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Paprika Steen

Paprika Kirstine Steen

Paprika Kirstine Steen

Paprika Kirstine Steen full name of Paprika Steen, a Danish actress and film director best known for her performances in the films Festen | The Celebration (1998), Idioterne | The Idiots (1998) and Elsker dig for evigt | Open Hearts (2002). Steen’s considerable dramatic talent and potential is reinforced by a strong sense of humor that shines through in her work. While audiences may laugh hard, Steen remains sympathetic to the characters she portrays.

As a teen, she started her career performing on stage in various contemporary stage productions and has been associated with the Royal Danish Theatre since 1997. She is the first actress to win both Best Leading Actress (for Okay (2002)) and Best Supporting Actress (for Open Hearts (2002)) at the Bodil awards since Karin Nellemose won both awards in 1949.

Paprika Steen was born on 3 November 1964 in Frederiksberg, Denmark to musician and conductor Niels Jørgen Steen and actress Avi Sagild. Steen applied thirteen times to the Acting School of Odense Theatre before being accepted. However, since her success in the Dogme films, she has worked consistently and is one of the most highly regarded contemporary Danish actresses. Paprika made her directorial debut with the award-winning 2004 drama “Aftermath,” and followed with the 2007 comedy, “With Your Permission.

Paprika Steen is married to producer Mikael Rieks.


Name: Paprika Kirstine Steen
Other name: Paprika Steen
Born: 3 November 1964
Star Sign: Scorpio
Birth Place: Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Eye Color:
Profession: Actress, Director
Years Active 1988-present
Citizenship: Denmark
Language: Danish


  • Spouse: Mikael Christian Rieks
  • Siblings: Nikolaj Steen, Kim Sagild
  • Children: Otto Leonardo Steen Rieks
  • Parents: Niels Jørgen Steen, Avi Sagild


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Notable Works Of Paprika Steen


  • Rami og Julie (1988)
  • Sort høst (1993)
  • Tre små historier (1993)
  • Frække Frida og de frygtløse spioner (1994)
  • Frihedens skygge (1994)
  • Kun en pige (1995)
  • De største helte (1996)
  • Hannibal & Jerry (1997)
  • Festen (1998)
  • Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)
  • Idioterne (1998)
  • Den lille ridder (1999)
  • Den eneste ene (1999)
  • Solen er så rød (1999)
  • Mifunes sidste sang (1999)
  • Max (2000)
  • Help! I’m a Fish (2000)
  • Prop & Berta (2001)
  • Okay (2002)
  • Elsker dig for evigt (2002)
  • Drengen der ville gøre det umulige (2002)
  • Stealing Rembrandt (2003)
  • De drabbade (2003)
  • Adams æbler (2005)
  • Snart kommer tiden (2006)
  • Vikaren (2007)
  • Fear Me Not (2008)
  • Applaus (2009)
  • Everything will be Fine (2010)
  • Skeletons (2010)
  • SuperClásico (2011)
  • Keep the Lights On (2012)
  • Love Is All You Need (2013)


  • Lad de små børn… (DK, 2004)
  • Til døden os skiller (DK, 2007)
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