Mads Mikkelsen Donates 50K Prize To Refugees

The Lauritzen Prize, which celebrates Denmark’s finest actors on stage and screen, was awarded to Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and Inge Sofie Skovbo at the Folketeatret in Copenhagen on Sunday.

First presented in 1993, the Lauritzen Prize began life as the Henkel Prize in 1965, which at that time was presented to female actors only. This year, both recipients of the main award received DKK 250,000 plus an additional DKK 50,000 to be donated to a cause of their choosing.

Mads Mikkelsen opted for which supports refugees seeking family members with whom they have lost contact due to their flight from war, persecution or poverty. Inge Sofie Skovbo made her contribution to Servicehunde til Handicappede (Service Dogs for the Disabled).

Meanwhile, Claes Bang (The Square) won the Wauw Prize and DKK 30,000, which is presented by the Lauritzen Foundation to an established actor who has appeared in an unexpected role or context.