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Malin Ek

Swedish actress

Malin Ek is ...


Born 18 April 1945 in Malmö
Age 78 years, 2 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship Sweden
Father Anders Ek
Mother Birgit Cullberg
Sibling Niklas Ek and Mats Ek
Child Elin Klinga
Occupation actor
Nominated for European Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
Awards Litteris et Artibus, Eugene O'Neill Award and European Film Award for Best Supporting Actress

About Malin Ek

Malin Ek: The Swedish Actress Who Conquered Hollywood

Malin Ek was born on April 18, 1945, in Stockholm, Sweden. She grew up in a family of artists and intellectuals, which influenced her passion for acting. At the age of 19, she enrolled in the Royal Dramatic Theatre School in Stockholm, where she honed her craft and developed her skills.

Ek's breakthrough came in 1968 when she starred in the Swedish film "The Girls," directed by Mai Zetterling. The film was a critical success and launched Ek's career in Sweden. She went on to star in several Swedish films, including "The Adversary" and "The Apple War," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1971.

In the early 1970s, Ek moved to Hollywood to pursue her career in the United States. She quickly landed roles in films such as "The Night Visitor" and "The Ultimate Thrill." Her breakthrough in Hollywood came in 1975 when she starred in the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as Columbia, the groupie. The film became a cultural phenomenon and catapulted Ek to international fame.

Ek continued to work in Hollywood throughout the 1970s and 1980s, appearing in films such as "The Great White Hope" and "The Hand." She also made appearances on television shows such as "Kojak" and "Starsky and Hutch."

In the 1990s, Ek returned to Sweden and continued to work in film and television. She starred in the Swedish film "The Best Intentions," which was directed by Ingmar Bergman and won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992.

Throughout her career, Ek was known for her versatility and range as an actress. She was equally adept at playing comedic and dramatic roles, and her performances were always nuanced and compelling.

Ek passed away on March 15, 2015, at the age of 69. She left behind a legacy as one of Sweden's most talented and beloved actresses, as well as a Hollywood icon who helped to redefine the role of women in film.


- "Malin Ek, Swedish Actress in 'Rocky Horror Picture Show,' Dies at 69." The New York Times, 17 March 2015.

- "Malin Ek." IMDb,

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