Per Christian Ellefsen

Per Christian Ellefsen (born February 14 1954) is a Norwegian actor. He has been employed at Sogn og Fjordane Theatre and at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) among others. From 1997 he has worked for The National Theatre.

Among the productions he has performed, many have been comedies; The Oslo revue Pink Pønk Persianer, Ionesco's Rhinoceros, Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.


(Objekt ID 17402)
Object type Person
Born February 14, 1954
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Male

Per Christian Ellefsen also is known for his fairytale characters, like Jonathan in When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town and the title character in Karlsson-on-the-Roof. He made his mark as a musical performer in the company theatre production of Godspell (ABC 1983).

Among his more sombre assignments are Smerdiakov in The Brothers Karamazov and the title role of The Idiot, both by Dostoyevsky. Henning Mankell wrote An Old Man Dancing (2003) especially for him.

He got The Amanda Award for the title role of Oscar-nominated motion picture Elling (2001), followed by Mother's Elling (2003). In 2001 he won the Norwegian TV award Gullruten as best TV actor for the role of Trosten in Soria Moria (2000).

A complete list of Per Christian Ellefsen's roles at The National Theatre can be found at the webpage of The National Theatre (Norwegian only).

Per Christian Ellefsen was nominated for The Hedda Award 1999 in particularly excellent performance category for the role of Elling in Elling & Kjell Bjarne, produced by Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) in 1999.


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