Karl David Sebastian Dencik
31 October 1974
Karl David Sebastian Dencik (born 31 October 1974) is a Danish-Swedish actor. He has acted in both Swedish and Danish films, and has also had major roles in English-language films and series including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; McMafia; Top of the Lake; Chernobyl; and the James Bond film No Time to Die.
Dencik was born in Stockholm, Sweden. His family moved to Denmark when he was very young. As a teenager, he spent his youth studying in Brazil, where he discovered Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. The dance aspect of Capoeira made him take an interest in theatre. He later moved back to Sweden and attended Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. His wife is a lawyer who works in Copenhagen. He uses Denmark as his base, but since his work takes him to Sweden he also has an apartment in Stockholm. His father is Lars Dencik, Professor of Social Psychology at Roskilde University, born in 1941 of Jewish parents from Slovakia, who escaped the Holocaust by finding refuge in Sweden. His mother was Kerstin Allroth-Dencik, a Film Commissioner for television networks in Scandinavia.
He portrayed Fred Åkerström in the biographical film Cornelis, starring Hank Von Helvete as Cornelis Vreeswijk. In 2011, he appeared in the Hollywood-adaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and played Toby Esterhase in the film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He also starred in the gay-themed Brotherhood and the Dimension Films thriller Regression. In 2017 he played brothel owner Alexander "Puss" Braun, in Jane Campion's acclaimed Top of the Lake. McMafia (2018) saw Dencik play Russian Boss, Uncle Boris Godman, inspired by the book McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld (2008) by journalist Misha Glenny.
|2007||All About My Bush||Henning|
|2008||Not Like Others||Taxi Driver|
|2009||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Janne Dahlman||Swedish version|
|2011||War Horse||German Base Camp Officer|
|Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Toby Esterhase|
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Young Morell||English version|
|2012||A Royal Affair||Ove Høegh-Guldberg|
|All That Matters Is Past||Ruud|
|Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation||Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden|
|2013||We Are the Best!||Klara's father|
|2014||The Absent One||Ulrik Dybbøl|
|Men & Chicken||Gabriel|
|2016||Across the Waters||Arne Itkin|
|2017||Backstabbing for Beginners||Rasnetsov|||
|The Snowman||Dr. Idar Vetlesen|
|2019||Waiting for the Barbarians||The Clerk|
|The Perfect Patient||Thomas Quick|
|2020||No Time to Die||Valdo Obruchev|
|2005||Lasermannen||John Ausonius||3 episodes|
|2011–12||Lykke||Professor Anders Assing||18 episodes|
|2016||The Borgias||Cardinal Orsini||2 episodes|
|Follow the Money||Simon Absalonsen||10 episodes|
|2017||Top of the Lake: China Girl||Puss||6 episodes|
|2017||Genius||Niels Bohr||3 episodes|
|2018||McMafia||Boris Godman||2 episodes|
|2019||Quicksand||Peder Sander||6 episodes|
|Chernobyl||Mikhail Gorbachev||3 episodes|
|2021||The Chestnut Man||Simon Genz||6 episodes|
- Quist, Dorte (2011-02-01). "David Dencik: Svært at miste min mor" (in Danish). Billed Bladet. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
- "Actor extraordinaire David Dencik!" (in Swedish). Sveriges Radio P3. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
Han kan hjula bra och är en capoeira-mästare.
- Dencik, Lars (2013-10-21). "The Art of Being Jewish in the Swedish Modernity" (PDF). Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
- "Kerstin Allroth" (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-04-30.
- Miska, Brad (2015-02-12). "Dimension's 'Regression' Trailer, In English This Time!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
- "Backstabbing for Beginners". Copenhagen Film Fund. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
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