Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

  • Danish actress
  • Born January 16, 1982

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (born 19 January 1982) is a Danish actress. She has been nominated for three Robert Awards and one Bodil Award. Born in Hillerød and raised in Birkerød, Sørensen aspired to an acting career after watching the West End production of the musical Chicago while at school. She graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Her acting debut was in a minor role in the television series The Eagle in 2005. She followed this by playing Roxie Hart in a Copenhagen production of Chicago, and later on the West End.

If you go for an audition, you have a character description, and for the women, it's always about being beautiful, sexy. And for the men it's more about the character than how he appears physically. That annoys me.

On Christmas Eve, we have a duck or roast pork with caramelised potatoes, braised red cabbage and gravy. For dessert, we have ris a l'amande, a rice pudding, and whoever gets the whole almond in it wins an extra present. Then we dance around the tree and sing carols.

When I was starring as Roxie Hart in 'Chicago,' I got my stiletto heel caught in my fishnet tights and fell flat on my face. It was incredibly painful and not something you can cover up.

In Copenhagen, we all ride bicycles everywhere, partly because it is impossible to park a car, but also because you can cross the city in 20 minutes on a bike.

Right before I graduated from the national theatre school, I got the part of Roxie Hart in 'Chicago' in Copenhagen. That led to me playing it here in London. I was 26 when I came over for that. It was the first thing I did as a professional, and it is still the experience of my life.

Singing and dancing are the greatest emotional outlets you can have.

Usually, when you get early versions of scripts, they are not very good. I found 'Borgen' amazing from the very first read-through because of how fast-paced and gripping it was. It felt more international because of the way it didn't dwell on the characters' personal lives as many Danish shows used to, but still, nobody thought it would travel.

I've tried to pitch 'Borgen - the Musical,' but they just won't listen to me!

I think one of the reasons 'Borgen' has such a following is because the characters are quite positive people.

I've been told that no one knows what happens in the future on 'Game of Thrones.' To my knowledge, I've shot one episode. So I'm as excited as anyone else to find out what happens.

Quite a lot of British women stop working when they have children, and that is rarely the case in Denmark. We have a very flat, structured way of approaching everything. Nobody's the boss. In a sense, we're all equal.

I was a good student - a geek, really - editor of the school paper, thought I was going to go to university.

Whenever I have a few hours to dive into a book, I am happy.

Acting and singing were just a hobby, but getting into drama school made me realise I could actually do it for a living.

I ride my bike past the Danish Parliament, and it's very accessible - there's really no security!

At some point, they must do a 'Borgen' tour in Copenhagen. Like the 'Sex and the City' tour, but on bicycles.

In film or TV work, you can have this amazingly dramatic pause, and they'll just edit it out.

Denmark as a country has always looked up to England. I've always felt that British actors are fantastic. There's a strong theatre tradition in your country, and that is reflected in TV and film as well. We've always thought that for crime series, you were the masters, and the general feeling the Danes have of British drama is that it's excellent.

In many senses, 'Borgen' was a very democratic show. I was always invited to hear the writers' thoughts for the next episodes and allowed to comment on them.

The thing with drama is you're allowed to invent people who are maybe slightly better than real people.

'Coriolanus' deals with the birth of democracy. And that has been fascinating because I've been talking about politics so much because of 'Borgen.' It's a nice bridge.

In the U.K., journalists are a little bit more ruthless than in Denmark. I have a feeling the tabloid press in the U.K. is pretty harsh.

It's the prerogative of the writer to rewrite the world into one he would like to exist.

After 'Pitch Perfect' premiered, I've got so many sweet expressions from people who enjoyed 'Pitch Perfect' and now the episode of 'Game of Thrones.'

I've done so much travelling in the past few years, and when you travel, you realise that we do actually have a cool, clean look in Scandinavia - it's not just Denmark - which I think brings peace if you have it in your home.

I adore Copenhagen, where I live, but I'm really drawn to New York.

I'd love to play a villain in BBC drama 'Sherlock' - some sort of evil, slinky blonde would be right up my street.

When I was a kid, my sisters and I used to get a little present in our stocking each day of December, usually an ornament, some sweets, or a little toy.

For me, art is like a big support group, where you go and meet people who think the same way, and you go, 'Okay, I'm not nuts.'

Strong female leads make more of an impact in the U.K. than in Denmark.

If I can iron out my accent, it opens up another world of possible jobs. Whereas if you have that very strong European accent, it leaves you always being cast as the Hungarian maid or the stripper or whatever. I have voice lessons, and my coach has given me different tongue-twisters to rehearse at home.

When I approach any script, I always try to find what I would relate to most in it.

On a perfect weekend, I'll stay in bed until I am rested, though I am not someone who sleeps late. Then I'll go for a run through the parks nearby, even if it is frosty and cold, and I love meeting friends for brunch. You know you are truly on a day off if you have time to do brunch.

Any director or writer or artist has the right to do what they want to do - freedom of expression is something I celebrate.

I used to watch a lot of American and British television as a child, which helped teach me the language and accents; it was partly that which landed me the part of Roxy in a London production of 'Chicago' when I was 25.

Don't worry about not fitting in. The things that make people think you're weird are what makes you you, and therefore your greatest strength.