Ólafur Darri Ólafsson joins ‘The Missing’ on BBC One


The Nordic star swaps Iceland for Germany in the brand new season

Hailed as “hauntingly brilliant television” by The Guardian, The Missing captivated audiences on BBC One back in 2014 with its debut season. Originally starring James Nesbitt portraying every father’s worst nightmare, five-year-old Oliver disappears in France, leaving a gut-wrenching mystery in his wake. Now, the series is back with a brand new season, starring Nordic Noir leading man Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.

Fresh in our minds as Trapped’s Chief of Police Andri, Ólafsson’s character Stefan Anderssen is a step away from law enforcement. Instead of leading the investigation, Anderssen is a foreign journalist enlisted by detective Julien Baptiste (French actor Tchéky Karyo, reprising his role from the first season) to aid in the disappearance. As well as Ólafsson, Deutschland 83 actor Florian Bartholomäi is another new addition to the cast, playing German police officer Jorn Lenhart.

The second season is a brand new investigation to solve, starring Keeley Hawes and David Morrissey as the dysfunctional Websters. Beginning in Eckhausen, Germany in 2003, a young British girl, Alice Webster, vanishes from outside her school one day. After 11 years, Alice miraculously reappears in a traumatic state. When she mentions the name “Sophie Giroux”, detective Baptiste is drawn into the mix as there seems to be a chilling connection to one of his past, unsolved cases.


Another familiar Nordic star to grace our screens this week is Wallander’s Krister Henriksson as Dr. Larson in the third season of The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. We will find out more of what Larson will bring to the show in tonight’s episode. The Fall creator Alan Cubitt described working with the distinguished Swedish actor in an interview with Radio Times: “He has the qualities that I’m always looking for in The Fall, an understated emotional intelligence, and the capacity to subtly express great depth of feeling through the eyes, a humanity, and vulnerability.”

The Missing continues Wednesdays at 9pm on BBC One

Catch Krister Henriksson in The Fall on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC Two