Kristofer Hivju Biography
Kristofer Hivju is a Norwegian actor, producer and writer born on 7th December 1978 in Oslo, Norway. He is best known for his role as Tormund Giantsbane in the HBO fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’. Kristofer´s character was seen for the first time in season 3 and has since then been a beloved series regular up until the shows now sixth season.
Kristofer made his American Film debut in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s 2011 prequel of John Carpenter’s The Thing (2011). Next he was seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth (2013) but he is most recognizable as fan favorite Tormund Giantsbane on HBO’s Game of Thrones (2011).
Kristofer is currently showing his love and affection for large and noisy car engines as a supporting role in the new ‘Fast and the Furious 8’, which is released in 2017. As a young actor he mostly performed on stage on Trondelag Theatre. Here he mainly played leading roles in various plays such as ‘Kristin Lavrandsdatter’, ‘Pepsi Love’ and ‘King Lear’.
Kristofer Hivju signed with Panorama Agency in 2011 and immediately landed his first international role in Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.´s 2011 remake of John Carpenters ‘The Thing’, where he played the supporting role Jonas. Next he was seen in M. Night Shyamalan´s ‘After Earth’.
Locally Kristofer also landed significant roles both on the small and the large screen. He is seen in the feature film ‘In Order of Disappearance’, where he plays opposite Stellan Skarsgaard.
He is starring in two episodes of the highly successful TV series ‘Beck’, where he is introduced as the new partner Steiner. These two episodes are the most successful of all 41 episodes of ‘Beck’.
He is also seen in a significant supporting role in the feature ‘Force Majeure’ for which he won the Guldbaggen Award in 2015. The film itself won six Guldbaggen Awards the same year and was also nominated for a Golden Globe. Furthermore, Kristofer plays the lead in ‘The Last King’, a story of a Norwegian illegitimate son of a king. The feature film was the most seen film in 2016 in Norway and has now made an international breakthrough.
Kristofer Hivju Age
Kristofer was born on 7th December 1978 in Oslo, Norway (39 years as of 2017)
Kristofer Hivju Height
Kristofer stands at a height of 6 feet (1.83 m)
Kristofer Hivju Family
Kristofer is the son of actors Lieselotte Holmene and Erik Hivju, a prominent character actor who appeared with his son in the short film Flax, where Kristofer shared screenwriting credit with director Bård Ivar Engelsås.
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Kristofer Hivju Wife
Hivju is married to his longtime girlfriend Gry Molvær Hivju since 2015. They have two adorable daughters.
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Kristofer Hivju Game Of Thrones
George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series `A Song of Ice and Fire’ is brought to the screen as HBO sinks its considerable storytelling teeth into the medieval fantasy epic. It’s the depiction of two powerful families – kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men – playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne. Martin is credited as a co-executive producer and one of the writers for the series, which was filmed in Northern Ireland and Malta.
First episode date: 17 April 2011
Theme song: Game of Thrones Theme
Writers: George R. R. Martin, David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Vanessa Taylor, Jane Espenson, Dave Hill
Genres: Fantasy, Serial
Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 10 April 17, 2011 June 19, 2011
2 10 April 1, 2012 June 3, 2012
3 10 March 31, 2013 June 9, 2013
4 10 April 6, 2014 June 15, 2014
5 10 April 12, 2015 June 14, 2015
6 10 April 24, 2016 June 26, 2016
7 7 July 16, 2017 August 27, 2017
8 6 2019 2019
Kristofer Hivju After Earth
After Earth is an Action/Adventure film directed by M. Night Shyamalan released in 2013. People were forced to leave Earth a millennium ago to establish a new home on Nova Prime. Now, Gen. Cypher Raige (Will Smith) heads Nova Prime’s most-prominent family. Cypher’s teenage son, Kitai (Jaden Smith), feels enormous pressure to follow in his father’s legendary footsteps — which strains their relationship. Cypher and Kitai set out on a trip to mend their bond, but when their craft crashes on Earth’s hostile surface, each must trust the other greatly — or perish.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Box office: 243.8 million USD
Story by: Will Smith
Screenplay: M. Night Shyamalan, Gary Whitta
Producers: Will Smith, M. Night Shyamalan, Jada Pinkett Smith, Caleeb Pinkett, James Lassiter
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Directors: Mårten Klingberg, Harald Hamrell, Kjell Sundvall
Idea: Josefin Johansson
Screenplay: Josefin Johansson
Peter Haber as Martin Beck
Kristofer Hivju as teinar Hovland
Ingvar Hirdwall as Grannen
Måns Nathanaelson as Oskar Bergman
Anna Asp as Jenny Bodén
Elmira Arikan as Ayda Çetin
Jonas Karlsson as Klas Fredén
Åsa Karlin as Bergström
Anu Sinisalo as Gunilla Urst
Sofia Zouagui as Petra
Henrik Norlén as Hans Wikstrand
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Kristofer Hivju Movies
|2008||Rovdyr||Man 2 / Man in Café||Patrik Syversen|
|2011||The Thing||Jonas||Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr.|
|2013||After Earth||Security Chief||M. Night Shyamalan|
|2014||In Order of Disappearance||Stig Erik “Strike” Smith||Hans Petter Moland|
|Force Majeure||Mats||Ruben Östlund|
|Operation Arctic||Fangstmann||Grethe Bøe-Waal|
|The World Is Waiting||TBA||Mariken Halle|
|2015||The Wendy Effect||Percy||Ole Endresen|
|2016||The Last King||Torstein Skevla||Nils Gaup|
|2017||The Fate of the Furious||Connor Rhodes||F. Gary Gray|
Kristofer Hivju Tv Shows
|2001||Fox Grønland||Jim Olsen||Pål O. Nissen & Lars Berg||2 episodes|
|2007||Six Like Us||Bar Customer||Per-Olav Sørensen||1 episode|
|Largest of All||Ben||Erik Skjoldbjærg & Eva Isaksen||6 episodes|
|2013||The Games||Expert Commentator||Charlotte Blom||1 episode|
|2013–present||Game of Thrones||Tormund Giantsbane||Daniel Minahan
|2014||Lilyhammer||Tormod||Simen Alsvik||1 episode|
|2016||Beck – Steinar||Steinar Hovland||Mårten Klingberg & Jörgen Bergmark||3 episodes|
|2017||The Lion Guard||Kenge (voice)||Howy Parkins & Kelly Ward||1 episode|
Kristofer Hivju Interview
Interviewer: It’s not often that I get to talk to someone who I don’t know is actually alive or dead. How’s Tormund doing?
