Joel Saemundsson

Hair Color: Brown/blondEye Color: Blue

Languages:Mother Tongue: IcelandicFluent in: English Familiar with: Danish, Swedish and Norwegian

Biography

Joel Saemundsson is an Icelandic actor. Grew up in a small Icelandic fishing village in the north east of Iceland place called Pórshöfn, population 400 people.

There he spent his days playing basketball, which lead him to NY state  to play basketball in High school, he then got offered  a scholarship to play college basketball which he turned down due to new found love of acting which took him to Los Angeles to NYFA in the summer of 2005.  In 2009, Joel finished his BA in acting at the Rose Bruford College, London.

His first acting job was the lead in the theater play „lets talk local“ and he also starred in „Leaves of glass“ by Philip Ridley.

First film experience when he was selected to be in the hero squad, in the Clint Eastwood movie Flags of our fathers in 2005. Moreover, he has played various roles in Icelandic films, TV shows and theater plays such as „Makalaus“, „Pressa 2“, „Hlemmavídeo“, „City State 2“ and „Trapped by Baltasar“.

Joel’s first lead was in the feature film romantic comedy „Pity the lovers“ by the Swedish filmmaker and director Maximilian Hult. The film was in special focus high lighting Scandinavian comedy at the Gothenburg film festival.

Currently Joel is in the show „Defending the caveman“  in Iceland since fall 2017 which led him to perform the show in Las Vegas in 2018 and thereby became be the first Icelandic headliner in a Vegas show.

Curriculum Vitae

Film

2019
Pity the loversLead/MaggiMaximilian HultLittle big pictures
2014
Life in a FishbowlSupporting/TransporterBaldvin ZKisi production
City State 2Supporting/ Sergejs LawyerOli poppoliPoppoli pictures
2007
AstropíaSupporting / nerd custoerGunnar BZik Zak production

Short films

2011
Small thingsSupporting / ThugDavíð ÓskarssonMystery
2008
Black SandLead / PéturVilli ÁsgeirsOktober films

Television

2018
Áramótsskaup 2018Supporting / SindriArnór PálmasonGlassriver
2015-2016
TrappedSupporting / Þór SnædalBaltasar KormákurRvk Studios
2012
ÓupplýstTv docuseries Daniel BjarnasonMajestic prod
2011
HeimsendirSupporting / paramedicRagnar BragasonSagafilm
MakalausSupporting / Tommi Gulli MaggiSkjáreinn
PressaSupporting / BenjamínÓskar JónasonSagafilm
2010-2012
Daginn í dagLead / KlemmiÞorleifur EinarssonSkálholtsútgáfa
2010
HlemmavídeóSupporting / LuðvíkRagnar Bragason Sagafilm

Theater

2017-2019
Defending the CavemanLeadEmma PiersonTheatermogul
2016
Deep TrackLead / AlexBjartmar ÞórðarsonArtik & Tjarnarbío
2010
Leaves of GlassLead / Steven Bjartmar ÞórðarsonBörn Loka
2009
Lets Talk LocalLead / Various VikingsAnna BergljótKraðak

Showreel