Jan Sælid (born May 16 1970) is a Norwegian actor. Sælid has been employed by The National Theatre from 1996, after graduating from The National Academy of Theatre. He stayed at The National Theatre until 2002, after which he has worked as a freelancer in theatre, film and TV.
Jan Sælid received The Hedda Award 2017 in the best leading actor category for the role of King Bérenger in Exit the King, by Eugène Ionesco. The production was directed by Stein Winge, and staged by The National Theatre.
Sælid received The Hedda Award 2019 in the best leading actor category for Shark Drunk, directed by Ole Anders Tandberg for The Norwegian Touring Theatre in collaboration with The National Theatre.
He was nominated for The Hedda Award 2021/2022 in the best supporting actor category for the role of Ken in The Look, by Susie Wang and Trine Falch, The National Theatre.
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"When everything works, a good actor may give the impression that the role was created for just him. Still, we know that such a successful interpretation is the result of meticulous concentration in and creation of the character within the frame provided by the director. And - not least - in collaboration with the rest of the ensemble. The role for which the award is given carries the performance - also because he finds the strength for his character in his fellow actors' reactions. Thus, his study of powerful people's decline becomes many-sided and intense, in the intersection between tragedy and absurd comedy."
The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Sælid in 2019:
"When one stands the most alone and lacks power the most, only the biggest issues remain. In this state, depending on the role, we find an actor who manages to transform from play to play, and who, in this particular instance, combines unpolished daredevilry with poetic beauty and daring humour. He is a master of detail, and he uses his full register and a director's finely painted vision to penetrate the role's complex being. From a fully personal perspective he conveys the mysterious wisdom that anchors the play's grandiose, yet sombre undertone, in stoic naturalness, untameable even by dearly bought historical experience. This way, he creates a tight and literally fabulous net of animal brutality and human folly, alone onstage in an unforgettable double role."
At The National Theatre, Jan Sælid's assignments include roles in On the Sunny Side and Journey to the Christmas Star to Worthless Men and King Lear, Borkman and Exit the King. Sælid has visited other theatres in guest roles, including The Arctic Theatre (formerly Hålogaland Theatre), Rogaland Theatre and Trøndelag Theatre (Jeppe of the Hill). As a director, Sælid has been responsible for Ingenting er ingenting* (Nothing is nothing) (The National Theatre 2015), among other things. He is also known for TV series such as Etaten (literally: The Bureau) and NAV (which is the official acronym for the Norwegian social services).
The Hedda Award, heddaprisen.no, 19.06.2017, https://www.heddaprisen.no/vinnere/2017
The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, https://www.heddaprisen.no/nominerte/2017
The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, 16.10.19, https://www.heddaprisen.no/vinnere/2019
Sceneweb on The Hedda Award, www.sceneweb.no, 16.10.19, https://sceneweb.no/en/awarding/93019/The_Hedda_Award_2019-2019
The Hedda Award, heddaprisen.no, 28.06.2022,
*Not yet translated into the English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.
Three-year study in acting, The National Academy of Theatre.