Thure Lindhardt Biography
Thure Lindhardt is a Danish actor born on 24 December 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is popular for his role as the Danish detective Henrik Sabroe in the Danish-Swedish TV police series ‘The Bridge’.
Thure Lindhardt first got a role of the mailman in Negerkys og labre larver (1987) at the age of 12. In the same year Lindhardt acted as a classmate in Bille August’s film Pelle the Conqueror (1987), which, in 1988, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
His breakthrough came with his portrayal of a boy with autism in A Place Nearby (2000), co-starring with Ghita Nørby. The film featured in the official selection at the 50th Berlin Film Festival. He has also acted in a variety of movies and series, including Into the Wild, Angels in Fast Motion aka Nordkraft, Brotherhood, Princess, Love in Thoughts, Sugar Rush, Rejseholdet, Byzantium and Flame & Citron.
In 2004, Lindhardt did an outstanding job in the role of Hans in the German movie Love in Thoughts which brought him to the public’s attention. In 2009, he played a role as the young Swiss Guard Lieutenant Chartrand in Angels & Demons, directed by Ron Howard. In 2012 he played a role in the European-Scandinavian TV series The Spiral, and in 2013 he appeared in the feature film Adieu Paris. In 2015 Lindhardt played the Danish detective Henrik Sabroe opposite Sofia Helin in season 3 of the internationally-acclaimed Danish-Swedish TV police series The Bridge.
Thure Lindhardt was nominated for a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor as well as an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead in 2012. In 2014 he received the Lauritzen Award.
Thure Lindhardt Age
- He was born on 24th December 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark (43 years as of 2017)
Thure Lindhardt Height
- He is 1.82m/ 5 ft 9 inches tall.
Thure Lindhardt Wife
- Thure does not have a wife ; he is gay.
Thure Lindhardt and Silas Holst / Thure Lindhardt Gay
Silas Holst and Thure Lindhardt broke apart in May 2010 after being friends for just under two years. Silas Holst opened up about the break up saying;
“I was far down and turned around. It was hard. It was a feeling that the whole carpet was lifted under me. The world I had built disappeared. And I should start again, said Silas Holst to BT.
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Thure Lindhardt Into The Wild
Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.
Thure Lindhardt Movies
- 1987: Pelle the Conqueror
- 2004: Love in Thoughts
- 2005: Nordkraft
- 2006: Into the Wild
- 2007: Daisy Diamond
- 2008: Flame & Citron
- 2009: Angels & Demons
- 2009: Brotherhood
- 2010: Truth About Men
- 2012: Keep the Lights On
- 2012: Byzantium
- 2013: Fast & Furious 6
- 2013: 3096 Tage
- 2016: Kill Command
- 2016: Despite the Falling Snow
- 2017: The Last Kingdom
Thure Lindhardt Interview
Interviewer: How did you end up in The Bridge?
Thure Lindhardt: I was asked if I wanted to read the script and come to a meeting in Stockholm with the director Henrik Georgsson and Sofia Helin – and it was magic. It’s an absolutely incredibly well written script. The characters are so well written. Normally when you read a script, especially for television, you often have so many questions: why don’t you do like this? Why isn’t it like that or my character would never do that! Here you would read it and just go of course, I understand. It plays very well, like well written music. So that was the main thing; the script which is a big part of the show’s success.
Interviewer: Henrik Sabroe is a gifted detective and a complex character who makes a big impact very quickly. Did this make it easier for you when you understood who he was?
Thure Lindhardt: I liked that he has a similar personality and abilities to Saga. This is rare in a TV series; you usually create very different characters, which they are, but you would also make sure that each is unique with their own signature. Suddenly Henrik comes in and I think it is very interesting as well. He’s got some dark sides. He’s got some human sides.
Interviewer: UK audiences are going to miss Martin a lot but a rapport and a respect is quite quickly established between Henrik and Saga.
Thure Lindhardt: Which, to me, is all due to how the series is written. It is so well written.
Interviewer: At what point was the decision made for Henrik to become such a dark character?
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Thure Lindhardt: We discussed it a lot and we had different discussions about it. One thing was clear – the character had to have a lot of darkness to him. Another thing was that Sofia is blonde and if you have another very blonde actor on-screen it would be like Pippi Longstocking! It would be like two blonde kids running around Sweden and Denmark. I also went to research my role with the police and investigation teams. I was watching them, talking to them and figuring things out because this character is special, however he’s still a very professional investigator. There was something about trying to fit Henrik into that world and yet be different. So I think that adding that little beard and the little darker touch gives him a little more normality. When you’re that blonde, as I am and all Scandinavians are, but not everybody is that blonde! I like those little changes because to me it becomes like a mask and it is easier for me to project this image. It liberates me. I love that and I always admire actors that make those changes.
Interviewer: Is it hard to act alongside such a strong character like Saga?
Thure Lindhardt: I think it’s wonderful and so challenging. When I met Sofia Helin for the first time we did some scenes together. She knows her character so well because she’s played Saga for so long now. It wasn’t like meeting an actor; it was like meeting a person and reacting to that person. That was very interesting and wonderful, like coming to meet a whole person. It made it much easier for me.
Interviewer: Did you know your character’s emotional journey for the entire season or were you waiting for individual scripts to learn what would happen to him?
Thure Lindhardt: I knew the bigger story-lines so I knew exactly which journey I had to emotionally commit to. Where he was coming from, what he has lost and what he wants. So that was pretty clear but I didn’t know the end. I did not know what would happen. There are things about my own character and his circumstances that I did not know until three months into the shoot.
Interviewer: Do you prefer working like that or do you prefer to know more from the beginning?
Thure Lindhardt: I knew the character and what he wanted. In way it’s like real-life because we know what we want but don’t know if we are going to get it or not. So that was interesting. It was also very challenging and frustrating at times because we want to know everything that we don’t. We shot the first four episodes back-to-back and then another four more episodes, finishing with the final two episodes. So in that way I could definitely make a clear journey but I couldn’t make a journey from episode one to ten at once. To me it was a very good way of working. Then we changed director which can also be very good. I mean, Henrik is a wonderful director but it’s still nice to have someone else come and look at you and the story with fresh new eyes.
Interviewer: Do we see these differences as a viewer?
Thure Lindhardt: I don’t know. I’m not sure I’ve only seen the first four episodes so I don’t know. It’s been the same for the other two seasons.
Interviewer: Is it normal practice for a new director to film subsequent episodes after the series has already begun?
Thure Lindhardt: It’s very normal. I did The Borgias (2011-2013) for Showtime. That was ten episodes and that had four different directors. Every director made two episodes. With The Borgias, Neil Jordan was show-runner but his episodes were much darker than the others because he is Neil Jordan! I think if you don’t know it as a normal viewer I don’t think you notice unless you are a film or television buff!
Interviewer: With Kim Bodnia leaving this gave The Bridge a new detective dynamic and has taken the show in a different direction.
Thure Lindhardt: I am a fan of Kim Bodnia’s work but he’s doing something else that is really good. He’s in good hands!
Interviewer: Does your character survive for another season?
Thure Lindhardt: We shall see.