Hildegun Riise

Hildegun Riise is a Norwegian actress.

Hildegun Riise was born in 1958, and completed The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo in 1986. The same year she started working for The Norwegian Theatre, where she has worked since.

She has played classical roles such as Queen Clytemnestra in Iphigeneia at Aulis, and Arkadina in Chekhov's The Seagull (2003), but also modern female characters of contemporary drama, such as the woman in Jon Fosse's Beautiful (2001), Anna in Angerhøy (2005)  and Sara Osen in Kjartan Fløgstad's Evig varer lengst* (Eternity lasts the longest, 2000).

She has had musical roles, such as Hodel in Fiddler on the roof (1987) and Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (2009).

Hildegun Riise played Michael J. in Neverland (2010), the mother in Jon Fosse's The Name (2011) and Dr. Gertrude Ladenburger in 33 Variations (2012).

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


(Objekt ID 5903)
Object type Person
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female

Hildegun Riise became well-known all over the country when playing the recurring character Agnes in the TV series Western Wind, and she has also taken part in a number of movies.

For her effort in The Other Side of Sunday Tokyo International Film Festival selected her as best actress in 1996, and in 2001 she won Amanda as best leading actress for her role in Detector.

In 2007 she was nominated for The Hedda Award in the category of best supporting actress for her interpretation of the grandmother in a theatre production based on Agota Kristof's The Twins trilogy. Hildegun Riise was also nominated for The Hedda Award in the same category in 2011 for the role of Sister Aloysius in Doubt, directed by Hans Petter Moland at The Norwegian Theatre.


The Hedda Award


The National Academy of Theatre, Oslo (graduation in 1986)

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