Kjersti Botn Sandal

Kjersti Botn Sandal (born 1978) is a Norwegian actress.

Kjersti Sandal graduated from The National Academy of Theatre in 2001, and made her debut at The National Stage the same year in An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen.

At The National Stage she has interpreted classical roles such as in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, Hedvig in The Wild Duck and Solveig in Robert Wilson's Peer Gynt, but also Grace in Dogville and The Girl in Jon Fosse's The Girl on the Sofa.

At Rogaland Theatre she took part in Anna Karenina the spring of 2007, and the autumn of 2007 she played the title role in Carl and Anna. Later the same autumn she participated in The National Stage's collaboration project with the theatre in Kabul. The spring of 2008 she went to Tromsø and Hålogaland Theatre to play Mrs. Linde in A Doll's House1 and 2.

At The National Theatre her roles include Oswald in The Ibsen Machine (2010), Sonja in Journey to The Christmas Star (2010) and the title role of Jeanne d'Arc (2011).


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Object type Person
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female

Kjersti Botn Sandal won The Hedda Award 2008 in the category of best leading actress for the role of Anna in Carl and Anna at Rogaland Theatre.

The Hedda Jury reasoned as follows:

"This year's young winner already has worked for three theatres, and she is a gifted, versatile actress who takes different challenges in stride. She gets the award for her presentation of a young woman who slowly, almost against her will, rediscovers the femininity and joy of life she had been forced to suppress. She interprets the role quietly, but with trembling intensity, enthrals with her wise use of lines, her telling body language and her full involvement. This is the kind of stage performance it's hard to forget.

The best leading actress award goes to Kjersti Sandal for her moving interpretation of Anna in Carl and Anna by Leonhard Frank at Rogaland Theatre the autumn of 2007."


The Hedda Award

The National Theatre