Ulrich Thomsen

Ulrich Thomsen

Highest Rated: 92% Mostly Martha (2001)

Lowest Rated: 0% Killing Me Softly (2002)

Birthday: Dec 06, 1963

Birthplace: Odense, Denmark

Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen tackled complex lead and supporting roles to great critical acclaim in such films as "The Celebration"(1998), "The Inheritance" (2003) and "The Commune" (2016). Born December 6, 1963 in Odense, Denmark, he honed his craft at the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance, from which he graduated in 1993, and became a regular presence in Danish theater.  His feature film debut, in Ole Bornedal's thriller "Nightwatch" (1994), came shortly after graduation, with his first breakout role, as a bank robber who discovers that he has a teenaged daughter in Thomas Vinterberg's "The Biggest Heroes" (1996), arriving two years later. Thomsen rose to international acclaim in 1998 with Vinterberg's dark family drama "The Celebration," which served as the opening volley of the Dogme 95 cinema movement. The attention afforded to the film, and to his Best Actor nomination at the European Film Academy Awards, led to not only more acclaimed work in his native country - most notably the Oscar-winning Danish short "Election Night" (1998) - but also work outside its borders, beginning in 1999 with the James Bond thriller "The World is Not Enough." From there, he played a wide variety of character roles in English-language features: a 19th Norwegian immigrant accused of murder in Kathryn Bigelow's "The Weight of Water" (2002), a Nazi officer in "Max" (2002), German scientist Gerhard Zucker in "The Rocket Post" (2004), a reporter in Chen Kaige's English-language drama "Killing Me Softly" (2002) and a Templar in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005). But he also remained a top star in his native country earning a Bodil - Denmark's top acting award - for "Arven" ("The Inheritance"), a drama about a man forced to take over his family's failed business, and netted two more Bodil nominations for "Brodre" ("Brothers," 2004) for his performance as a security officer forced to commit atrocities while under capture in Afghanistan, and "Den du Frygter" ("Fear Me Not," 2008), playing a man who undergoes severe personality changes while taking an experimental medicine. The following years found him working more in English-language titles than European features, but the majority of these - Tom Twyker's "The International" (2009) and "Duplicity" (2009), both with Clive Owen, the period thrillers "Centurion" (2010) and "Season of the Witch" (2011), and the horror-science fiction hybrid "The Thing" (2011) - were largely unremarkable. He found more substantive work in European efforts like "The Notebook" (2013) for Hungarian director Janos Szasz, and netted back to back Bodil nominations for "Summer of '92" (2015) about the Danish soccer team's greatest season, and "The Commune" (2016), which reunited him with Vinterberg. During this period, he also enjoyed his widest exposure to American audiences as a former Amish-turned-crime-lord on the Cinemax series "Banshee" (2013-2016) and an international criminal with a secret on "The Blacklist" (NBC, 2013- ). In 2016, Thomsen made his directorial debut with the noirish thriller "In Embryo," shortly before reuniting with Bornedal for the comic crime film "Small Town Killers" (2017) and a supporting role on the science fiction series "Counterpart" (Starz, 2018- ).

Highest rated movies

Mostly Martha
The Celebration
The Silence
In a Better World
The Inheritance
The Commune
Fear Me Not




47% No Score Yet The Good Traitor Henrik Kaufmann (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Sausage Standoff Director,
Film Editor
- 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Darling Unknown (Character) - 2017
71% 59% The Commune Erik (Character) $38.3K 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Small Town Killers Edward (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Embryo Peter (Character),
- 2016
12% 30% Mortdecai Romanov (Character) $7.7M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Summer of '92 Richard Møller Nielsen (Character) - 2015
52% 55% A Second Chance Simon (Character) - 2014
67% 67% The Notebook Officer (Character) $66.2K 2013
No Score Yet 79% Aya Mr. Overby (Character) - 2012
34% 42% The Thing Dr. Sander Halvorson (Character) $16.9M 2011
11% 30% Season of the Witch Eckhart (Character) $24.8M 2011
88% 71% The Silence Peer Sommer (Character) $99.7K 2010
61% 43% Centurion Gorlacon (Character) $122.3K 2010
78% 86% In a Better World Claus (Character) $1M 2010
58% 37% The International Jonas Skarssen (Character) $25.5M 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tell Tale Doctor Lethe (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 50% Lulu and Jimi Harry Hass (Character) - 2009
71% 60% Fear Me Not Mikael (Character) - 2008
49% 25% The Broken Dr. Robert Zachman (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 51% Opium: Diary of a Madwoman Dr. Brenner (Character) - 2007
16% 57% Hitman Mikhail Belicoff (Character) $39.7M 2007
No Score Yet 47% The Substitute Jesper Osböll (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 52% Clash of Egos (Spraengfarlig bombe) Unknown (Character) - 2006
39% 72% Kingdom of Heaven Templar master (Character) $47.4M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Verdades Ocultas Unknown (Character) - 2005
70% 90% Adam's Apples Adam (Character) - 2005
63% 75% Allegro Zetterstrøm (Character) $7.3K 2005
No Score Yet 40% Sergeant Pepper Johnny Sínger (Character) - 2004
89% 86% Brothers Michael (Character) $385K 2004
75% 84% The Inheritance Christoffer (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 64% Blueprint Dr. Martin Fisher (Character) - 2003
69% 64% Max Captain Mayr (Character) $527K 2002
0% 41% Killing Me Softly Klaus (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 49% The Zookeeper Dragov (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 75% Mike Bassett: England Manager Dr. Hans Shoegaarten (Character) - 2001
92% 89% Mostly Martha Sam Thalberg (Character) $4.2M 2001
70% 90% Flickering Lights Peter (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 50% The Weight of Water John Hontvedt (Character) $102.6K 2000
No Score Yet 79% Election Night Peter (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Angel of the Night Alex (Character) - 1999
52% 49% The World Is Not Enough Chief of Security Sasha Davidov (Character) $126.9M 1999
91% 94% The Celebration Christian Klingenfeldt (Character) $1.6M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Credo Svane (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Biggest Heroes Peter (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portland Lasse (Character) - 1996
60% 80% Nightwatch Rod 1 (Character) - 1994


No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE CINEMAX: Banshee Kai Proctor (Character) 2020
No Score Yet 81% The New Pope Unknown (Character) 2020
100% 90% Counterpart Aldrich (Character) 2018-2019
90% 91% Banshee Kai Proctor (Character) 2013-2016
73% No Score Yet The Company Unknown (Character) 2007
86% 90% Alias Ulrich Kottor (Guest Star) 2005


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