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Michael Nyqvist
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Full Name
Michael Nyqvist
8 November 1960
Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
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Michael Nyqvist plays Mikael Blomkvist in the 2009 movie adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


His first big breakthrough came in 2000 with the film Together directed by Lukas Moodysson. The movie was set in the 1970's 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. Always high on the list of potential actors to portray Blomkvist, it was Nyqvist's 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 who had the right looks, charm and likeability.

He is set to star in Abduction directed by John Singleton and an adaptation of Henning Mankell's novel The Man from Beijing. 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.


Year Film Role
1982 Kamraterna The model
1987 Jim och piraterna Blom
1990 Pass
1996 Sånt är livet
1997 Tic Tac
1997-1998 Beck John Banck
1998 Nightwalk
1998 Waiting for the tenor The Director
1998 Personkrets 3:1 Karl-Erik
1999 Breaking out Diego
1999 En dag i taget Henrik
2000 10:10 Magnus
2000 Together Rolf
2001 Home Sweet Home Kent
2001 Making Babies
2002 The Guy in the Grave Next Door Benny
2003 Smala Sussie
2003 Detailjer Erik
2004 As It Is In Heaven Daniel Daréus
2004 Day and night Jacob
2004 ABBA: Our Last Video Ever
2005 Shadow world
2005 Next door Åke
2005 Mother of mine Hjalmar Jönsson
2005 Bang Bang Orangutang Sven Blomberg
2005 Kurt Wallander Lothar Kraftzcyk
2006 Search
2006 Suddenly Lasse
2007 The Black Pimpernel Swedish Ambassador Harald Eldestam
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 The Wedding Photographer
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
2010 The Chinese Man Staffan
2011 Abduction Viktor Kozlow
2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Kurt Hendricks/Cobalt