Lena Olin

Lena Olin

Mar. 22nd, 1955
Born in
Stockholm, Stockholms lan, Sweden
5' 11"

Lena Olin's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Alias TV Show
Welcome To Sweden TV Show
Welcome To Sweden

Main Movie Roles

2010 - Remember Me
2008 - The Reader
2008 - The Reader
2007 - Awake
2005 - Casanova
2003 - Ignition
2003 - Hollywood Homicide
2002 - Queen of the Damned
2002 - Darkness
2000 - Chocolat
1999 - Mystery Men
1999 - The Ninth Gate
1998 - Polish Wedding
1998 - Hamilton
1997 - Night Falls on Manhattan
1995 - Lumière et compagnie
1993 - Mr. Jones
1988 - The Unbearable Lightness of Being
1976 - Ansikte mot ansikte

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Mrs. Fineman
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Swedish-born Lena Olin already had a successful career as an actress before she came to Hollywood. She acted at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and was directed by 'Ingmar Bergman'. Her father. 'Stig Olin', was also an actor and played in six of Bergman's films. Lena also belongs to the Bergman "family." As a young actress, she played in the great classics of 'William Shakespeare', 'Henrik Ibsen' and 'August Strindberg'. She made her international debut as a movie actress in Efter Repetitionen (1984) (TV) (aka "After the Rehearsal"), directed by Bergman. In western Europe she became well known in the political movie The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) as Sabina, in a story about the Prague spring (1968).

After coming to the US, she played mostly distinguished, exotic temptresses, intelligent women and crude vamps. Bergman had developed Lena's artistic gift to play different human emotions and express them in a subtle way. 'Sydney Pollack', director of Out of Africa (1985), rewrote the screenplay for Havana (1990) especially for her. This explains why this film recalls associations with the classic _Casablanca (1942), starring 'Ingrid Bergman', also from Sweden. Olin received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in _Enemies: A Love Story (1989). She went on to have a choice role in _Chocolat (2000), which received a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. She made a move to the smaller screen and played the role for one season as the deliciously evil Irina Derevko, the mother to Jennifer Garner's "Sydney Bristow" in the series Alias (2001). Olin received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

  • Considered for the role of Maria Ruskin in _The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)_ (qv).
  • Lena has said in a Swedish interview that contact with others got her to act, even very early as a child, describing it as "an uncontrolled need of contact" and to "invent things": She remembers when she was seven and in love with a boy and staged an argument with him and then acted out a faked concussion. She got carried home as he apparently believed her: It ended with him coming home to her with apples and Andy Pandy books.
  • Stated in a May 2005 interview with "TV Guide" that, along with her appearances in the final two episodes of Season 4 of _"Alias" (2001)_ (qv), she is open to appearing in Season 5 as well.
  • Moved permanently to the US in 1995 together with husband 'Lasse Hallström' (qv) (as both their international careers developed separately) and the couple have since then been resident in Bedford, New York. However, they still have their summer house in Sweden (located in the Swedish province of Skåne) where the family spend their summer holidays as well as an apartment in Stockholm.
  • Considered for the role of Catwoman in _Batman Returns (1992)_ (qv).
  • Daughter of actor 'Stig Olin' (qv) and actress 'Britta Holmberg' (qv).
  • Has a son 'F. Auguste Rahmberg' (qv) (b. 1986) with former boyfriend 'Örjan Ramberg' (qv). Has a daughter 'Tora Hallstrom' (qv) (b. 1995) with husband 'Lasse Hallström' (qv).
  • For the role of Masha in _Enemies: A Love Story (1989)_ (qv), she received the New York Film Critics Award for Best Actress as well as an Academy Award nomination.

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