Hildegunn Eggen

Hildegunn Eggen (born in 1953) is a Norwegian actress. Eggen attended The National Academy of Theatre from 1978 to 1981. After graduating from the Academy, she was hired by The National Theatre, where she worked for three years (1981–1984). She returned home to Trøndelag, and started working for Trøndelag Theatre in 1985.

Eggen is a versatile actress who has made her mark in comedies and musicals as well as classics and modern drama. She has also had movie roles, and she has recorded many audio books. In 2001 she was awarded the culture prize of the county of Nord-Trøndelag, and for her participation in the Saint Olav Drama over years she got the Stiklestad Award in 2002. In 2014, she was appointed Knight of the Order of St. Olav, first class, and the same year she was given The Award of Aase Bye.

Hildegunn Eggen received The Hedda Award 2017 in the best supporting actress category for the role of Fyodor Karamazov in The Brothers Karamazov, by Ole Johan Skjelbred after Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The production was directed by Ole Johan Skjelbred, and staged at Trøndelag Theatre.


(Objekt ID 9307)
Object type Person
Born 1953
Functions Actor
Nationality Norwegian
Gender Female

The Hedda Jury gave the following reason for the award to Hildegunn Eggen:

"This year's supporting actress has proven herself to be an excellent collaborator throughout the years, no matter the size of the role. Her presence onstage is strong, and she creates distinct and memorable characters without cost for her fellow actors. In a performance challenging its audience as well as its performers, she has put her feminine sides aside. With a thoroughly masculine hold, in the grand gestures and in the details, she shines as the unsympathetic father of the brothers Karamazov.

The best supporting actress award goes to Hildegunn Eggen."

Hildegunn Eggen had also been nominated for The Hedda Award 2012 in the category of best leading actress for the role of Mrs. Alving in Ghosts, directed by Kjersti Haugen, Trøndelag Theatre.

She won The Norwegian Critics' Award (theatre) 2001/2002 for the title role of Mother Courage.

Yngve Kvistad said the following, among other things, in his award ceremony speech on behalf of Norwegian Critics' Association:

"The Norwegian Critics' Award she gets for her interpretation of the title role in Mother Courage, also a debut work for a director, Tyra Tønnessen. Colleague Andreas Wiese in Dagbladet wrote enthusiastically in his review of the play: 'She is Mother Courage! We see her mistakes, her impossible choices, her raw and brutal will to survive. At the same time we believe in her love to her children, as she loses them, one by one...'

Another critic, my modesty prohibits me from mentioning his name, wrote in VG: 'Her interpretation of the title role in Brecht's anti-war drama is another superior effort from the versatile actress. In two and a half hours she is alive onstage - as a war profiteer and a mother.'

At the end I will be so indiscreet as to reveal some of the conversation across the table, as Norwegian Critics' Association nominated and discussed this year's candidates for The Norwegian Critics' Award: We gathered around the name relatively quickly, and that was when one of the critics who hadn't seen Mother Courage who commented: 'Without having seen this performance in particular I know what she represents. I have yet to see her act a bad part, a contour-lacking character or a misunderstood interpretation.'

The Norwegian Critics' Award for theatre for 2001/2002 goes - for the first time - to Trøndelag Theatre and actress Hildegunn Eggen."

The complete speech can be read at the webpage of Norwegian Critics' Association (link in Norwegian only).

At Trøndelag Theatre, Hildegunn Eggen's roles include Agnes in Brand, the title role of the musical An-Magritt, Tale in Fellow Man and the title role of Russell's comedy Shirley Valentine.


The Hedda Award, 29.05.2012, http://heddaprisen.no/pub/heddaprisen/main/?&mid=1031&aid=1030

Norwegian Critics' Association, kritikerlaget.no, 29.09.2011, http://www.kritikerlaget.no/pages/nor/22-teaterkritikerprisen_til_hildegunn_eggen

The Hedda Award, heddaprisen.no, 19.06.2017, https://www.heddaprisen.no/vinnere/2017

The Hedda Award, www.heddaprisen.no, https://www.heddaprisen.no/nominerte/2017