Michael Nyqvist

Michael Nyqvist
Michael Nyqvist

Nyqvist in Stockholm, November 2009
Born Rolf Åke Michael Nyqvist
November 8, 1960 (1960-11-08) (age 51)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse Catharina Ehrnrooth

Rolf Åke Michael Nyqvist (born November 8, 1960) is a Swedish actor. Educated at the School of Drama in Malmö, he became well known from his role as police officer Banck in the first series of Beck movies made in 1997. He is recently most recognized for his role in the internationally acclaimed Millennium series as Mikael Blomkvist.


Early life

Nyqvist was born in Stockholm. As a baby, he was adopted from an orphanage and his biological father is Italian.[citation needed] At 17, he spent a year as an exchange student in the United States in Omaha, Nebraska. He took his first acting classes there, as a senior in high school playing, amongst other things, a small part in the drama Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. When he returned to Sweden, he was accepted at Ballet School, but after one year gave it up. An ex-girlfriend suggested he try theatre instead and at 24 he was accepted to the Malmö Theatre Academy. After graduating, Nyqvist worked mainly in theatre but also landed smaller parts in several different film productions.


His first big breakthrough came in 2000 with the film Together directed by Lukas Moodysson. The movie was set in the 1970s and followed the antics of life in a suburban commune in Stockholm. The movie reached great international success and earned Nyqvist his first Guldbagge Best Actor nomination for his role as a misguided husband with anger issues. He later played the leading man in the Swedish romantic comedy, The Guy in the Grave Next Door directed by Kjell Sundvall. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Catherine Mazetti. The film explored the difficulties that arise between a farmer living in the country and a city girl librarian highlighting working class and upper-middle class differences. Nyqvist won a Guldbagge Best Actor award for his role as the farmer, Benny.

In 2004, he played the lead role as Daniel Daréus, a conductor and musician, in the Academy Award nominated Best Foreign Film As It Is in Heaven, directed by Kay Pollak. As It Is in Heaven is one of the most watched Swedish films and the role highlighted Nyqvist's ability to display tenderness and vulnerability at the same time as rage and angst. In 2006, he starred in Suddenly directed by Johan Brisinger. In Suddenly, Nyqvist plays Lasse – a man who must come to terms with the sudden loss of his wife and son. In 2007, Nyqvist portrayed Swedish ambassador Harald Edelstam, in The Black Pimpernel, a hero who saved several lives from execution in Chile during and after the military coupe in September 1973.

He has garnered recent international attention starring as Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish title: Män som hatar kvinnor), The Girl Who Played With Fire (Swedish title: Flickan som lekte med elden) and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Swedish title: Luftslottet som sprängdes) of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy. Although Nyqvist always was high on the list of potential actors to portray Blomkvist, it was his charisma that got him the role. Director of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Neils Arden Oplev found what he was looking for in Nyqvist – someone with the right looks, charm and likeability.

He starred in Abduction, directed by John Singleton[1] and an adaptation of Henning Mankell's novel The Man from Beijing.[2] He is also part of the permanent ensemble at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Nyqvist has signed on to star in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol directed by Brad Bird.[3]

Personal life

Nyqvist has described his childhood and quest to find his biological parents, subsequently in his adult life, in his autobiographical novel, Just after dreaming (Swedish title: När barnet lagt sig). He is married and has two children.


  • Best Male Actor at the Guldbagge, the Swedish Oscar 2002
  • Filmstar of the year 2002 and 2004 by Aftonbladet, a Swedish newspaper
  • Best Male Actor 2003 by Nöjesguiden
  • Price winner The Golden Sun, 2004
  • Best Actor in the International Film Festival in Gijon 2003
  • As It Is in Heaven was nominated as Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2004
  • Best Male Actor in the International Film Festival in Minsk 2006
  • Won the Audience Price at the Gulbagge Gala 2006


Year Film Role Notes
1982 Kamraterna The model TV Movie
1987 Jim och piraterna Blom
1990 Pass TV Movie
1996 Sånt är livet Kalle Andersson
1997 Tic Tac Vinni
1997–1998 Beck John Banck Television cop film series – 7 episodes
1998 Nightwalk Short film
1998 Waiting for the tenor The Director
1998 Personkrets 3:1 Karl-Erik
1999 Breaking out Diego
1999 En dag i taget Henrik TV Series
2000 10:10 Magnus Short film
2000 Together Rolf Best Supporting Actor Guldbagge nomination, Best Actor Award at the Gijón International Film Festival
2001 Home Sweet Home Kent
2001 Making Babies
2002 The Guy in the Grave Next Door Benny Best Actor Guldbagge Award
2003 Smala Sussie Mörka Rösten
2003 Detailjer Erik
2004 As It Is In Heaven Daniel Daréus Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Film, Best Actor Guldbagge nomination
2004 Day and night Jacob Silver Hugo Award for Best Ensemble Acting at the Chicago International Film Festival
2004 ABBA: Our Last Video Ever
2005 Shadow world Short film
2005 Naboer Åke
2005 Mother of mine Hjalmar Jönsson Best Supporting Actor Guldbagge nomination
2005 Bang Bang Orangutang Sven Blomberg
2005 Kurt Wallander Lothar Kraftzcyk TV series based on Henning Mankell's crime novels – 1 episode
2006 Search
2006 Suddenly Lasse
2007 The Black Pimpernel Harald Edelstam
2007 Arn: The Knight Templar Magnus Folkesson
2008 The Kautokeino Rebellion Lars Levi Laestadius
2008 Downloading Nancy Stan
2008 Iscariot Masen
2009 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Mikael Blomkvist
2009 The Girl Who Played with Fire Mikael Blomkvist
2009 Bröllopsfotografen Stage actor
2009 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Mikael Blomkvist
2010 The Woman That Dreamed About a Man Johan
2010 Among Us Ernst
2010 Kennedys Hirn Lars Hakansson TV Movie
2010 The Chinese Man Staffan Film adaptation of Henning Mankell novel 'The Man From Beijing'
2011 Abduction Viktor Kozlow
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Kurt Hendricks


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