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Lena Olin

Highest Rated:   100% Fanny & Alexander (1982)
Lowest Rated:   4% Darkness (2004)
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Birthplace:   Stockholm, Sweden
Lena Olin is an internationally respected actress noted for the smouldering sensuality and free-spiritedness she brings to her roles. The daughter of Swedish actor Stig Olin, who starred in several early Ingmar Bergman films, she made her film debut in Kärleken (1980) while still in drama school. Like her father, Olin worked with Bergman and appeared in three of his films, including After the Rehearsal (1984), in a role Bergman created especially for her. Olin's first English-language role as the sexy mistress of a prominent Czech surgeon in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) is also her best known, though in 1989, she earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for portraying the survivor of a Nazi death camp in Paul Mazursky's Enemies: A Love Story. In 1994, she played one of her more offbeat parts, a lady mobster who takes on would-be assassin Gary Oldman in Romeo Is Bleeding. Back in Sweden, Olin is a prominent member of the Royal Dramatic Theater, where she is known for appearing in a wide variety of productions ranging from Shakespeare to Strindberg and temporary works.As Olin's popularity grew throughout the 1990s, audiences worldwide would bear witness to her talents through a series of remarkably diverse roles. From the straight drama of Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) to the wildly irreverent antics of Mystery Men (1999), audiences could never be quite sure what to expect next from her, and that was just the way she liked it. Even if every film Olin was in wasn't necessarily box-office gold, they were usually compelling. Following the lukewarmly received Roman Polanski thriller The Ninth Gate, Olin earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress as a result of her small role in her husband Lasse Hallström's arthouse hit Chocolat (2000). A high-profile part in the eagerly anticipated Queen of the Damned followed in 2002, and Olin's next big role would find her the mother of a haunted family in Jaume Balagueró's stylish chiller Darkness. Though most of her work leading up to the new millennium had been feature-oriented, she took to the small screen that same year for a season of the popular sci-fi action series Alias, playing lead character Sydney Bristow's (Jennifer Garner) enigmatic, long-presumed-dead mother. Endearing herself to Alias fans with her enthralling blend of toughness and sensuality, Olin was even nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the show. Returning to the big screen for roles in The United States of Leland (2002) and Hollywood Homicide (2003), Olin next geared up for the humorous crime drama The Swedish Job in 2004. Olin would spend the next several years appearing a number of acclaimed films like The Reader, Remember Me, and Devil You Know.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
58% Maya Dardel
  • Maya
2017
44% Night Train To Lisbon
  • Estefânia
2013
No Score Yet The Devil You Know
  • Kathryn Vale
2013
No Score Yet Hypnotisören (The Hypnotist)
  • Simone Bark
2012
27% Remember Me
  • Diane Hirsch
$18.3M 2010
62% The Reader
  • Rose Mather / Ilana Mather
$34.2M 2008
23% Awake
  • Lilith Beresford
$14.3M 2007
44% Casanova
  • Andrea
$11.2M 2005
No Score Yet Bang Bang Orangutang
  • Actor
2005
4% Darkness
  • Maria
$22.1M 2004
34% The United States of Leland
  • Marybeth Fitzgerald
$0.3M 2004
30% Hollywood Homicide
  • Ruby
$30.1M 2003
17% Queen of the Damned
  • Maharet
$31.1M 2002
No Score Yet Ignition (Kingdom Come)
  • Faith Mattis
2001
63% Chocolat
  • Josphine Muscat
2000
42% The Ninth Gate
  • Liana Telfer
1999
60% Mystery Men
  • Dr. Annabel Leek
1999
42% Polish Wedding
  • Jadzia Pzoniak
1998
No Score Yet Commander Hamilton
  • Actor
1998
68% Night Falls on Manhattan
  • Peggy Lindstrom
1997
No Score Yet The Night and the Moment
  • The Marquise
1995
46% Mr. Jones
  • Dr. Elizabeth 'Libbie' Bowen
1993
22% Romeo Is Bleeding
  • Mona Demarkov
1993
24% Havana
  • Bobby Duran
1990
91% Enemies, a Love Story
  • Masha
1989
95% The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Sabina
1988
No Score Yet Wallenberg: A Hero's Story
  • Actor
1985
92% Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)
  • Anna Egerman
1984
100% Fanny & Alexander
  • Rosa
1982
No Score Yet The Adventures of Picasso
  • Dolores
1978
82% Face to Face (Ansikte mot Ansikte)
  • Shop assistant
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
82% Welcome to Sweden
2014-2015
  • Viveka
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Ingrid Block
  • 2010
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Irina Derevko/Laura Bristow Irina Derevko Irina
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2002

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