Five Minutes With: Sofia Helin

Feb 17, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Drama Quarterly.

Sofia Helin, the Swedish star of drama series including The Bridge and Atlantic Crossing, discusses her move behind the camera after partnering with Scandinavian production company Nordic Drama Queens.

Swedish actor Sofia Helin is best known to audiences around the world as Saga Norén, the idiosyncratic lead character of Nordic crime drama Bron/Broen (The Bridge). Her list of international drama credits also includes playing Norwegian Crown Princess Märtha, who stole the heart of US president Franklin D Roosevelt, in International Emmy-winning period drama Atlantic Crossing, and season two of Australian drama Mystery Road, while she will soon be seen in Swedish drama Limbo and crime series Sanningen (Fallen).

Viaplay series Limbo (pictured above) is about three friends (played by Helin, Rakel Wärmländer and Louise Peterhoff) whose kids are all in a car accident together, and how that strains their relationships with each other. In Sanningen, commissioned by C More, TV4 and ZDF, Helin plays Iris Broman, the new head of the Kalla Fall, a cold-case unit in Malmö. After a tragedy, she moves from Stockholm to the small town of Ystad, where a cold case threatens upturn the lives of several people in the search for the truth.

More recently, Helin’s attention has been drawn behind the camera with creative roles on thriller Heder (Honor) and Lust. She also co-created and starred in the latter series, playing a woman leading a government study about middle-aged women’s sex lives.

The actor has now signed a multi-year first-look deal that will see her co-develop a slate of film and television projects with Scandinavian production company Nordic Drama Queens, which was founded in 2021 by Sandra Harms (who produced Lust), Josefine Tengblad and Line Winther Skyum Funch. The company is backed by US producer and distributor Fifth Season.

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