Actor profile: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

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Born on 1 May 1984 in the Danish town of Rønne, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard has so far lead a small but gradually noteworthy career as an actor known for playing roles of great intensity. After one-episode roles in TV series such as the miniseries Bryggeren (1997) and Those Who Kill (2011), Følsgaard made his big-screen debut in the critically lauded A Royal Affair (2012). This was his first major role, which he took on whilst still studying at the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance.

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, A Royal Affair is an historical romantic drama set in the 18th century, that tells the scintillating real story of Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (Alicia Vikander) who marries the mentally ill King Christian VII of Denmark and quickly embarks on an affair with the royal physician Johann Friedrich Struensee, played by Mads Mikkelen. The events that ensued sparked a revolution in the country, and changed a nation forever.

The film was the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year award at the 2013 Academy Awards and was praised for its strong performances, particularly Følsgaard as King Christian VII, a role that won him the Silver Bear for Best Actor award at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. He was the first Dane to win this prestigious prize.

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Soon after his big win, Følsgaard took on the role of Uffe Lynggard in Mikkel Nørgaard’s The Keeper of Lost Causes (2014), a mystery thriller about the investigation of a missing woman. The film also starred Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Per Scheel Krüger and Troels Lyby. He also appeared in an episode of thriller series Dicte (2012-2013) – which follows a female crime reporter’s life in the city of Aarhus – as well as Frederikke Aspöck’s romantic drama film Rosita (2014).

Følsgaard can soon be seen in the latest prestigious drama to come from Denmark, The Legacy (2014). Created by actor-turned–director Pernilla August and writer Maya Ilsøe, the show sees Følsgaard playing Emil, one of the four adult children of a wealthy artist who’s recently died from cancer.

Throughout the 10 episodes set in around her country mansion, the story explores how the four’s distinctive upbringing continues to hold sway over the way they live their lives, as well as depicting a battle for the family inheritance. Also starring celebrated actors Jesper Christensen and Trine Dyrholm, The Legacy looks set to showcase Følsgaard’s acting abilities whilst providing audiences with another meaty family drama.

 The Legacy premiere’s on Sky Arts on November 26.