'Danish PM' gets starring role in HBO series
Agustin Millan · 15 Jul 2015, 15:05
Published: 15 Jul 2015 15:05 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Jul 2015 15:05 GMT+02:00
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Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen has been added to the cast of HBO's upcoming series Westworld, joining other new additions Clifton Collins (Pacific Rim), Eion Bailey (Fight Club, Band of Brothers) and Jimmi Simpson (The Newsroom, House of Cards).
Knudsen, who shot to international fame playing Danish Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg in Borgen, will also join well-known actors like Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood in the JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan production.
The Copenhagen-born actress will play the role of Theresa Cullen, the head of operations at a robot park, a role that was initially to be filled by Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings).
Knudsen has been getting more English-speaking roles following the conclusion of Borgen. Earlier this year, she starred in the erotic film The Duke of Burgundy.
She has also landed a role in A Hologram for the King, an upcoming film based on the Dave Eggers novel of the same name, which will star Tom Hanks and is expected to be released later this year.
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The new international roles don't mean Knudsen has left Denmark behind, however. She was recently seen in the DR series 1864. Knudsen's turn in Borgen earned her an Emmy Award nomination for best actress in 2010 and the series has joined previous successes The Killing and The Bridge as Denmark's most successful TV exports.
Knudsen is not the only Borgen actress to land in an HBO series. Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, who played reporter Katrine Fønsmark, appeared in an episode of the network's wildly-successful Game of Thrones.
An official trailer for Westworld was shown at the recent Comic Con but has not yet been released online.