Birth Date: March 22, 1956 / Age: 59
Birth Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Biography: Lena Olin (born March 22, 1956) is an internationally acclaimed actress. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden as the youngest of three children. Her father, Stig Olin was also an actor and appeared in several of Ingmar Bergman's films. After studying acting at the drama school of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Olin performed on stage classic plays of Shakespeare and Ibsen and appeared in smaller roles of several Swedish films directed by Bergman. It was he who casted her for the first time, after she had not passed her first audition because of her shyness. Later she acted at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, directed by Bergman.
Olin's international debut in a lead role was in the 1984 Swedish film After the Rehearsal, which directed by Bergman. The year before she appeared in Bergman's Fanny and Alexander. In 1988, Olin starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in her first American film, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and became a well-known and respected actress. In 1989, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Enemies: A Love Story, in which she portrayed the survivor of a Nazi camp.
Olin is today a prominent member of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where she began her career as young actress. She appears in many different plays, from classic to contemporary.
Olin married twice. Her first spouse was Örjan Ramberg, from whom she divorced. In 1994, she married Lasse Hallström, a film director with whom she collaborated with in the 2000 film Chocolat. Chocolat went on to receive five Academy Award nominations.
From 2002 to 2003, Olin appeared opposite Jennifer Garner in her first television role on the second season of the American television series Alias. For her work on the series as Irina Derevko, Olin received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2003. Olin received immense critical acclaim for her part in Alias, and was rumored to have been offered a salary upwards of $100,000 per episode to remain part of the cast. She left the show after her first and only season, however, to spend more time with her family in New York.
In May 2005, Olin returned for a two-episode appearance at the end of the show's fourth season. No word has yet been announced as to whether she will make any appearances in the sixth season, due to premiere in January 2006.
She currently lives in New York with her husband and two children, August and Tora.