan
The Kautokeino Rebellion (2008) Lars Levi Laestadius
Strada (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Black Pimpernel (2007) Harald Edelstam
Elias and the Royal Yacht (2007) Joviale (voice)
Arn: The Knight Templar (2007) Magnus Folkesson
White Man's Blues (2006) Jonas
Search (2006) Janne
Suddenly (2006) Lasse
Efter Tio (2006)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2013)
FörKväll (2006)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
Hos Jidhe (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Mother of Mine (2005) Hjalmar Jönsson - isä Ruotsissa
Bang Bang Orangutang (2005) Sven Blomberg
Next Door (2005) Åke
Skuggvärld (2005) Henrik
Wallander (2005)  Lothar Kraftzcyk (1 episode, 2005)
Skattejakten (2005)  Are Sterner (1 episode, 2005)
Godnatt, Sverige (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
As It Is in Heaven (2004) Daniel Daréus
Day and Night (2004) Jacob
London Voodoo (2004) Magnus
Närbild (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Details (2003) Erik
Slim Susie (2003) Mörka Rösten
Classmates (2003) Ulf
We Can Be Heroes! (2002) Giuseppe
The Guy in the Grave Next Door (2002) Benny Söderström
Home Sweet Home (2001) Kent
Making Babies (2001) Doctor
I afton Lantz (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Hr. Boe & Co.'s Anxiety (2001)
Together (2000) Rolf
Hjärta av sten (2000) Lev
10:10 (2000) Magnus
Breaking Out (1999) Diego
Reuter & Skoog (1999) (2 episodes, 2001)
En dag i taget (1999)  Henrik
Waiting for the Tenor (1998) The Director
Nightwalk (1998) The Man
S:t Mikael (1998)  Svante Nyhlén (2 episodes, 1998)
Tic Tac (1997) Resturant owner
Beck (1997)  John Banck / ... (7 episodes, 1997-1998)
Emma åklagare (1997)  Anders Häger (1 episode, 1997)
OP7 (1997)  Johan (1 episode, 1998)
Jerusalem (1996) Carpenter 1
Sånt är livet (1996) Kalle Andersson
Anmäld försvunnen (1995)  Ronny (1 episode, 1995)
Kvällspressen (1992)  Konkurrentjournalist (1 episode, 1992)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself / ... (11 episodes, 1997-2013)
BingoLotto (1989)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2000-2005)
Jim & piraterna Blom (1987)
Every Good Boy Does Fine (0)
Radegund (0) Bishop Joseph Fliessen

Producer ( 1 credit )

The Hundred Code (2015) executive producer (3 episodes, 2015)