He is a Swedish-born actor who grew up in Denmark
Where might I have seen him?
Unless you’ve been hiding in a dark cave, you might have noticed Dencik in ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, ‘War Horse’ and the Hollywood version of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. He must have a thing for Stieg Larsson, as Dencik also played a role in the original.
Is he any good?
Yes, actually. No snide remarks to be made unfortunately.
So is he a Swede or a Dane?
Well, he was born in Sweden in 1974, but his family moved to Copenhagen in the same year. Dencik went back to his birth country to study at Teaterhögskolan i Stockholm from 1999 to 2003, and in 2009, he was awarded the Swedish Film Academy’s Kurt Linder scholarship. So maybe it’s a bit like Australia’s adoption of Kiwi actor Russell Crowe – at least until he threw a telephone at a hotel employee.
Where did he get his break?
Danish TV series ‘Klovn’ and ‘Coachen’ in 2005 and then he played a transvestite in ‘En Soap’.
He was born on Halloween – does that make him scary?
He played convicted murderer and bank robber John Ausonius in 2005 Swedish TV miniseries ‘Lasermannen’, and his role in the comedy ‘Everything About My Bush’ sounds equally terrifying – or perhaps it’s just the title
He sounds pretty successful. Does he have a girlfriend?
Unfortunately, he’s been dating a lawyer for a few years – they don’t go down without a fight.
So does Hollywood beckon?
Actually, most of his films in the pipeline are Scandinavian – Danish films ‘August’ and ‘Skytten’, Norwegian drama ‘All That Matters Is Past’, and Swedish thriller ‘Call Girl’ – which should see him become this region’s biggest actor before long. But a fellow Dane, Susanne Bier, has cast him in her next project, ‘Serena’. Which clears the nationality question: he must be Danish as he would never have got the part had he been a Swede.