The Killing heroine in conversation with author and critic Emma Kennedy
There are many avid fans of The Killing, Sarah Lund and her knitwear and, of course, Sofie Gråbøl herself. Presenter Emma Kennedy moderated the Q&A with the Danish actress at the Nordicana: Nordic Noir & Beyond Live 2015. Not only has she written The Killing Handbook (featuring a foreword by Gråbøl) she proudly boasts at being close friends with her. Find out more about Gråbøl’s reluctance to take on her career-defining role, why she felt like “stuffing in a jumper” and how equally funny and upsetting her experience was filming The Killing I.
Sofie Gråbøl has fast become an iconic star of the Nordic Noir genre with the ground-breaking Danish crime series The Killing (2007-2012). The show redefined the Nordic landscape of serialised crime drama on a global scale and is a prime example for the quality of television produced by leading broadcasters, such as DR. Not only has the actress appeared as a parody of Sarah Lund in BBC’s Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012), the series has been a success with UK viewers and generated a US remake The Killing (2011-2014). The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker-Bowles even visited the set to be presented with her very own Faroese wool jumper.
Following the astonishing third season finale that left fans in shock contemplating Sarah Lund’s fate, Gråbøl has since been reunited with her partner from the first season The Killing, Søren Malling, in The Hour of the Lynx (2013). She has also been a part of the transgressive international mystery of Fortitude (2015- ) on Sky Atlantic. The series that blends crime with science fiction extended far beyond the Nordic realm whilst retaining a similar irresistible style. Gråbøl is set to appear in the movie There Comes a Day (2016), opposite another co-star of The Killing I – Lars Mikkelsen (1864, 2014) and David Dencik from Men & Chicken (2015).
Without further ado, please give an enormous Nordicana throwback welcome to Sofie Gråbøl!