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Michael Nyqvist Biography

Birth Name:
Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist
Birth Place:
Stockholm, Sweden

Fast Facts

  • Adopted from a Swedish orphanage as a baby, but at age 30 met his birth parents and developed a relationship with his father, an Italian pharmacist, and his family
  • Wanted to be a hockey player when he was growing up, but his plans were derailed when he was injured by a puck to the face
  • As a teen, spent a year as an exchange student in Omaha, NE; studied ballet after returning to Sweden before pursuing a career in acting
  • Earned acclaim playing Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish adaptations of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy, including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009); coincidentally, the 2011 remake of Tattoo features Nyqvist's daughter Ellen in a restaurant scene with Daniel Craig, who plays Blomkvist
  • Is the author of a 2010 memoir, Just After Dreaming (Swedish title: När barnet lagt sig)
  • Was a member of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm


  • 2017Guldbagge Award-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2016Deutscher Filmpreis-Best Supporting Actor: nominated