Lars Mikkelsen Wins Best Actor Emmy Award

Lars Mikkelsen was named Best Actor at the International Emmy Awards on Monday for his role in Ride Upon the Storm (Herrens Veje), which has been sold to 77 countries including Walter Presents in the UK

Ride Upon the Storm follows a family, headed by Johannes (Lars Mikkelsen), who have been priests for more than 250 years. However, his sons are now desperate to free themselves from his tyranny, so the devout August becomes an army chaplain in the Middle East, while wayward Christian heads to Tibet.

Lars Mikkelsen told DR: “It’s completely surreal. There were so many strong performances from the other nominees. For many years, Denmark has been at the forefront of drama, and this prize underlines that we can still be counted upon. I’m so happy and honoured.”

Competition in the Best Actor category this year came from Julio Andrade in Um Contra Todos (Brazil), Billy Campbell in Cardinal (Canada), and Tolga Saritas in Soz (Turkey).

Producer Camilla Hammerich said of the award: “It’s a great honour and delight for DR and Denmark that Lars Mikkelsen has received this year’s international Emmy for his role in Ride Upon The Storm. He deserves it.”

“For over two years, Lars has lived and breathed his character Johannes, and with his brilliant acting talent and unrelenting work, he has created a stunning portrait of a multifaceted and violent human being. Right now, Lars Mikkelsen is one of Denmark’s greatest actors.”