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Nicolas Winding Refn Biography

Birth Place:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Director, screenwriter, actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Emigrated to New York with his mother and stepfather in 1978 but returned to Denmark as a teen; didn't make his first English-language film until 2003's Fear X
  • Made his directing debut in Denmark with Pusher (1996), the first film in a drug-dealer trilogy (the others were released in 2004 and 2005)
  • Wife Liv Corfixen appears in his films Bleeder (1999) and Fear X
  • The 2006 Danish documentary Gambler follows Winding Refn and Corfixen during the filming of Pusher II and III
  • Won directing awards for Drive, a 2011 action-adventure film about a stunt driver, but doesn't have a driver's license


  • 2017Robert Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2017Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 2017Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 2014Robert Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2012Robert Awards-American Film of the Year: winner
  • 2012Bodil Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2012Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2012David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2012César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2011Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011Cannes Film Festival-Best Director: winner
  • 2005Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 2005Robert Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated
  • 2005Robert Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2000Bodil Awards-Best Danish Film: nominated