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
After the Wedding
A Hologram for the King




93% 29% Wildland Bodil (Character) - 2020
92% 55% Limbo Helga (Character) - 2020
42% No Score Yet The Exception Anne-Lise (Character) - 2020
69% 50% The Translators Helene Tuxen (Character) - 2019
91% 50% In Fabric Jill (Character) $25.0K 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eternal Road Sara (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 55% The Eternal Road (Ikitie) Unknown (Character) - 2017
60% 40% 150 Milligrams Fred (Character) - 2016
23% 36% Inferno Elizabeth Sinkskey (Character) $34.3M 2016
70% 54% A Hologram for the King Hanne (Character) $4.2M 2016
91% 52% Courted Ditte Lorensen-Coteret (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 48% 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 36% Above the Street, Below the Water Anne (Character) - 2009
20% 56% With Your Permission Bente (Character) - 2007
88% 87% After the Wedding Helene (Character) $1.5M 2006
No Score Yet 86% Villa Paranoia Olga Holmgard (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 63% Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Katrine (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 70% The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear Kvinden (Voice) - 2002
No Score Yet 38% Miracle Mona Petersen (Character) - 2000
74% 84% Mifune Bibbi (Character) $61.7K 1999
No Score Yet 84% The One and Only Sus (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 70% Let's Get Lost Julie (Character) - 1998


81% 78% Westworld Theresa Cullen (Character) 2016 2018
72% 75% Electric Dreams Jill (Character) 2017
100% 99% Borgen Birgitte Nyborg (Character) 2010-2011 2013