Signed off on UK TV series "Wallander" starring Kenneth Branagh in the title role.
Wrote original plots for "Wallander" TV series for Swedish television, starring Krister Henriksson.
Oversaw Swedish series of TV films based on the Wallander novels, starring Rolf Lassgård in the title role.
Published first of 12 Kurt Wallander novels, Mördare utan ansikte (Faceless Killers)
Published first play, "Älskade syster"
Published first novel, Vettvillingen
Mankell was the grandson of Swedish Impressionist composer and critic Ivar Henning Mankell (1868-1930).
Mankell was politically active in leftist causes beginning in his late teens, when he took part in student anti-war protests in his native Stockholm. He maintained his political activism throughout his life, doing money and time to causes ranging from anti-Apartheid actions in South Africa to calling for the development of a Palestinian state.
Through his 1998 marriage to Swedish film, television and theater director Eva Bergman, Mankell was the son-in-law of iconic film director Ingmar Bergman.
Henning won Sweden's prestigious literary honor the Astrid Lindgren Prize in 1996.