Ole Lemmeke

Hair Color: Dark Blonde/GreyEye Color: BlueHeight: 181Weight: 80

Languages:Mother Tongue: DanishFluent in: EnglishFamiliar with: German

Biography

Ole Lemmeke graduated from Statens Teaterskole in 1984. Just two years later he had his big breakthough at Rialto Theatre in Copenhagen in the play “Orphans” (“De efterladte). This let to numerous engagements at most of the major theatres in Denmark, where Ole Lemmeke played a great variety of both serious and comical roles in the modern as well as the classical repertoire.

He landed the converted title role of Chistoffer Marlowes “Edward II” in Ib Thorup’s daring version at Det Ny Teater. The following year he also appeared in Det Ny Teater’s acclaimed production of “Our Country’s Good” (“De forviste”)

At Husets Teater he experienced a personal triumph in Tankred Dorsts “Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter” i 1993 followed by an appearance in an award-winning production  of Astrid Saalbach’s Danish play “Morning and Evening”.

Frank McGuinness’ Tony-nominated play “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” (“Gidslernes nat”) brought more acclaim to Ole Lemmeke in the role of a british hostage at Det Danske Teater in 1995. Three years later Ole Lemmeke participated in Betty Nansen Teatret’s theatrical hit “The Exterminating Angel” based on Luis Buñuel’s masterpiece. Ole Lemmeke has also made important contributions to several classic plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Tjekhov, Brecht, Wilde, Anouilh and Gorkij.

At Aalborg Theatre he gave an award-winning performance in the challenging titel role (Albert) “Speer” written by David Edgar and directed by Jan Maagaard. 

Ole Lemmeke has appeared in several productions at The Royal Theatre in plays by Botho Strauss, Howard Baker, Lars Norén, Yasmina Reza and Christopher Hampton. He has toured The National Theatres in Scandinavia with an international co-production of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Pretenders” (“Kongs-Emnerne”). He also played Merlin in The Royal Theatre’s spectacular outdoor production of “King Arthur”.

In 2012 scored what is generally considered his greatest stage success as the controvercial gay author and director Herman Bang in the Danish play “Bang & Betty” at Hippodromen, Folketeatret in Copenhagen. For this he received the two highest theatrical honors in Denmark – The Reumert Award and Teaterpokalen – an achievement unsurpassed by any actor.

Most recently he received yet another Reumert for his stand-out performance as the mayor in Gogol’s timeless “The Government Inspector” (also known as “The Inspector General” due to a Danny Kaye-movie loosely based on the play).

In 2007 Ole Lemmeke received a Knighthood of the 1st Class (Ridder af 1. grad) by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.

OLE LEMMEKE – ON FILM & TV

Ole Lemmeke made his TV-debut in the forgettable sitcom “Sådan er det bare” followed by a supporting turn in a vintage Danish mini-series named “To som elsker hinanden”.

The following year Ole Lemmeke won the Danish Film Critic’ Bodil Award for Best Actor in a leading role due to his stunning debut filmdebut as a bisexual man in Morten Arnfreds “Heaven and Hell” (Himmel og helvede) based on Kirsten Thorups acclaimed novel).

Also in 1988, Ib Thorup – the man that inspired that character – directed Ole Lemmeke in “Boksning”, his first major TV-role. “Boksning” received cult status as the first major Danish gay movie on TV. 

Ole Lemmeke then starred in “Dagens Donna”, a modern love story, before entering into two World War 2 dramas: An English Language-production called “A Day in October” (En dag i Oktober) and Morten Henriksen’s acclaimed “The Naked Trees”. The latter won Mr. Lemmeke The Best Actor Award at the Cairo Film Festival, The Danish Academy Award (Robert) and a second Bodil Award for a leading role. 

This was followed by magnetic performances in a variety of films including the art house favorite “Mirror of the planet” (Planetens spejle), the spy drama “The Russian Singer” (Den russiske sangerinde) and the Sci-Fi thriller “Possessed” (Besat). 

Ole Lemmeke gave one of his most charismatic performances in Morten Henriksen’s “The Magnetist’s Fifth Winter” based on P. O. Enquist award-winning novel. Mr. Lemmeke headed an international cast that included Rolf Lassgård (“A Man Called Ove”) and Ingmar Bergman-favorites Stina Ekblad, Börje Ahlstedt and Erland Josephson.

I 2004 Mr. Lemmeke appeared in the Asta Nielsen-biography “The Abyss” (Afgrunden) and scored a personal triumph in the Danish Bridget Jones-comedy “Nynne”, which became a major box office hit. 

Mr. Lemmeke showed his diversity in films like “Clash of Egos” (Sprængfarlig bombe), “White Night” (Hvid nat) og “The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1” (De unge år: Erik Nietzsche sagaen del 1) before returning to director Morten Henriksen in a documetary named “Karen Blixen – Behind Her Mask” (Bag Blixens maske) in 2011

Ole Lemmeke has appeared in several of the most popular TV-series of all times including “Taxa”, “Rejseholdet”, “Anna Pihl”, “Forbrydelsen II”, “Rita” og “Badehotellet”.

