Sven Nordin

Sven Nordin (born 1957) is a Norwegian actor. Sven Nordin attended The National Academy of Theatre from 1979 to 1981. He made his debut as an actor at Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) the autumn of 1981 in Johan Borgen's The VikingsIn 1990 he became an employee of The National Theatre, where the plays he has performed in include Carmen, John Gabriel Borkman, Brand, Emperor and Galilean, Pillars of Society and Romeo and Juliet.

He is a very versatile actor who has also reached a broad audience, in the role of Elling's best friend Kjell Bjarne onstage and onscreen, in musicals such as Sugar, The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, in the solo shows Defending the Caveman and The Dad, and in TV series such as the sitcom Mot i brøstet* (Courage in the chest), the soap opera Western Wind and crime series Red Snow.


(Objekt ID 21224)
Object type Person
Born February 6, 1957
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Male
Adresse Kaldbakkveien 3 A, 0953 OSLO

Sven Nordin won The Hedda Award 2007 in the best leading actor category, as well as The Norwegian Critics' Award the same year for the role of Isak Sellanrå in Growth of the Soil by Hamsun/Hartmann/Tørresen at The National Theatre.

Elin Høyland said the following, among other things, in her speech on behalf of Norwegian Critics' Association:

"And one may wonder, what many of us now agree was possible- how to mould the complexity of Isak, a near mythological character, and Growth of the Soil as a historical, political, dystopian and at the same time romantic masterpiece.

And then I will give you one of the names that convinced us this was possible. Sven Nordin. Born February 6 1957 in Oslo, and one of Norway's best known actors across the theatre and TV stages in modern times.


And obviously not just in me, for Sven Nordin creates, in collaboration with director Hartmann and an ensemble surpassing itself, a performance essentially shaking us into Isak's silent knowledge of a value of life, perhaps about to get lost."

The complete speech can be read at the webpage of Norwegian Critics' Association.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"This year's very versatile winner accepts challenges in musicals and merry comedies as happily, and he has also taken part in movies and TV series. He gets the award for his participation in a production it is very hard to imagine developed without him at the centre. His wide emotional range and his highly personal temper made his interpretation of the role an excellent artistic achievement - and an unusual tour de force!

The best leading actor award goes to Sven Nordin for the interpretation of Isak Sellanrå in Sebastian Hartmann's and Hege Randi Tørressen's dramatisation of Knut Hamsun's Growth of the Soil at The National Theatre the spring of 2007."

Sven Nordin was named a knight of The Order of St. Olav in 2009, for his efforts for Norwegian performing arts.

Sven Nordin was nominated for The Hedda Award 2017 in the best leading actor category for the role of Ove in A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman, directed by Bjarni Thorsson for Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) in collaboration with The Norwegian Touring Theatre and Thorsson Productions.


The Hedda Award

Store Norske Leksikon,, 06.02.2012,

Norwegian Critics' Association,, 24.11.2010,

The Hedda Award,,

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.


The National Academy of Theatre (1979-1981).