Kristofer Hivju: Well, isn’t that the mystery? I don’t know! [Laughs.] Last time I saw him, I was inside a Wall, hundreds of meters of ice that was falling apart!
Interviewer: At the season-four premiere a few years ago, HBO had a virtual-reality experience where you went to the top of the Wall. I remember thinking, “That’s a long way to fall.”
Kristofer Hivju: It is, and I did have that experience. It was cool to have done that thing when we shot it, because I had that feeling of being on the Wall. It was like that when we shot it.
Interviewer: It’s quite a compliment, in a way, that Tormund is the character who bears witness to this enormous event.
Kristofer Hivju: He saw the dawn of the dead at Hardhome, so he’s been in the middle of them before, and he lost almost all his people to them. I think it was a terrifying experience for him.
Interviewer: But even though he knows better than anyone what humanity is facing, he hasn’t lost his lust for life.
Kristofer Hivju: No. It’s like Beric says, “Death is always the enemy, but you still have to fight it.” There’s another saying: “The show must go on.” That counts for life as well! We all have to die, but we still have to live the best lives possible. I think Tormund has a very healthy brain! [Laughs.] He is an optimist, after all, and that’s something that I love about him as well. Even in the darkest hour, he can find something positive to brag about!
Interviewer: If for no other reason, I hope he survived the fall so he can get back together with Brienne.
Kristofer Hivju: Yeah! Tormund is with you on that one!
Interviewer: Their relationship — if you can call it that — isn’t in the books, so it came as such an unexpected bit of humor amid the chaos.
Kristofer Hivju: It’s like you say: In all this horror and the threat they are facing, and as it gets more and more tense, when there’s a hint of love, it gives everybody a bit of life! [Laughs.] What’s more important in the end than love, right?
Interviewer: One of the big themes of the show is putting aside differences to fight the common threat. As the wildling who made peace with the Night’s Watch, Tormund lives the values that Jon and Davos are preaching.
Kristofer Hivju: Yeah, exactly. It’s something my mother said to me today, actually: “Forgiveness is the most difficult way to go forward, but it’s still the only way.” You have to turn the page and let bygones be bygones. It’s nice to play a character who has that ability, because there’s so much revenge and the wish to kill each other in this show. It’s nice to have a character that’s able to turn the page and get the overall view. And it’s a skill of necessity, because you have to adapt or else you’re lost.
Interviewer: Your mom makes a great point. Revenge is a major plot driver for a huge number of story lines, but it’s not on Tormund’s mind at all.
Kristofer Hivju: No. His mentor and father figure was Mance Rayder, who gathered all the Free Folk for the reason of taking down the Night’s Watch and secure his people — but by war. That didn’t work, and I think, hopefully, that Tormund has learned from his mentor’s mistakes. I’m reflecting on the line [about Mance] that really surprised me when I came to it, in episode six, when Tormund says to Jon, “How many died for his pride because he didn’t kneel?” That’s a perspective I didn’t see coming from him.
Interviewer: Did it fit with what you know about Tormund as a person?
Kristofer Hivju: Definitely, because it comes after he’s started to cooperate with Jon. They’re like a team now. They could have been that from the very beginning, instead of later. It just shows that he’s flexible, and he doesn’t want to kill anybody anymore. He just wants to survive and make a good place for his people. But now, who knows? He’s in the air.
Interviewer: Yeah, literally, considering how far he’d have to fall. What was that collapse like to shoot? It was so effects-heavy that I’m curious what it’s like to be an actor in that circumstance.
Kristofer Hivju: Well, they built a fantastic set of the top of the Wall. We had real crows, real birds. And it was pretty cold in that studio. But you know, because I’d seen the army of the dead, I know what it is to imagine it. Of course, when you have a giant zombie dragon coming at you with the Night King upon it, it’s not as easy! But it I have so many pictures in my head due to watching the show that it’s still easy to imagine.
Interviewer: There haven’t been dragons in Westeros in hundreds of years. There’s never been a zombie dragon. How does a guy like Tormund, who has a pretty down-to-earth sensibility, incorporate all these incredible things into his view of the world?
Kristofer Hivju: I don’t know — he didn’t have much time to contemplate on that. He saw the thing start to take down the Wall, and I think his desperation and hopelessness is the only thing he can think of. It’s definitely an “all is lost” moment.
Interviewer: The cast hasn’t seen the scripts for the next season yet. Assuming you survive, what would you like to see next?
Kristofer Hivju: I want to see more love, man! [Laughs.]