Iben Hjejle

Actor
Danish actress Iben Hjejle had a breakthrough US role in the film "High Fidelity" (2000) after acclaimed turns in the Denmark-filmed productions "Portland" (1996) and "Mifune" (1999). Hjejle, who lived in Massachusetts ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1971 in Denmark

Filmography

Actor (18)

Klown 2012 (Movie)

Iben (Actor)

Rosa Morena 2011 (Movie)

Christine (Actor)

Stockholm East 2011 (Movie)

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Klovn: The Movie 2010 (Movie)

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The Eclipse 2010 (Movie)

Lena Morelle (Actor)

Chéri 2009 (Movie)

Marie-Laure (Actor)

Flugten 2009 (Movie)

Rikke Lynvig (Actor)

Rejsen Til Saturn 2008 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

The Boss of It All 2007 (Movie)

Lise (Actor)

Monster Thursday 2004 (Movie)

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Flickering Lights 2003 (Movie)

Therese (Actor)

Old Men In New Cars 2003 (Movie)

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Skagerrak 2003 (Movie)

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The Emperor's New Clothes 2002 (Movie)

Pumpkin (Actor)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

Laura (Actor)

Mifune 2000 (Movie)

Liva (Actor)

Dreaming of Julia 1997 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Portland 1997 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Biography

Danish actress Iben Hjejle had a breakthrough US role in the film "High Fidelity" (2000) after acclaimed turns in the Denmark-filmed productions "Portland" (1996) and "Mifune" (1999). Hjejle, who lived in Massachusetts as a teenager, studied acting at The National Theatre School of Denmark, and teamed up with director Neals Arden-Oplev in the short film "Naked" (1991). Five years later, he cast her in "Portland," marking her feature film debut as an woman abused by her lover in this nihilistic look at the human condition. She followed up with a co-starring turn in "Mifune," Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's feature, the third to operate within the confines of 'Dogme '95', a manifesto created with fellow Danish directors Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier calling for naturalistic filmmaking. Here she gave a winningly feisty performance as an on-the-run prostitute who takes a job as a housekeeper for an odd family in an attempt to start a new life. The blonde actress' unadorned good looks and confident presence made her an especially effective contributor to the Dogma style of filmmaking.

Relationships

Family
has a son

Mother

Husband

EDUCATION

The National Theatre School of Denmark

Brookline High School

Brookline, Massachusetts
attended for one year as an exchange student

Milestones

2001

Co-starred with Ian Holm in "The Emperor's New Clothes"; screened at Locarno Film Festival

2000

Starred opposite John Cusack in "High Fidelity"

1999

Breakthrough feature role as a prostitute who becomes a housekeeper in Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's Dogma 95 film "Mifune"

1996

Reteamed with Arden-Oplev for her feature film acting debut in "Portland"

1991

Starred in the short film "Naked", directed by Niels Arden-Oplev

1986

Spent one-year in the Boston, Massachusetts area as an exchange student during her sophomore year of high school (date approximate)

Born and raised in Denmark

Worked in theater in Denmark

Bonus Trivia

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Her name is pronounced EE-ben YI-leh.

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