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Kim Bodnia

Kim Bodnia

Danish actor
Kim Bodnia
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Intro Danish actor
Is Actor Stage actor Screenwriter
From Denmark
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 12 April 1965, Copenhagen
Age 56 years
Kim Bodnia
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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.

Early life

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.

As director

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.

Personal life

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.


Year Film Role Notes
1989 En Afgrund Af Frihed Bouncer
1993 Bulldozer Samson
1994 Nattevagten Jens
1996 Pusher Frank
1997 Den Sidste Viking Sigbard
1999 Bleeder Leo
In China They Eat Dogs Harald
2001 Øyenstikker Eddie
2002 Old Men In New Cars: In China They Eat Dogs II Harald
Himmelfall Johannes
2004 Den Gode Strømer Jens Also co-writer
Monstertorsdag Skip
Inkasso Claus
2005 Opbrud Philip
2006 The Journals of Knud Rasmussen Peter Freuchen
2007 Ekko Simon
2008 Nefarious Elkiar
Frygtelig Lykkelig Jørgen Buhl
Kandidaten Claes Kiehlert
2009 Vølvens Forbandelse Harald Blåtand
Julefrokosten Buller
2010 Caroline: Den Sidste Resje Johan
Tomme Tønner Dansken
Min Bedste Fjende Dansklærer
Hævnen Lars
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
Settai Vladimir Dragunsky
Krigarnas ö Martin
2014 Serena Unknown
The Veil of Twilight Bergtor
Rosewater Rosewater
2015 August August
2015 Far The Father

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