Hera Hilmar

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Hera Hilmar
Hera Hilmar on MTV Movies.jpg
Speed Dating , 2018
Born (1988-12-27) 27 December 1988 (age 33)
Iceland
OccupationActress
Years active2007–2019

Hera Hilmar (born 27 December 1988)[1] is an Icelandic movie and television actress.

Personal life[change | change source]

Hilmar is the daughter of the film director Hilmar Oddsson and the actress Thorey Sigthorsdottir (Þórey Sigþórsdóttir).[1][2][3] Her grandfather was the playwright and theater director Oddur Björnsson.

She graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2011.[4]

Career[change | change source]

Hilmar was nominated for an Edda as Actress of the Year in a leading role in 2007 for her role in The Quiet Storm. Later she won the same award, twice, first in 2015 for her role as Eik in Life in a Fishbowl, and then in 2017 for her role as Anna in The Oath.[5] She was also chosen as one of Europe's Shooting Stars at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, as well as winning a ‘special mention’ at the Zurich Film Festival for her role in Life in a Fishbowl.

She played Lillie Rowe, a 20-year-old nurse from a prominent Philadelphia family, in a period drama film The Ottoman Lieutenant.[6]

In February 2017, Hilmar was cast in the lead role of Hester Shaw in Peter Jackson’s film, based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines. Writer Philippa Boyens described Hilmar's audition via Skype was "flawless". She recounted the challenges. That film, as of 2021, is currently her last international film role before the coronavirus pandemic.[7][8]

She starred in the Apple TV+ series SEE recently as Maghra, the wife of Baba Voss, a character played by Jason Momoa.

She signed on for two projects with the Icelandic Film Centre: a short film called The Wish and a film titled Svar við bréfi Helgu.

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Quiet Storm Disa
2008 Two Birds Lara
2012 Leaving Paulina 3 episodes
World Without End Margery
 Anna Karenina   Varya
2013 The Fifth Estate Wikileaks staffer #2
We Are the Freaks Iona
2013-2015 Da Vinci's Demons Vanessa Moschella 25 episodes
2014 Get Santa PC Boyle
Life in a Fishbowl Eik
2016 The Oath Anna
2017 An Ordinary Man Tanja
The Ottoman Lieutenant Lillie Rowe
2018 The Ashram Sophie
Mortal Engines Hester Shaw
The Romanoffs Ondine
2019 SEE Maghra
2020 Óskin Short
Svar við bréfi Helgu Helga Filming

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Alltaf góðir vinir". mbl.is (in Icelandic). 22 June 2008.
  2. "Registers Iceland". Archived from the original on 2014-07-09. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
  3. Simon, Alissa (2015-05-21). "International Star You Should Know: 'Da Vinci's Demons' Actress Hera Hilmar". Variety. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  4. "Bast No. 7". Archived from the original on 2014-10-24.
  5. "Eddan – Íslensku kvikmynda- og sjónvarpsverðlaunin". 2007. Archived from the original on 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
  6. Sharon Edelson (3 March 2017). "Hera Hilmar's History Lesson". WWD. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
  7. Kroll, Justin (2017-02-07). "Newcomer Hera Hilmar Lands Female Lead in Peter Jackson's 'Mortal Engines'". Variety. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  8. Christina Radish (2018-12-13). "Hera Hilmar on 'Mortal Engines' and the Challenge of Bringing Hester Shaw to Life". Retrieved 2019-10-30.

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