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Björk Biography

Birth Name:
Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Birth Place:
Reykjavik, Iceland
Singer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Released her eponymous debut album at the age of 11; her mother provided the artwork
  • Studied piano, flute and voice at the Barnamusikskoli Reykjavikur in Reykjavik for 10 years
  • First found success with her band the Sugarcubes in the late 1980s
  • Made her acting debut in the 1990 film The Juniper Tree
  • Won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress award for her performance in the 2000 musical Dancer in the Dark; she also contributed music
  • Received France's National Order of Merit in 2001
  • Performed her song "Oceania" at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece


  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2001Bodil Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2001Robert Awards-Best Actress in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2000Cannes Film Festival-Best Actress: winner
  • 2000Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 2000European Film Awards-European Actress: winner


  • Isadora -- Daughter
  • Thor Eldon -- Ex-husband
  • Gudmundur Gunnarsson -- Father
  • Arnar Gudmundsson -- Half Brother
  • Inga Hronn -- Half Sister
  • Hildur Runa Hauksdottir -- Mother
  • Sindri Eldon Porsson -- Son
  • Saevarn Arnasson -- Stepfather