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Lena Maria Jonna Olin (born 22 March 1955) is a Swedish actress. She has been nominated for several acting awards, including a Golden Globe for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) and an Academy Award for Enemies, A Love Story (1989). Other well-known films in which she has appeared include Chocolat (2000), directed by her husband Lasse Hallström, Queen of the Damned (2002), Casanova (2005) and The Reader (2008). Olin was also a main cast member in the second season (and a recurring guest star in later seasons) of the TV series Alias. Olin is currently starring in new Swedish sitcom Welcome to Sweden. 

Full Name Lena Olin
Net Worth $5 Million
Date Of Birth March 22, 1955
Place Of Birth Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
Height 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
Profession Actress
Education Swedish National Academy of Mime and Acting
Nationality Swedish
Spouse Lasse Hallström
Children Tora Hallstrom, Auguste Rahmberg
Parents Stig Olin, Britta Holmberg
Siblings Mats Olin
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, BAFTA Award for Best…
Movies The Ninth Gate, Chocolat, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Romeo is Bleeding, Awake, Remember Me, Queen of the Damned, Hollywood Homicide, The Hypnotist, Enemies, A Love Story, The Reader, Casanova, Night Falls on Manhattan, Mystery Men, The United States of Leland, Night Train to Lisbon, After th…
TV Shows Welcome to Sweden, Alias
1 [In response to a question about kissing her co-stars] Kissing someone you don’t feel for is unpleasant. Many, however, were very pleasant. Like Johnny Depp. I don’t think a lot of women would have a problem kissing him. [Laughs heartily] He’s a good friend of ours, by the way. [Lena is married to Lasse Hallstrom, who directed What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Chocolat.] He’s not exactly in the Connecticut neighborhood a lot, since he lives in France, but we often see each other at the Oscars and film events.
2 [on Johnny Depp] — Johnny is a very sweet person and fun to be around.
3 “What’s most interesting and most real to me in my work is to never make the role a complete character, because then you lose a part of the truth. I can’t say that this person is just like this or like that. Because you can never do that with real people in real life, so if you try that on stage you lose the truth. Since I myself strive to be able to be a great many things, I also want my character to have that very same liberty. Eventually in that way it will add to a sort of completeness. But it is the story that is told that is the interesting thing and the situations the character is in. And as we humans always are shaped by a special situation or given circumstances, I can never ever say: Thus is my character.” (on her acting work, Swedish interview, 1990)
4 “I was supposed to play the world’s most dangerous woman and do a lot of action scenes. Then you can’t come in there like a couch-potato… so I started training at gyms, weight-lifting and all things possible, and then I’ve just continued with that a couple of times a week.” (on how she manages to keep so fit when playing her “Alias” success-character Irina Derevko)
5 “I am in love with my best friend” (On husband Lasse Hallström).
6 “There are no patterns that lasts a lifetime. Some people can’t stand the floating boarders. They decide on one life philosophy and live thereafter. But I’ve decided not to decide. I don’t know everything. I don’t understand everything. Both my own and others reactions are often a mystery to me. I let it be that way, hoping that maybe, instead, I can learn to understand the pattern of no patterns.” (on life, people and relationships)
7 “I want to show that from the negative, when you dare to see it, the positive is born, because there is the root to the good. I have inside myself, for example, a sharp aggression. But if you remove it, I lose my creativity. I have a great insecurity, but if you remove it, I also lose my sensitivity. Good theater is the theater that can make it a little attractive, a bit cool, to have these dark inner depths. You must be a bit afraid of them. I have a big need of spending time being alone, just to fear these dark sides. We must have secrets. That’s why I almost never agree, or rarely, to really personal interviews: you must have large pools, untouched inside yourself.” (on acting, theater and her interest in playing dark women roles on stage and in films)
1 Is one of four Swedish actresses to be nominated for an Academy Award. The others are Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Lena Olin and Ann-Margret. The only Swedish actor to be nominated is Max von Sydow.
2 Is one of five Swedish actresses to be nominated for a Golden Globe award. The others are Ingrid Bergman, Anita Ekberg, Ann-Margret and Rebecca Ferguson.
3 Reprising her role as the duplicitous “Irina Derevko” for the season finale of Alias (2001). [April 2005]
4 Stepmother of Lasse Hallström’s son Johan Hallström.
5 Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1988.
6 Lena studied the course of Classic Humanities with Latin as her major language in the Swedish equivalent to senior high school/upper secondary education (1971-1974). Later she also extended her course for half a year with the subjects of Maths, Physics and Chemistry as it was necessary for her medicine studies at university.
7 Was a top student. Graduated with 4,9 average in her graduation scores (the highest in Sweden at that point was 5.0). After failing twice in the test for drama school, she began to study medicine at university to become a doctor. However, she was convinced by Ingmar Bergman (who had directed her father in several films and watched Lena play amateur theater) to try a third time. She did and was admitted (and gave up medicine).
8 Lena has said in a Swedish interview that contact with others got her to act, even very early as a child, describing it as “an uncontrolled need of contact” and to “invent things”: She remembers when she was seven and in love with a boy and staged an argument with him and then acted out a faked concussion. She got carried home as he apparently believed her: It ended with him coming home to her with apples and Andy Pandy books.
9 Before becoming an actress Lena worked both as a sub teacher (in languages) and as a hospital nurse (she first studied medicine at university) back in Sweden.
10 Failed twice – both times in the very last test – two years in a row before she was accepted the third time at Sweden’s prestigious National Theatre Academy (Teaterhögskolan) in 1976.
11 Moved permanently to the US in 1995 together with husband Lasse Hallström (as both their international careers developed separately) and the couple have since then been resident in Bedford, New York. However, they still have their summer house in Sweden (located in the Swedish province of Skåne) where the family spend their summer holidays as well as an apartment in Stockholm.
12 Has a fine singing voice. Recorded, a.o., Swedish song “Människors glädje” (written and composed by her father Stig Olin) and Swedish country/folk tune “Sommarbrevet (Jag skrev ett brev)” in the 1970s (Polar Music, Sweden).
13 Considered for the role of Maria Ruskin in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990).
14 Considered for the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992).
15 Member of Sweden’s Royal Dramatic Theatre (1980-1994).
16 National Theatre Academy; Stockholm, Sweden (1976-1979).
17 Stated in a May 2005 interview with “TV Guide” that, along with her appearances in the final two episodes of Season 4 of Alias (2001), she is open to appearing in Season 5 as well.
18 For the role of Masha in Enemies: A Love Story (1989), she received the New York Film Critics Award for Best Actress as well as an Academy Award nomination.
19 Younger sister of singer Mats Olin.
20 Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. [1998]
21 Has a son F. Auguste Rahmberg (b. 1986) with former boyfriend Örjan Ramberg. Has a daughter Tora Hallström (b. 1995) with husband Lasse Hallström.
22 Daughter of actor Stig Olin and actress Britta Holmberg.


