With an impressive body of work spanning the course of two decades, Michael Nyqvist has evolved into one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors of his generation. Over the last few years, Nyqvist has made the successful transition into American cinema, exposing his work to a much broader international audience.
In 2015, Nyqvist co-starred opposite Dominic Monaghan in the international 12-part series „The Hundred Code”, which was created and co-written by Academy Award®-winning writer Bobby Moresco (CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY). Nyqvist played a Swedish by-the-book cop who gets paired with a New York detective to investigate and solve mysterious serial killings. He also co-starred opposite Keanu Reeves in the well-received revenge-thriller JOHN WICK, playing a Russian mob kingpin in New York.
Nyqvist recently completed production on John Moore's indie revenge-thriller I.T. opposite Pierce Brosnan, who also serves as a producer on the film. He completed production on Matthew Ross’ romantic thriller FRANK & LOLA, starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. Other American and international film credits include: THE GIRL KING, directed by Mika Kaurismäki, and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, starring Tom Cruise.
In 2010, Nyqvist garnered international attention starring as renegade journalist Michael Blomkvist in „Millennium”, a Swedish success series based on the trilogy of Stieg Larsson’s popular novels. The series, which aired on Swedish television in six parts, expanded on the three theatrically released films from 2009: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS' NEST. Nyqvist was nominated for a 2011 International Emmy Award in the „Best Performance by an Actor” category for his role in the „Millennium” series.
His first big breakthrough came in 2000 with the film TOGETHER, directed by Lukas Moodysson. The film was set in the 1970’s and followed the antics of life in a suburban commune in Stockholm. It reached great international success and earned Nyqvist his first Guldbagge Best Actor nomination. Nyqvist’s additional Swedish film credits include THE BLACK PIMPERNEL; SUDDENLY; Academy Award®-nominated AS IT IS IN HEAVEN; and THE GUY IN THE GRAVE NEXT DOOR, in which Nyqvist won a Guldbagge Best Actor award for his role as the farmer Benny.
Nyqvist, born in Stockholm in 1960, is also part of the permanent ensemble at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm.