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Mariann Hole

Mariann Hole (born 1981) is a Norwegian actress.

Hole made her debut at The Norwegian Touring Theatre as Ophelia in Yngve Sundvor's direction of Hamlet in 2007, and then played in Jon Fosse's The Child, in collaboration betweenThe Norwegian Touring Theatre and Rogaland Theatre, directed by Fridtjov Såheim.

She came to The National Theatre in 2008, interpreting, among other roles, Alyosha in The Brothers Karamazov with Oleg Kulikov as the director, Nina in Chekhov's The Seagull directed by Sofia Jupither, and the title role of Victoria Meirik's direction of Romeo and Juliet.

From the autumn of 2010 until the spring of 2012 she was, with Thorbjørn Harr and Jan Gunnar Røise, the responsible for the artistic direction of the Komilab (literally: Comedy Lab) project at The Torshov Theatre.


(Objekt ID 28589)
Object type Person
Born October 29, 1981
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female

Mariann Hole was nominated for The Hedda Award 2012 in the category of best supporting actress for the role of Helene in Orphans, directed by Terje Strømdahl, The National Theatre at Torshov.

The complete ensemble of Ti liv* (Ten lives) was also nominated for The Hedda Award 2011 in the category of special artistic achievement. Onstage were Mariann Hole, Jan Gunnar Røise, Thorbjørn Harr, Anders Mordal og Ket Lødemel.

Mariann Hole won The Hedda Award 2014 in the best leading actress category for the role of Lulu in Lulu. Pandora's Box – a monster tragedy by Frank Wedekind, directed by Victoria Meirik, produced by The National Theatre.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"Some find that the best performances are dependent on what is called charisma. A better term is energy, the visible energy onstage. The performances of all the nominated for the best leading actress award are characterised by such energy, and the control of it.

The theatre mirrors society. Leading female roles are often about defining one's own identity in a world where men are way too willing to do it for you. To be an actor is also about being seen. The character is created by the actor, but can only be read in the glance of the audience.

This year's Hedda Award winner made just this play into art. Her character doesn't just act on her attractiveness, she acts on her consciousness of her role as desired. She creates an identity based on the glance of men and of the audience. She explores her freedom through insisting on it.

It is not herself she undresses. It is us, as she forces us to become conscious of our defining eye.

The best leading actress award of the year goes to Mariann Hole."


The Hedda Awards 2012, 29.05.2012, http://heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?&mid=1031&aid=1030

The Hedda Award 2014, heddaprisen.no, 19.05.2014, http://www.heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?aid=1215

The Hedda Award 2014, www.heddaprisen.no, 16.06.2014, http://www.heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?aid=1266

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


2004-2007  Studied acting at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

2000-2003  Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio (NISS).