Jorunn Kjellsby

Jorunn Kjellsby (born April 7. 1944) is a Norwegian actress.

Since her debut in 1962 in Tennessee Williams' This Property is Condemned she has interpreted roles across a wide spectrum, and was employed at Trøndelag Theatre 1961-63, Oslo Nye Teater (Oslo New Theatre) 1968-70, in Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's TV drama division 1973-1977, and from 1977 she has been employed at The Norwegian Theatre.


(Objekt ID 7708)
Object type Person
Born April 7, 1944
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female
Adresse Oslo, Norway

Among the roles Jorunn Kjellsby interpreted for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's TV drama division were Ellinor in Bjørg Vik's Two Acts for Five Women, Kate in Harold Pinter's Old Times and Helena in Look Back in Anger by John Osborne.

At The Norwegian Theatre Jorunn Kjellsby has confirmed her position as a significant performing artist, with roles including Ulla Winbladh in the Bellman production Vertshuset Haren og Hauken* (The Inn of the Hare and the Hawk), in The Learned Ladies by Molière, in Faust, Madame de Sade by Mishima, as Mrs. Stockman in An Enemy of the People, as the mother in The Lark - Jeanne d'Arc by J. Anouilh and as Ruth in Frode Grytten's Songs of the Beehive.

Jorunn Kjellsby was nominated for The Hedda Award 2001 in particularly excellent performance category for the role of Emmi in Fear Eats the Soul, produced by The Norwegian Theatre in 2000 and based on the play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Jorunn Kjellsby made her movie debut in 1970 in Ballad of the Masterthief Ole Høiland, and has had roles in all of Wam & Vennerød's movies after 1976.


Store Norske Leksikon on Jorunn Kjellsby,, 09.11.2012,

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 2001,, 08.11.2012,

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