I grew up in the Stockholm suburb of Vällingby in the 70s and 80s – I did well in school and loved sports. Swimming, soccer; I tried it all – but I never became the star of anything. Later, I tried to make that dream come true through acting instead. As if that were any easier.
         I did make it into The Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting, but after completing my studies, I grew more interested in working behind the camera. I applied to the screenwriting and film-directing programs at The Dramatic Institute (now The Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts). Half-way through the screenwriting program, I managed to convince the school to let me switch to directing.
         My thesis film Viktor and his Brothers won some forty awards at film festivals all over the world – including a Swedish Guldbagge Award for Best Short Film. Since then, I have directed the feature films Offside and Cockpit, written and directed several movies in the Swedish Beck series, and done many other things.
         I still have one foot left in the world of sports. As an adult, I have tried out both long-distance running and triathlon. For the last eight years, I’ve been a regular columnist for the magazine Runner’s World. I still happily take on acting jobs for TV and the big screen.

1999–2001: Dramatic Institute, Stockholm, Screenwriting and Directing, Bachelor of Fine Arts
1998–1999: Biskops-Arnös Folkhögskola, Screenwriting
1990–1993: Stockholm College of Acting, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting
1984–1987: Bromma Gymnasium, Senior High School, Natural Science


Photo: Baldur Bragason