Mikael Persbrandt is one of the greatest stars of the stage and screen in Swedish history. He has gone from theater critics’ darling to relentlessly hounded by the media during his most vulnerable moments. He has captivated audiences on stage as well as on screen, having starred in legendary productions of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and Strindberg’s Playing With Fire and Miss Julie, to name but a few. He has played iconic roles in film and on television, such as Sjöwall & Wahlöö’s Gunvald Larsson, Beorn in Peter Jackon’s The Hobbit, and most recently Kjartan in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur.
Carl-Johan Vallgren is an award-winning author and musician. His books have been translated into 25 languages, and his smash hit The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot was awarded the 2002 August Prize. Carl-Johan Vallgren is beloved by critics and readers alike, and his books have sold more than 800 000 copies in Sweden alone.
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