Norwegian actress Ingrid Bolsø Berdal was born March 2, 1980 in Utøy, Inderøy. She began her career in the short film Limbo (2005) and got her first leading role in Norwegian slasher film Cold Prey (2006) which won her the Norwegian Amanda Award for Best Actress, and she was nominated for the same award for her role in Cold Prey 2 (2008). She has since appeared in over fourteen films, including Chernobyl Diaries (2013), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), and Hercules (2014). Beginning in 2016 through 2018 she played the role of Armistice in the HBO series Westworld (2016- ). Her breakout performance as a robot turned Western outlaw then renegade robot got her great reviews and attention.
After making several successful films in Norway, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal received more international attention with her work in Chernobyl Diaries (2013) and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), but the world stood up and took notice of the kickass actress when she played the only female warrior in 2014’s Hercules, fighting shoulder to shoulder with Dwayne Johnson, even though she only came up to his rib cage.
Ingrid began studying music and singing in high schools and continued studying at University of Trondheim (NTNU) studying jazz singing and improvisation for two years. Accepted at Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO), she moved to Oslo where she studied acting for three years. In her second year at Oslo National Academy she played the title role in Antigone, Sofia in Platonov. In her final year she played the role of Hedda Gabler in The Girl in The Name.
After graduating from Oslo National Academy, Ingrid was employed at The Norwegian Theatre in Oslo. After only one year at the theatre, she was awarded the Hedda Award (the Norwegian Theatre Award) for Best Debut of the Year. During her years at the theatre, she was seen in both classical and contemporary plays,including playing the role of Sasha in Ivanov, Shura in Black Milk, and the title character Princess of Burgundy in Yvonne.
Ingrid hosted the Norwegian Film Awards also known as the The Amanda Awards in both 2010 and 2012. It was in January 2011, that she opened Frøken Else, her monologue, at The Norwegian Theatre. Her performance received very positive reviews.
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal has her own YouTube channel to show off her pipes – check it out, she’s an astounding singer!
The Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 2017 honored Ingrid Bolsø Berdal with the Artemis Action Next Wave Award for portraying indelible, independent and powerful women onscreen from .