Sidse Babett Knudsen

Sidse Babett Knudsen is a Danish actress who works in theatre, television, and film. Knudsen made her screen debut in the 1997 improvisational comedy Let's Get Lost, for which she received both the Robert and Bodil awards for Best Actress.

Date of birth

Knudsen was born 22 November 1968 in Copenhagen, Denmark.


She was born the daughter of Ebbe Knudsen, a photographer, and Susanne Andersen, a school teacher.


From 1987 to 1990 she trained in acting at the Theatre de l'Ombre in Paris despite knowing little French. Upon returning to Denmark, Knudsen played roles for the experimental theatre OVINE 302 as well as at the Betty Nansen and Royal Danish Theatres in Copenhagen.

Love life

She is unmarried and has a son, born in 2005.

Net worth

Not yet known.


In 1997 Knudsen debuted in the lead role of Julie in Jonas Elmer's slice-of-life comedy Let's Get Lost. The film's script was only an outline, requiring the actors to improvise their roles and dialogue. Knudsen said she wasn't very good at improvisation and accepted the part only because she thought it would be a lightweight summer comedy. The film became a breakout hit in Denmark and Knudsen received both the Robert Award and the Bodil Award for Best Actress. Critics called Knudsen's performance dominating. Film critic Kim Skotte of Politiken wrote that Knudsen had hit a new tone with a "special ability to capture the modern woman's uncertainty and strength."

Following her appearance in the 1999 television mystery Motello, Knudsen played the lead character in Susanne Bier's 1999 romantic comedy Den Eneste Ene. The film became one of the decade's biggest box-office hits in Denmark. It marked a new direction in modern Danish romantic comedies with credit given to Knudsen's acting style. Knudsen's portrayal of Sus, a woman who becomes pregnant by her unfaithful husband while she loves another man, again earned her both the Robert Award and the Bodil Award for Best Actress.

Knudsen returned to work with Elmer in 2000 as the title character in the comedy Mona's Verden. As in Elmer's first film, Knudsen was required to improvise her dialogue and character. Knudsen's portrayal of Mona, an uptight accountant who tries to stave off the romantic infatuation of a bank robber while being held hostage, earned her a Bodil Award nomination for Best Actress.

In 2020, she starred in the BBC drama Roadkill as the mistress of a British Tory politician played by Hugh Laurie.

Knudsen will also reprise her role as Prime Minister Nyborg in the Netflix revival of Borgen, which will be released in 2022.

Selected Filmography

  • Hanne Jensen in Strisser på Samsø (TV series) 
  • Sarah 'Max' Engell in Max 
  • Mona Petersen in Mirakel
  • Nina Kutpreka in Proof (TV series) 
  • Olga Holmgård in Villa paranoia 
  • Helene Hansson in Efter brylluppet (After the Wedding)
  • Puk Agerbo in Parterapi 
  • Birgitte Nyborg Christensen in Borgen (TV series)
  • Johanne Louise Heiberg in 1864 (TV miniseries) 
  • Ditte Lorensen-Coteret in L'hermine
  • Irène Frachon in La fille de Bres
  • Elizabeth Sinskey in Inferno
  • Sara Kari in Ikitie

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Sidse Babett Knudsen
First Name Sidse Babett
Surname Knudsen
Born 22nd November, 1968
Home City Copenhagen, Denmark
Current City