Kim Bodnia (born 12 April 1965) is a Dane (Danish: danskere). An actor and an occasional writer and director, he is known internationally for his role as the police detective, Martin Rohde, in the crime drama television series, The Bridge.
He played "Frank" in Pusher and "Jakov" in episode 4 of Those Who Kill. He is also known for playing the lead role in Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher.
Bodnia was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Espergærde. Coming from a Jewish family – originally from Poland and Russia – when asked in 2011 about his religious beliefs, he said, "None, other than that I believe in nature".
Bodnia admitted that as a child he was not a particularly good student, describing himself as a "clown", and reluctant to study. His main interest was in athletics, particularly the 100 metres and the long jump, in which he was the Zealand youth champion for several years. Bodnia aspired to become a goalkeeper, but a foot injury prevented him from pursuing a career in professional football.
As a student at Espergærde Ungdomsskole Bodnia joined the theatre group, performing mainly in comic roles. When he was 16 his mother suggested he apply for a place at National Theatre School in Copenhagen. His first application failed, but he gained entry on his second attempt a year later in 1987.
In his film debut En Afgrund af frihed (An Abyss of Freedom) (1989) he played a small supporting role as a bouncer. One of his first roles after graduation in 1991 was as Patrick Bateman in a stage version of American Psycho, and he was subsequently often typecast as violent, brutal characters. Bodnia's first leading role in a film was in Bulldozer (1993), directed by Maria Sødahl. His breakout role came a year later in Ole Bornedal's horror film Nightwatch (1994).
Despite this success it was two years before his next film, Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher (1996), and then Winding Refn's Bleeder (1999). He has since appeared in Terribly Happy (2008), and in three Lasse Spang Olsen films: In China They Eat Dogs (1999) and its sequel Old Men in New Cars (2002), and in Den Gode Strømer (2004), which he co-wrote with the director. Bodnia has also appeared in several Norwegian films, including Himmelfall (2002), Monstertorsdag (2004), and Tomme Tønner (2010). He appeared in the 2011 Indian English comedy film Delhi Belly playing a Russian smuggler. In 2014 he appeared as the eponymous interrogator Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart.
Bodnia has appeared regularly on television, making his first appearance in the historical mini-series Snapphanar in 2006. He appeared in three episodes of the first season of the crime series The Killing (2007) (Danish: Forbrydelsen), and in two episodes of the comedy drama Hvor fanden er Herning? ("Where the hell is Herning?") (2009), before returning to crime series, appearing in episodes of the Swedish Kommissarie Winter (2010), Den som dræber ("Those Who Kill") (2011), and the German/Swedish Der Kommissar und das Meer ("The Inspector and the Sea") (2012).
Bodnia played the Danish detective Martin Rohde in the first two series of the Nordic noir crime television programme The Bridge (Broen|Bron) (2011–present). Created and written by Hans Rosenfeldt, it is a joint creative and financed production between Sweden's Sveriges Television and Denmark's DR. It has been shown in over 100 countries. Although Bodnia signed for the third series, he dropped out, reportedly unhappy with the development of his character. He also voiced concerns about working in Malmö due to the city's problems with antisemitism in an interview, which had made his decision to leave the series easier.
In 2001 he co-wrote and directed the short film Escape - Flugten fra ensomheden ("Escape - Flight from loneliness"). In early 2014 he directed readings of The Tailor's Tale, a play based on his family's experience of life in Copenhagen under Nazi occupation, written by his cousin Alexander Bodin Saphir, and performed at the Scandinavia House–The Nordic Center in America in New York.
Bodnia has been married twice, first to actress Lotte Andersen, with whom he has a son, and currently to actress Rikke Louise Andersson, with whom he has three children, two sons and a daughter.
|1989||En Afgrund Af Frihed||Bouncer|
|1997||Den Sidste Viking||Sigbard|
|In China They Eat Dogs||Harald|
|2002||Old Men In New Cars: In China They Eat Dogs II||Harald|
|2004||Den Gode Strømer||Jens||Also co-writer|
|2006||The Journals of Knud Rasmussen||Peter Freuchen|
|Frygtelig Lykkelig||Jørgen Buhl|
|2009||Vølvens Forbandelse||Harald Blåtand|
|2010||Caroline: Den Sidste Resje||Johan|
|Min Bedste Fjende||Dansklærer|
|Sandheden Om Mænd||Johnny|
|2011||The Bridge (Broen|Bron)||Martin Rohde||Series 1 & Series 2|
|Tomme Tønner 2 - Det Brune Gullet||Dansken|
|Delhi Belly||Vladimir Dragunsky|
|2012||Caroline: Den sidste rejse||Johan|
|Love Is All You Need||Leif|
|Mamma er en superhelt||Axel||Short film|
|Rendezvous in Kiruna||John - le biker|
|2013||All for Two||William Lynge|
|Skytten||Rasmus Holm Jensen|
|The Stranger Within||Masked Kidnapper|
|A Very Unsettled Summer||Alex|
|The Veil of Twilight||Bergtor|