Ragnhild Hilt

Ragnhild Hilt (1945-2014) was a Norwegian actress, employed of The Norwegian Theatre from 1971.

She was the daughter of the sculptor Odd Hilt and educated at The National Academy of Theatre.

At The Norwegian Theatre, Ragnhild Hilt made her debut as the main character Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days by Maxwell Anderson in 1971. Later, among much else, she played the role of Ragnhild in Fellow Man by Olav Duun, the title role of Antigone by Jean Anouilh and several roles in the Beckett programme Seks Beckett* (Six Beckett) (1975).

Ragnhild Hilt interpreted the title role of Madame de Sade by Yukio Mishima (1989), Nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey (1992) and Hege in Vesaas' The Birds (1997). She acted the role of Gunhild Borkman in Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman (2000), the mother in Fosse's Beautiful (2001) and the woman in Fosse's Rambuku (2006). In 2012 she had the role of 3 in Jonas Hassen Khemiri's We Who Are Hundred and the mother in The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents by Lukas Bärfuss.

The 2014 version of Nothing grows by moonlight was the third version of the play with Ragnhild Hilt as the nameless woman. She had also performed the play in 1982 and 1996, at the same theatre. It became her farewell performance.

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


(Objekt ID 8546)
Object type Person
Born September 20, 1945 (dead June 25, 2014)
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female
Adresse Oslo, Norway

At the webpage of The Norwegian Theatre the following, among other things, is written about Ragnhild Hilt:

Ragnhild Hilt is known as a hard-working, warm and wise actress with a simultaneously intellectual and emotional approach to her work. She made her acting debut at The Norwegian Theatre in 1971, and has been an employee of the theatre since then. Among the roles having made the strongest impressions, we may mention the title role of Antigone, nurse Ratched in One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Hege in The Birds and of course the role of the woman in Nothing grows by moonlight, the project that has run as a thread through her whole acting career."

In 2013 Hilt was nominated for the film award Amanda for the role as Grete Maigret in the movie I Belong.


The Norwegian Theatre, www.detnorsketeatret.no, 17.03.2014, http://www.detnorsketeatret.no/index.php?option=com_play&view=play&playid=417

The Norwegian Theatre on Ragnhild Hilt, www.detnorsketeatret.no, 17.03.2014, http://www.detnorsketeatret.no/index.php?option=com_actor&view=actor&actorid=310

Store Norske Leksikon om Ragnhild Hilt, www.snl.no, 18.03.2014, http://snl.no/Ragnhild_Hilt


The National Academy of Theatre