David Dencik Biography
Born on October 31, 1974, Karl David Sebastian Dencik is a renowned actor of Danish-Swedish descent. His versatile acting skills have allowed him to grace both Swedish and Danish films, as well as secure significant roles in English-language films and series.
Dencik was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and moved to Denmark at a young age. His teenage years were spent studying in Brazil, where he found his love for Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art incorporating elements of dance and music. This sparked his interest in theatre.
He later returned to Sweden and pursued his passion for acting at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. David Dencik’s career began with minor roles in various films, and he rose to prominence in Sweden for his role as killer John Ausonius in the 2005 TV mini-series Lasermannen. The following year, he starred in the comedy Everything About My Bush. In 2007, he featured in the Danish film Daisy Diamond directed by Simon Staho.
Dencik portrayed Fred Åkerström in the biographical film Cornelis. His 2011 roles included parts in the Hollywood adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and as Toby Esterhase in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
He also appeared in the gay-themed Brotherhood and the thriller Regression produced by Dimension Films. In 2017, he was cast as brothel owner Alexander “Puss” Braun, in the critically acclaimed Top of the Lake.
David Dencik starred as Uncle Boris Godman in McMafia in 2018, a character inspired by the book McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld by journalist Misha Glenny.
Dencik’s acting talent has earned him two Robert Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role for A Soap in 2006, and Best Actor in a Supporting Television Role for The Chestnut Man in 2021. Additionally, he won a Guldbagge Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Perfect Patient in 2019. He has also been nominated for the Bodil Award seven times.