Nils Ole Oftebro

Nils Ole Oftebro (born in Sarpsborg 1944) is a Norwegian actor.

Nils Ole Oftebro graduated from The National Academy of Theatre in 1969, and the next year he made his debut in Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's TV drama division. In 1971 he began working for The National Theatre, with his debut in the role of Federmesser in The Fussy Man.

At The National Theatre he has played more than a hundred different roles, including Peer in Peer Gynt (1985), Don Juan in Molière's comedy (1990), Vidkun Quisling in Cecilie Løveid's Maria Q (1994), Doctor Rank in A Doll's House (1999) and Hallvard Solness in Ibsen's The Master Builder (2003).


(Objekt ID 5840)
Object type Person
Born December 1, 1944
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Male

In 1987-1989 Nils Ole Oftebro was the artistic leader of The Torshov Theatre.

Nils Ole Oftebro has acted in a number of movies and he has hosted TV shows. Twice he has won The Amanda Award (1986 and 1998).

In 1990 he got The Norwegian Critics' Award, 1998 the Stiklestad award and in 2003 he was selected as the audio book voice of the year.

Nils Ole Oftebro won The Hedda Award 2006 in the best supporting actor category for the role of Mariano in A Spanish Play by Yasmina Reza, produced by The National Theatre.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"For 35 years this year's winner has delighted, entertained and moved his audience through interpreting the most diverse male roles. He is honoured for an excellent interpretation in which he masterfully balanced his acting between illusion and irony, impressing with his technical brilliance and efficiently using all his stage charisma. The play was a typical ensemble piece in which he, with certain insight, found his rightful place.

The best supporting actor award goes to Nils Ole Oftebro for his elegant interpretation of Mariano, 'an immoral sissy', in A Spanish Play."

Nils Ole Oftebro was nominated for The Hedda Award 2013 in the best leading actor category for the role of Stalin in Collaborators
by John Hodge, directed by Kjetil Bang-Hansen for The National Theatre.


Sceneweb on The Hedda Award, 15.10.2012,

The Hedda Award,, 10.06.2013,