Title Year Status Character
Night Falls on Manhattan 1996 Peggy Lindstrom
The Night and the Moment 1994 The Marquise
Mr. Jones 1993 Libbie
Romeo Is Bleeding 1993 Mona Demarkov
Havana 1990/I Bobby Duran
Hebriana 1990 TV Movie Lena
Enemies: A Love Story 1989 Masha
s/y Glädjen 1989 Annika Larsson
Friends 1988 Sue
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 Sabina
Komedianter 1987 TV Movie Ann
A Matter of Life and Death 1986 Nadja Melander
Flight North 1986 Karin
Glasmästarna 1986 TV Movie Lady with dog
Wallenberg: A Hero’s Story 1985 TV Movie Marta
After the Rehearsal 1984 TV Movie Anna Egerman (older)
Fanny och Alexander 1983 TV Mini-Series Rosa
Fanny and Alexander 1982 Rosa – Ekdahlska huset
Gräsänklingar 1982 Nina
Pappa är död 1982 TV Movie Berit
Som ni behagar 1982 TV Movie Febe
Från Boston till pop 1980 TV Mini-Series Maggan Fällman
Kärleken 1980 Lena
The Adventures of Picasso 1978 Dolores
Tabu 1977 Girl (uncredited)
Friaren som inte ville gifta sig 1977 TV Movie Gypsy woman
Face to Face 1976 Shop Assistant
Intensive Care 2018 pre-production Margaret
Empire of the Heart 2017 pre-production
Riviera 2017 TV Mini-Series Irina
A Critically Endangered Species 2017 Maya
Vinyl 2016 TV Series Mrs. Fineman
Spark 2016/I TV Series Hazel Stockton
Welcome to Sweden 2014-2015 TV Series Viveka Börjesson
The Devil You Know 2013 Kathryn Vale
Night Train to Lisbon 2013 Older Estefânia
Grounded 2013 Yevgeina
Hypnotisören 2012 Simone Bark
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 TV Series Ingrid Block
Remember Me 2010 Diane Hirsch
The Reader 2008 Rose Mather Ilana Mather
Awake 2007 Lilith Beresford
Alias 2002-2006 TV Series Irina Derevko
Bang Bang Orangutang 2005 Nina
Casanova 2005 Andrea
Hollywood Homicide 2003 Ruby
The United States of Leland 2003 Marybeth Fitzgerald
Darkness 2002 Maria
Queen of the Damned 2002 Maharet
Ignition 2001 Judge Faith Mattis
Hamilton 2001 TV Mini-Series Tessie
Chocolat 2000 Josephine Muscat
The Ninth Gate 1999 Liana Telfer
Mystery Men 1999 Dr. Anabel Leek
Hamilton 1998 Tessie
Polish Wedding 1998 Jadzia
The Golden Hour 1996


