‘Trapped’ star talks Icelandic crime on BBC Radio 4


Icelandic actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson sheds a little light on the success the new Nordic Noir

As we start to settle down for the penultimate back-to-back weekend episodes of the tense Icelandic thriller, the fresh new Scandi crime series continues to pull us deeper into the flurry of intrigue. We have followed the scandalous spiral of investigations as they unravel in the criminal metropolis of The Killing and The Bridge. However, the precarious natural elements of a rural Iceland has taken the genre to a new extreme.


On 1st March, BBC Radio 4 presenter Mishal Husain spoke with the lead actor of Trapped, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, to discover titbits from behind-the-scenes of what it has been like making the show in such volatile weather conditions. The star admits, “It was fantastic. We went up north for about three months to try and get all the bad weather we could get.” Therefore, the realism of the blizzard and isolation amidst the homicide case is not too far from the truth in its haunting depiction.

Watch clips from the BBC radio interview here.


Ólafsson also draws attention to the positive reception that Trapped has garnered since arriving on UK screens: “It is a bit surprising, you do something and you hope it’s going to come out well and people are going to like it and it’s always a nice surprise when people really seem to enjoy it.” With the first episode having enthralled approximately 1.4 million viewers, the allure of the new Icelandic addition to the realm of Nordic Noir has proven to be a big hit for the big-budget series.

Find out more from the praise and reactions to the UK network premiere on BBCFour here.

Trapped continues with the seventh and eighth episodes of the chilling mystery from Saturday at 9pm on BBCFour