Karel Roden


18 May 1962


Ceské Budejovice, Czechoslovakia [now Czech Republic]


Karel Roden is an internationally known actor who was most recently seen in the United States in director Jaume Collet-Serra's "Orphan," starring Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard, and in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla," opposite Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson and Thandie Newton. His work can also be seen in such films as the hit comedy "Mr. Bean's Vacation," starring Rowan Atkinson; Wayne Kramer's "Running Scared," opposite Paul Walker and Vera Farmiga; Paul Greengrass' wildly successful "The Bourne Supremacy," the second film in the franchise starring Matt Damon; Guillermo del Toro's comics-based action thrillers "Hellboy" and "Blade II"; "Bulletproof Monk," starring Chow Yun-Fat and Seann William Scott; and "15 Minutes," starring Robert De Niro and Edward Burns.

Roden has been nominated several times and recently won a prestigious Czech Lion Award for Best Actor for his work in the film "Guard No. 47," produced in his native country, the Czech Republic. He has acted in numerous Czech films, including "Jménem krále"; "The Eye"; "Holka Ferrari Dino"; "Bathory"; "Little Girl Blue"; "Bestiar"; "Vaterland - Lovecký deník"; and "Wild Flowers." Roden has also acted in a variety of films produced throughout Europe, including France's "Largo Winch," from director Jérôme Salle and starring Kristin Scott Thomas; Spain's "The Abandoned," Poland's "Summer Love"; and the UK's "Shut Up and Shoot Me" and "The Last Drop." He appeared as himself in Jan Nemec's documentary "Late Night Talks with Mother."

On the small screen, Roden has appeared in the US series "The Philanthropist," the UK series "MI-5" and "The Scarlet Pimpernel," and in countless Czech productions, including the series "Trapasy" and the telepic "A Christmas Tale."

A graduate of the Prague Dramatic Academy of Fine Arts, Roden hails from a long tradition of Czech actors: his younger brother, Marian, is also an actor, and both men followed in the footsteps of their father and grandfather. Roden's upcoming films include the horror thriller "Andrassy Street 60.," opposite Talia Shire and Barry Corbin; the German period drama "Habermann"; and "Alois Nebel," an animated feature from the Czech Republic.

Actor ( 94 credits )

Masaryk (2017) Jan Masaryk
We Are Never Alone (2016)
Krizácek (2016)
The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street (2016) Narrator (voice)
Family Film (2015)
Fotograf (2015) Jan Saudek
Sword of Vengeance (2015) Durant
Photographer (2015) Jan Saudek
Krásno (2014) Kos
Vinari (2014)  Petr Krizan (1 episode, 2014)
Frankenstein's Army (2013) Viktor
Crossing Lines (2013)  Lev Marianski (3 episodes, 2013)
The Wrong Mans (2013)  Marat (2 episodes, 2013)
Signál (2012) Pilka
Four Suns (2012) Karel
Missing (2012)  Azimoff (4 episodes, 2012)
Alois Nebel (2011) Nemý
Lidice (2011) Frantisek Síma
The Magical Duvet (2011) Tatínek
A Lonely Place to Die (2011) Darko
Cat Run (2011) Carver
Terapie (2011)  Marek Posta (80 episodes, 2011-2013)
Perfidia (2011) Grawienko
Habermann (2010) Karel Brezina
VIP zprávy (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Prominenti (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Holka Ferrari Dino (2009)
Eye in the Wall (2009) Vincent
Orphan (2009) Dr. Varava
Jménem krále (2009) Oldrich z Chlumu
Holy Money (2009) Slender Man
The Philanthropist (2009)  Bayonne / ... (1 episode, 2009)
The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008) Mikhail Korsky
Guard No. 47 (2008) Frantisek Dousa
Bathory: Countess of Blood (2008) Thurzo
RocknRolla (2008) Uri Omovich
Little Girl Blue (2007) Richard
Bestiár (2007) Alex
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) Emil
Trapasy (2007) (unknown episodes)
The Abandoned (2006) Nicolai
Summer Love (2006) The Stranger
The Last Drop (2006) Sgt. Hans Beck
Running Scared (2006) Anzor Yugorsky
Dead Fish (2005) Dragan
Shut Up and Shoot Me (2005) Pavel Zeman
Vaterland: A Hunting Logbook (2004) Richard Czadsky
The Bourne Supremacy (2004) Gretkov
Hellboy (2004) Grigori Rasputin
Rex-patriates (2004)
Bulletproof Monk (2003) Strucker
Sen (2002) Karel
Blade II (2002) Kounen
Bratri (2002)
MI-5 (2002)  Miroslav Gradic (uncredited) (1 episode, 2003)
Late Night Talks with Mother (2001)
Parallel Worlds (2001) Krystof
15 Minutes (2001) Emil Slovak
Cerní andelé (2001) (1 episode, 2001)
Victims and Murderers (2000) Miroslav
Wild Flowers (2000) Dead Man - Soldier (segment "Svatebni kosile")
The Melancholic Chicken (1999) Father
Praha ocima (1999) Petr (segment "Absolute Love")
Double Role (1999) Surgeon
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999)  Figaro (1 episode, 1999)
Traps (1998) Dr. Marek
Cas dluhu (1998) Milan
Crackerjack 2 (1997) Hans Becker
The Firebird (1997) Magician Skeleton
Kral Ubu (1996) Captain Obruba
Eine kleine Jazzmusik (1996) Bronzoryp
Dívka se zázracnou pametí (1996) Ferdinand Kvásek's friend
Ve svém byte bydlím sám (1995)
Hrad z pisku (1994) Stranger
The Canary Connection (1993) Don Giovanni
Don Gio (1992) Don Gio
Crimson Dawn (1992) Matyás
Corpus delicti (1991) Jaromír
Sedem jednou ranou (1991)
Silnejsí nez já (1991) Inspector Sárka
About Family Affairs Only (1991) Captain
Le flic de Moscou (1991) (1 episode, 1991)
Time of the Servants (1989) Milan
Masseba (1989) Tall youngster Honza
Pan Tau - Der Film (1988) Pavel
Who's That Soldier? (1988) kapitán Tuma
How Poets Are Enjoying Their Lives (1988) Honza (as K. Roden)
Cekání na Patrika (1988) Mirek
Rodáci (1988)  (1988) (unknown episodes)
Muj hrísny muz (1987)
The Reckless Fellows (1987) Cyril
How Poets Are Losing Their Illusions (1985) Honza
Zlatovláska (0)
Angel (0) Stevens

Producer ( 1 credit )

Changes (2009) producer