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Petronella Barker

British-born Norwegian actress

Petronella Barker is ...


Born 29 October 1965 in Colchester
Age 57 years, 8 months

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship Norway
Occupation actor

About Petronella Barker

Petronella Barker: The Norwegian-Born Actress Who Conquered the British Stage

Petronella Barker was born on October 29, 1965, in London, England, to a Norwegian mother and a British father. She grew up in Norway and studied acting at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Oslo.

Barker's career began in the early 1990s when she landed a role in the Norwegian film "Hodet Over Vannet" (Head Above Water). Her performance in the film caught the attention of British theater director Peter Hall, who invited her to join his company at the National Theatre in London.

Barker quickly made a name for herself on the British stage, earning critical acclaim for her performances in productions of "The Seagull," "The Winter's Tale," and "The Cherry Orchard." She also appeared in several British television shows, including "The Bill" and "Silent Witness."

In 2002, Barker returned to Norway and continued to work in theater, film, and television. She received a Norwegian Amanda Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film "Hawaii, Oslo" in 2004.

Barker's most recent work includes the Norwegian television series "Kampen for tilværelsen" (The Struggle for Existence) and the film "Kongens nei" (The King's Choice), which was Norway's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards.

Barker is known for her versatility as an actress, seamlessly transitioning between comedic and dramatic roles. She has also been praised for her ability to convey complex emotions with subtlety and nuance.

Offstage, Barker is a passionate advocate for environmental causes and has been involved in several campaigns to protect Norway's natural resources.

With a career spanning over three decades, Petronella Barker has established herself as one of Norway's most talented and respected actresses. Her contributions to both Norwegian and British theater and film have earned her a place among the greats of her craft.


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