Laila Goody

Also known asLaila Elin Goody
Born22 Mar. 1971

About Laila Goody

Laila Elin Goody (born March 22 1971) is a Norwegian actress. Laila Goody is an employee of The National Theatre. She is known from a number of Norwegian films and TV productions.

She has won a number of awards; Gösta Ekman's memorial award in 1997, The Narvesen Culture Prize in 1998, The Per Aabel Honorary Award (Per Aabels Ærespris) in 2001 and the radio theatre award Blå Fugl (literally: Blue Bird) in 2002. Goody won the TV award Gullruten 2002 in the category of best female TV actress for  Rosmersholm and the Gammleng award in the actor category in 2004.

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Laila Goody won The Hedda Award 2003 in the particularly excellent performance category for the role of Cathrine in Proof by Trøndelag Theatre.

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason:

"It may be hard to explain what separates the great actor from the very competent one - but it is connected to the rare ability of seemingly effortlessly blowing life into, defend and be one with the most diverse stage personalities, so that the pure angels as well as the darkest of crooks onstage step forward as nuanced, complex beings.

This ability the winner of the year has, and in her years working for Norwegian theatres she has proved that she is able to master the full range of roles. She may also have a special affinity for something as rare as young mathematics geniuses: The role of Thomasina Coverley in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia was her breakthrough in 1994. Now she gets The Hedda Award for her interpretation of another brilliant mathematician, Cathrine, in American David Auburn's Proof, staged by Trøndelag Theatre this spring.

Thus the winner is: Laila Goody."

Laila Goody also was nominated for The Hedda Award 2002 in particularly excellent performance category for the role of Eleonora in Easter by The National Theatre.

A list of all the roles Laila Goody has interpreted at The National Theatre can be found here (Norwegian only).


The National Theatre,, 20.03.2012,

Wikipedia,, 20.03.2012,

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 2003,, 24.10.2012,

Sceneweb on The Hedda Award 2002,, 06.11.2012,

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