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 breakthrough 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. 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. 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 title 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”). In 2012 scored what is generally considered his greatest stage success as the controversial 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 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 film debut as a bisexual man in Morten Arnfreds “Heaven and Hell” (Himmel og helvede) based on Kirsten Thorups acclaimed novel).

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. 

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.

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.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Awards

2018
Winner: The Reumert Award for his performance in 'The Government Inspector' at Nørrebro Teater
2015
Winner: Best Actor of the year. Danish Theater Association
2012
Winner: 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
Nominee: 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: Bodil Awards: Best Actor 'De nøgne træer'
Winner: Best Actor at The Cairo International Film Festival for his lead performance in 'De nøgne træer'
Winner: Robert: Best Actor 'De nøgne træer'
1989
Winner: Bodil Award: Best Actor in a leading rolle 'Himmel og Helvede'

Film

2018
Lykke PerDelftBille AugustNordisk Film
2016
Kærlighed og andre katastroferSupportingSofie StougaardFilm og Lydholm
2009
Bag Blixens maskeSupportingMorten HenriksenNo Exit Production
2007
De unge år: Erik NietzscheSupportingJacob ThuesenZentropa Film
Hvid NatLaubjergJannik JohansenNimbus Film
2006
Clash of Egos / Sprængfarlig bombeChristianTomas Villum JensenNordisk Film
2005
NynnePoul Erik ØJonas ElmerAngel Films
2004
AfgrundenFilminstruktørenTorben Skjødt JensenPoint of No Return
1999
BesatSørenAnders Rønnow KlarlundZentropa
Magnetisøren's femte vinterFriedrich MeisnerMorten HenriksenMagic Hour Film
1992
The Russian SingerJack AndersenMorten ArnfredNordisk Film
1990
De Nøgne TræerHolger MikkelsenMorten Henriksen Magic Hour Film
1989
Planetens SpejleAdam MorgensternJytte RexLocomotion Kofod Schiller
Dagens DonnaLasse JohansonStefan HenzelmanDansk Filmindustri
A Day in OctoberLarsenKenneth Madsen Panorama Film
1988
Himmel og HelvedeJonniMorten ArnfredMetronome Film

Short films

1999
Susanne SillemannRolfCæcilia Holbek TrierCrone Film
1997
The Man from the DeepSupportingMartin Hagbjer
Manden fra DybetLeadMartin Hagbjerg
Skyernes skygge rammer migLeadJonas Cornell Zentropa
Hænderne opFarMorten HenriksenMagic Hour Film
1996
SkæbnetimenAllanEva Bjerregaard Crone Film
SkæbnetimenSupportingEva BjerregaardCrone Film
1995
Pigen med de grønne øjneLeadHelge Sten-KnudsenMetronome Film
1987
En hård dags natLeadElisabeth RygaardFilm & Lyd

Television

2019
Sygeplejeskolen Poul ClementSF Studios
2017
RitaBjarne UlriksenLars KaalundTV2
2015
BadehotelletRedaktør BruunHans Fabian WullenweberTV2
2009
The Killing / ForbrydelsenFlemming RossingDR
2008
NormalerweizeVarious RolesFine & Mellow Productions
2006-08
Anna Pihl Mark EngbergMikkel NørgaardTV2
2003
DetaljerLead Bille AugustDR
2002
The HotelFrank LassenMorten ArnfredTV2
2001
De udvalgteAllan RuudHenrik Ruben GenzDR
Unit One / RejseholdetHans Henrik KirschnerJannik JohansenDR
1999
ToastArneRhea LehmannDR
1998
HjerteflimmerLarsRhea LehmannDR
1997
Den hemmelige Tunnel /JulekalenderOozEsben Højlund CarlsenDR
TaxaSupportingJørgen FaurskouDR
TusindfrydMikkel's FatherVibeke GadDR
1989
To som elsker hinandenGottschalckAnne-Lise HovmannDR
ElskereLeadStephan HenzelmannTV2
1988
En MusicalLeadPiv BernthDR
1987
BoksningJohnnyIb ThorupDR
Frygtens MarkedSupportingSven AbrahamsenDR
Sådan er det bare PeterDR
1986
ådan er det bareLeadEbbe LangbergDR
1985
GuldlighterenLeadEbbe LangbergDR
Fars PengeSupportingAase SmithDR

Theater

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

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