Lena Olin

  • Birth Name: Lena Maria Jonna Olin
  • Birth Place: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Worked as a hospital orderly and a substitute teacher before becoming an actor.
  • Flunked her first drama-school audition at Stockholm's prestigious Royal Dramatic Theatre.
  • Was mentored by Swedish director (and family friend) Ingmar Bergman, who hired her as an extra in 1976's Face to Face and as a maid in 1982's Fanny and Alexander.
  • Largely unknown to U.S. audiences until her acclaimed performances in 1988's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and, a year later, Enemies, A Love Story.
  • Has collaborated on two films with director-husband Lasse Hallström: Chocolat (2000) and Casanova (2005).


  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • August Ramberg — Son
  • Tora Maria Elin Hallström — Daughter
  • Johan Hallström — Stepson
  • Örjan Ramberg — Ex-significant Other
  • Lasse Hallstrom — Husband
  • Mats Olin — Brother
  • Britte Holmberg — Mother
  • Stig Olin — Father


  • Attended Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden

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