Day One at Nordicana 2015


Nordicana 2015 has already made an impact with fans showcasing the illustrious collection of Scandinavian crime and drama. Among the Q&A’s, signings, exclusive screenings, and Nordic Marketplace stalls, packed with food and culture to tempt and taste, we caught up with the stars of The Legacy, The Bridge and The Killing.

From the Danish family drama, we spoke with actors Jesper Christensen, Trine Dyrholm, and Marie Bach Hansen from The Legacy.

What has it been like working on The Legacy?

Jesper Christensen: First and foremost it has been joyful. It has been a television series where there is an enormous sense of freedom for the actors involved. It has been a series with a lot of improvisation and we were listened to. You could talk about where you want to take your character or storyline and it felt like you were taken seriously; that you had some degree of influence.

Trine Dyrholm: It has been very inspiring and creative. We are so honoured that the show has travelled so much, and I think that if it hadn’t been for The Killing, Borgen, and the other Scandinavian television series we would not have travelled so much. We inspire each other and it has been a fantastic journey. We are overwhelmed by the success of Scandinavian drama outside of our own countries and we had great success in Norway. This was overwhelming because you do what you do, and if it turns out to be a great success – that is fantastic.

Marie Bach Hansen: It has been fantastic and meeting all these great actors, directors, writers, and production designers. and many, many more.

What does it feel like to be at Nordicana 2015 and seeing the reaction from fans?

Jesper Christensen: I have been blown away by the reaction. It is so big and I had no idea there were so many fans. I haven’t been here before because of previous work commitments but it is surprisingly huge!

Marie Bach Hansen: First of all it is a great honour. It is overwhelming but it is a great honour to see the people relating to the stories and the characters – it is a great experience.

Following a conversation with the star of The Bridge Sofia Helin, moderated by Angie Errigo, Helin shared her Nordicana experience and The Bridge III expectations with us:

What has it been like coming to Nordicana?

Sofia Helin: I didn’t sleep much last night and I was feeling kind of low. But this morning I woke up thinking that I have this today and I just thought, wow, today is going to be a great day because I get to meet the people who are important – the audience. The meeting between them and my character is the key moment of all of this.

Are you looking forward to the reaction of the fans to season three?

Sofia Helin: I am curious because you will get to know Saga even better and she will meet her dark past.

The infamous Danish detective of The Killing played by Sofie Gråbøl continued to entrance us with her enthusiasm of the Nordic Noir genre, moments after her intimate talk with Emma Kennedy on stage.

How do you feel when you come to the UK and speak to fans at Nordicana?

Sofie Gråbøl: It’s amazing! We were very surprised when The Killing was so warmly received here. We all felt like the show had a rare momentum that came out at the right time. It became a hit in this country that nobody really understood. But then you embraced Borgen and The Bridge which, I think, it even more amazing and moving to us. The Nordic programmes seem to have a deeper, longer-lasting interest. The Brits had a feeling that Scandinavian drama was so exotic, especially the language, the furniture, the lamps, and the jumpers! That’s the best compliment for us. We should be very proud!

Nordicana: Nordic Noir & Beyond Live 2015 continues tomorrow on Sunday 7th June at The Troxy in London’s East End – tickets are still available to purchase tickets here.

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