On Tuesday, the 58th Festival de Télévision in Monte-Carlo awarded the Nymphe d’Or for Best Actor to Johannes Lassen for his role in Danish hostage drama Below The Surface (Gidseltagningen), against stiff competition from Ioan Gruffudd (Liar), Billy Campbell (Cardinal) and Charles Berling (The Frozen Dead).
In Below The Surface, when fifteen people are taken hostage in a subway train, a terror taskforce led by Philip Norgaard (Johannes Lassen) and Louise Falk (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen) is dispatched to rescue them.
Meanwhile, reporter Naja Toft (Paprika Steen) acts as a go-between for the hostages and police and, as the media frenzy takes hold, the country becomes divided on whether to negotiate with the terrorists or not. A second season is in development.
The Nymphe d’Or (Golden Nymph) is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards in the world for international television production. The statue itself is a copy of the Nymphe de Salmacis created by Monaco sculptor François Joseph Bosio, who was sculptor for King Louis XVIII, and the original is kept at the Louvre Museum in Paris.