Most recently Mr. Lemmeke was reunited with Oscar- and Palme d’Or-winner Bille August, who directed Lemmeke on stage at The Royal Theatre 20 years earlier. Bille Augusts filmversion of “A Fortunate Man” (Lykke-Per), one of the very best danish novels of all time, is among the biggest Danish productions of 2018.

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Curriculum Vitae

Awards

2018
WINNER of The Reumert Award for his performance in "The Government Inspector" at Nørrebro Teater
2015
WINNER of Best Actor of the year. Danish Theater Association
2012
WINNER of the two major theatrical awards in Denmark (The Reumert Award and Teaterpokalen) for his performance as Herman Bang in "Bang og Betty" at Hippodromen, Folketeatret.
2007
Received knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
2005
Nominated for The Zulu Award (Best Supporting Actor) for Jonas Elmer's box office hit "Nynne".
2004
Received the prestigious Lauritzen Award for his lead performance as "Speer" (Aalborg Teater).
1992
WINNER of Best Actor at The Cairo International Film Festival for his lead performance in "De nøgne træer" ("The Naked Trees") by Morten Henriksen.
1991
WINNER of the two major Danish Film Awards, The Bodil and the Robert Award, for Best Actor in a leading role (”De Nøgne Træer”/"The Naked Trees") by Morten Henriksen.
1989
WINNER of the Bodil Award (Best Actor in a leading rolle) for ”Himmel og Helvede” ("Heaven and Hell") by Morten Arnfred.

Film

2018
Lykke PerSupportingBille AugustNordisk Film
2016
Kærlighed og andre katastroferSupportingSofie StougaardFilm og Lydholm
2009
Bag Blixens maskeSupportingMorten HenriksenNo Exit Production
2007
Hvid NatSupportingJannik JohansenNimbus Film
Erik NietzcheSupportingJacob ThuesenZentropa Film
2006
Clash of EgosSupportingTomas Villum JensenNordisk Film
2005
NynneSupportingJonas ElmerAngel Films
2004
AfgrundenLeadTorben Skjødt JensenPoint of No Return
2000
Magnetisøren's femte vinterLeadMorten HenriksenMagic Hour Film
1999
BesatLeadAnders Rønnow KlarlundZentropa
1992
The Russian SingerLeadMorten ArnfredNordisk Film
1990
De Nøgne TræerLeadMorten Henriksen Magic Hour Film
1989
Dagens DonnaLeadStefan HenzelmanDansk Filmindustri
Planetens SpejleLeadJytte RexLocomotion Kofod Schiller
A Day in OctoberSupportingKenneth Madsen Panorama Film
1988
Himmel og HelvedeLeadMorten ArnfredMetronome Film

Short films

1999
Susanne SillemannSupportingCæcilia Holbek TrierCrone Film
1997
Manden fra DybetLeadMartin Hagbjerg
Skyernes skygge rammer migLeadJonas Cornell Zentropa
Hænderne opSupportingMorten HenriksenMagic Hour Film
1996
SkæbnetimenSupportingEva Bjerregaard Crone Film
SkæbnetimenSupportingEva BjerregaardCrone Film
1995
Pigen med de grønne øjneLeadHelge Sten-KnudsenMetronome Film
1987
En hård dags natLeadElisabeth RygaardFilm & Lyd

TV

2017
RitaBjarne UlriksenLars KaalundTV2
2015
BadehotelletRedaktør BruunHans Fabian WullenweberTV2
2009
The KillingSupporting Kristoffer NyholmDR
2006-08
Anna Pihl SupportingMikkel NørgaardTV2
2003
DetaljerLead Bille AugustDR
2002
The HotelSupportingMorten ArnfredTV2
2001
De udvalgteSupportingHenrik Ruben GenzDR
Unit OneSupportingJannik JohansenDR
1999
ToastSupportingRhea LehmannDR
1998
HjerteflimmerSupportingRhea LehmannDR
1997
TaxaSupportingJørgen FaurskouDR
TusindfrydSupportingVibeke GadDR
Den hemmelige Tunnel /JulekalenderSupportingEsben Højlund CarlsenDR
1989
ElskereLeadStephan HenzelmannTV2
To som elsker hinandenSupportingAnne-Lise HovmannDR
1988
En MusicalLeadPiv BernthDR
1987
Frygtens MarkedSupportingSven AbrahamsenDR
BoksningLeadIb ThorupDR
1986
ådan er det bareLeadEbbe LangbergDR
1985
Fars PengeSupportingAase SmithDR
GuldlighterenLeadEbbe LangbergDR

Theater

2018
The Government InspectorThe MayorMadeleine Røn JuulNørrebro Teater
2017
Livsens OndskabClausen, Menneske MortensenChristoffer BredahlNørrebro Teater
2016
King ArthurMerlinHeinrich ChristensenThe Royal Theater
The Royal Physician’s VisitReventlowEmmet FeigenbergBetty Nansen Theater
The Ferry QueenPuckAniara AmosThe Royal Opera
2015
Bang og BettyHerman BangChristoffer BredahlFolketeatret
2012
Bang og BettyHerman BangChristoffer BredahlFolketeatret

Showreel

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