Date of birth: 13 June 1969 Family: Married with two sons Languages: Norwegian, various Norwegian dialects, English, French. Ragnhild is known for her versatility and wide range as an actress, and she has been very successful in roles that range all the way from comedy to tragedy. She is also highly musical: she sings wonderfully and is a very good classical pianist.
Ragnhild M. Gudbrandsen’s training includes several extended stays at the Roy Hart Theatre in the south of France from 1997 onwards. In Norway she studied at the Norwegian National Touring Theatre and Hordaland Theatre over the period 1989-1992.
ACTING / THEATRE
She made her début at Hordaland Theatre in 1993, in a powerful performance opposite Helge Jordal in Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. Three years later she appeared at Den Nationale Scene in Bergen in the box-office hit “My Fair Lady”, directed by Runar Borge. Since then she has played a wide variety of parts at Den Nationale Scene, including many lead roles.
These include comedies like “Noises Off” (2008), “Masquerade” by Holberg (2009), “Carnage” (2010) and “Forever Young” (2012). In spring 2013 her interpretation of Irina Arkadina in Chekov’s “The Seagull” received rave reviews from the press, which described her performance as brilliant. In 2013 she performed the monologue “Lilly Valentin” on the main stage at Den Nationale Scene. (This sell-out performance again received outstanding reviews from the press.) That year she also played the female lead in Frode Grytten’s “People like us”.
Ragnhild will soon take centre stage again in the Norwegian première of “A Conversation Before Death” by Adam Price. Here she plays Adolf Eickmann’s wife Veronica, alongside Øystein Røger.
In a number of musicals she has been able to show what a talented singer she is, with a wide emotional register. These include
“Cabaret” (2000), “På’an igjen”, J. Eggum (2005), Almodovar’s “All About My Mother” (Norwegian theatre première in 2001, with Ragnhild Gudbrandsen very well received in the title role). Other shows worth mentioning include “When The Rain Stops Falling” and various Jon Fosse shows.
CABARET / REVUE
In addition to the productions at Den Nationale Scene, she has also found time for other work.
This includes solo performances and a cabaret based on songs by Jacques Brel at Logen Theatre (2001), as well as collaborations with Transit, including “The Decision” by Brecht, which was the first Norwegian production to be invited to the Salzburg Festival.
FILM AND TV
Occupied <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4192998/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1> (TV Series) Wenche Arnesen – December Part 2 <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4492048/? ref_=nm_flmg_act_1> (2015) ... Wenche Arnesen
– December <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4492044/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1> (2015) ... Wenche Arnesen – November <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4492042/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1> (2015) ... Wenche Arnesen
- October <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4492040/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1> (2015) ... Wenche Arnesen – September <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4476422/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1> (2015) ... Wenche Arnesen Show all 10 episodes
2014 Mammon <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2377081/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_2> (TV Series) ... Librarian at NHH – Episode 4: The Pact <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3478916/? ref_=nm_flmg_act_2> (2014) ... Librarian at NHH
2011 A Marriage <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2010870/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3> (Short) ... Geir’s cousin
2009 Vegas <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1255956/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_5> ... Berit – Marianne’s foster mother
2008 S.O.S Summer of Suspense <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1186025/? ref_=nm_flmg_act_6> ... Eva
2008 Varg Veum – Fallen Angels <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1010265/? ref_=nm_flmg_act_7> ... Anita (as Ragnhild Gudbrandsen)