Ulrich Thomsen (born December 6, 1963) graduated from the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in 1993. Having appeared in numerous productions on stage in
his native Copenhagen, he made his feature debut
starring in Ole Bornedal’s Nightwatch.
Thomsen has worked with many acclaimed European directors and is one of Europe’s most sought after actors, starring in over 25 international productions. He was first introduced to worldwide audiences for his leading role as a member of Denmark’s most dysfunctional family in Thomas Vinterberg’s 1998 arthouse hit Festen (The Celebration) for which he received his first Best European Actor nomination at the European Film Academy Awards. The film won the Cannes Jury Prize among many others and cemented the impact of the Dogma era in filmmaking history.
Thomsen has consistently garnered critical acclaim in numerous European films including, The Greatest Heroes, The Inheritance, Brothers, Adam’s Apples, Allegro and In a Better World. Among his many accolades, he was presented with the Best Actor award by the Danish Film Academy as well as receiving a variety of international awards for Greatest Heroes, Adam’s Apples, The Inheritance and Fear Me Not. For his performance in Brothers, he received his second Best European Actor nomination and won the prestigious Best Actor award at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Thomsen’s international feature films include the box office smash Bond: The World is Not Enough, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Weight of Water, Menno Meyjes’ Max, Chen Kaige’s Killing Me Softly, Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven and Tom Tykwer’s The International . He also starred in the 1999 Academy Award® winning short film, Election Night. Thomsen’s addition international feature credits include The Rocket Post, The Zookeeper, Blue Print, Mostly Martha, Opium, Hitman, Duplicity, Tell Tale, Centurion, Season of the Witch, The Thing and The Silence. He can currently be seen in Hungarian director Janos Szasz’s The Notebook and in Danish director Simon Staho’s The Miracle which are screening in film festivals around the world.
On television, Thomsen guest starred on the hit series Alias, in the BBC miniseries, The Virgin Queen and in the TNT Miniseries The Company, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Mikael Salomon.
In 2012 Ulrich Thomsen joined the cast of the True Blood-creator Alans Ball’s new tv-series Banshee for Cinemax. Thomsen plays the character Kai Proctor and he finished season four of the series in August, 2015.
Ulrich Thomsen made his directorial debut in 2013 with In Embryo. A gritty love story about fear, hope and new beginnings. In Embryo is also written and produced by Thomsen.
Thomsen joined two Danish feature film in the autumn of 2014. First Summer 92 by Kasper Barfoed and later The Commune by Thomas Vinterberg.
Thomsen currently divides his professional time between Los Angeles and Denmark. He lives with his wife and two children in Copenhagen.