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      Sidse Babett Knudsen

      Sidse Babett Knudsen

      Highest Rated: 94% The Duke of Burgundy (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 20% With Your Permission (2007)

      Birthday: Nov 22, 1968

      Birthplace: København, Denmark

      Sidse Babett Knudsen was an internationally renowned Danish actress who was best known for her stately portrayal of a fictional Danish prime minister on the hit TV series "Borgen" (DR1, 2010-13). Born and raised in a well-to-do family in Copenhagen, Knudsen grew up with a burning desire to act. Determined to make good on her goal, Knudsen left home at 18 and moved to Paris where she enrolled in acting school. The young actress stayed in the cosmopolitan city for the next six years, landing small parts in numerous plays, while supporting herself through menial odd jobs. When she arrived back in Denmark in the early '90s, Knudsen started performing in experimental plays in and around Copenhagen. One of these performances eventually caught the eye of director Jonas Elmer, who wanted to cast her in his new improvisational comedy "Let's Get Lost" (1997). At first, Knudsen declined the offer, thinking her skills as an improviser were scant at best, but eventually relented and signed on as one of the leads. Her performance in the film proved to be momentous, as "Let's Get Lost" instantly went on to become one of the most successful movies of the year. From there the offers began to pour in, and over the next several years Knudsen appeared in over a dozen films, most notably the widely-successful romantic comedy "Den eneste ene" (1999). Then in the late 2000s Knudsen received an offer to play a fictional Danish Prime Minister on an upcoming TV series. She accepted the role, and when "Borgen" debuted on Danish television in 2010 the show quickly became an international hit, due largely to Knudsen's noteworthy performance. Knudsen returned to movies in 2014 by starring in the erotic drama "The Duke of Burgundy." That film, directed by Peter Strickland, premiered to strong reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

      Highest rated movies

      The Duke of Burgundy
      Wildland Limbo In Fabric
      Courted
      After the Wedding
      Sons
      Mifune

      Photos

      INFERNO, from left, Tom Hanks, Sidse Babett Knudsen, 2016. ph: Jonathan Prime. © Columbia Pictures INFERNO, from left, Tom Hanks, Sidse Babett Knudsen, 2016. ph: Jonathan Prime. © Columbia Pictures A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, from left: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Tom Hanks, 2016. ph: Siffedine Elamine/© Roadside Attractions INFERNO, from left: Tom Hanks, Sidse Babett Knudsen, 2016. ph: Jonathan Prime/© Columbia Pictures THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, l-r: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, 2014. ©IFC Films THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, left: Sidse Babbett Knudsen, 2014. ©IFC Midnight THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, Sidse Babbett Knudsen, 2014. ©IFC Midnight

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sons Eva (Character) - 2024
      80% No Score Yet Sons Eva (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Ordinary Case Unknown (Character) - 2024
      66% 71% Club Zero Ms Dorset (Character) $11.4K 2023
      40% 70% Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction Storhertuginden (Character) - 2023
      93% 29% Wildland Bodil (Character) - 2020
      93% 55% Limbo Helga (Character) - 2020
      42% No Score Yet The Exception Anne-Lise (Character) - 2019
      71% 48% The Translators Helene Tuxen (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Bimse Sophie (Character) - 2019
      92% 52% In Fabric Jill (Character) $25.0K 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eternal Road Sara (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 58% The Eternal Road (Ikitie) Unknown (Character) - 2017
      60% 57% 150 Milligrams Irène Frachon (Character) - 2016
      23% 36% Inferno Elizabeth Sinkskey (Character) $34.3M 2016
      70% 54% A Hologram for the King Hanne (Character) $4.2M 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 1864 The Battle For Europe Johanne Louise Heiberg (Character) - 2016
      91% 49% Courted Ditte Lorensen-Coteret (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 50% Speed Walking Lizzi (Character) - 2014
      94% 65% The Duke of Burgundy Cynthia (Character) $43.2K 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Almost Perfect Sandra (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 60% Therapy Puk (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Apple & the Worm Sylvia (Voice) - 2009
      No Score Yet 42% Above the Street, Below the Water Anne (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Take the trash Lotte (Character) - 2008
      20% 58% With Your Permission Bente (Character) - 2007
      87% 87% After the Wedding Helene (Character) $1.5M 2006
      No Score Yet 86% Villa Paranoia Olga Holmgard (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The fakir Louise (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 63% Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Katrine (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 71% The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear Kvinden (Voice) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chop Chop Rita (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 33% Miracle Mona Petersen (Character) - 2000
      74% 84% Mifune Bibbi (Character) $61.7K 1999
      No Score Yet 83% The One and Only Sus (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 70% Let's Get Lost Julie (Character) - 1998

      TV

      Credit
      95% 84% Borgen: Power & Glory Birgitte Nyborg (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Accident Harriet Paulsen (Character) 2019
      79% 75% Westworld Theresa Cullen (Character) 2016 2018
      72% 75% Electric Dreams Jill (Character) 2017
      100% 94% Borgen Birgitte Nyborg (Character) 2010-2011 2013