Persbrandt is internationally known for his starring role in the Academy Award winning foreign feature, In A Better World, directed by Susanne Bier. His performance earned him a 2011 European Film Award nomination for Best Actor.
His interest in acting started when working as an extra in Ingmar Bergman's staging of William Shakespeare's King Lear.
In the early 1990s, Mikael starred in a popular TV series, Rederiet (The Shipping Company.) He has also starred in other series such as Storstad, Den vite riddare, Anna Holt- Polis and in Medicinmannen.
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