Title Year Status Character
Safe Haven 2013/I thanks
The Shipping News 2001 very special thanks
One Taste Is Never Enough… The Pleasures of ‘Chocolat’ 2000 TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Cider House Rules 1999 very special thanks


Title Year Status Character
Skavlan 2012-2015 TV Series Herself – Guest
Cinema 3 2013 TV Series Herself
70th Golden Globe Awards 2013 TV Special Herself – Audience Member (uncredited)
Hellenius Hörna 2012 TV Series Herself – Guest
Efter Tio 2012 TV Series Herself
Corazón de… 2005 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2002 TV Series Herself – Guest
The Rosie O’Donnell Show 2001 TV Series Herself – Guest
One Taste Is Never Enough… The Pleasures of ‘Chocolat’ 2000 TV Movie documentary Herself / Josephine Muscat
The Directors 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
Hamilton bakom kulisserna 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1994-1998 TV Series Herself – Guest
Gomorron 1998 TV Series Herself
Lumière et compagnie 1995 Documentary segment “Lasse Hallström”
Bergman: On Stage 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself
Today 1988-1994 TV Series Herself – Guest
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1990 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Havana: Featurette 1990 Video documentary short Herself – Actress

Archive Footage

Title Year Status Character
Premio Donostia a Richard Gere 2007 TV Special Libbie
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe 2005 TV Special The Marquise (uncredited)
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Maria / Herself
Alias 2004 TV Series Irina Derevko
The Dick Cavett Show 1990 TV Series Bobby Duran from film HAVANA

Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2005 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Guest Actress Alias (2001)
1989 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Enemies: A Love Story (1989)
1980 Ingmar Bergman Award Guldbagge Awards

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
2006 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Guest Actress Alias (2001)
2005 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Parental Units Alias (2001)
2004 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama Alias (2001)
2003 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Alias (2001)
2003 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Alias (2001)
2003 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama Alias (2001)
2001 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Chocolat (2000)
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture Chocolat (2000)
1995 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
1994 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Action Sequence Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)
1990 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Enemies: A Love Story (1989)
1989 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

2nd Place Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1990 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actress Enemies: A Love Story (1989)
1989 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actress The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)