Primarily known to American audiences for playing the plucky investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the film adaptations of author Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy" crime novels, Michael Nyqvist was already a huge star in Sweden prior to achieving international acclaim in the States. After landing numerous small roles in Swedish television shows throughout the '90s, Nyqvist drew praise for his role as detective John Banck on the popular crime series, "Beck" (1997- ). His sterling performance on the series soon led to meatier film roles, including a breakout performance in the 2000 Swedish drama, "Together." The film was a hit in Sweden, but it would be another four years before Nyqvist's acting work would reach acclaim on a worldwide scale. That came in 2004 when he portrayed a chronically ill conductor in "As It Is In Heaven." The Academy Award-nominated film thrust Nyqvist into the international spotlight, and over the next several years he continued to expand his fan base in America with riveting performances in such big budget action thrillers as "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and "Abduction" - both of which were released in 2011.