Nicolai Cleve Broch

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Nicolai Cleve Broch
Nicolai Cleve Broch som konge i spelet 2004.jpg
Nicolai Cleve Broch

(1975-11-14) 14 November 1975 (age 43)
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Heidi Gjermundsen Broch

Nicolai Cleve Broch (born 14 November 1975) is a Norwegian actor of theatre and film. He rose to national fame playing one of the leading roles in the 2002 drama series Lekestue, which aired on NRK in 2002.[1] He is also known for playing the protagonist in Buddy, a romantic comedy from 2003. Other major film credits include Uno, Uro and Den siste revejakta. More recently, Cleve Broch was nominated for an Amanda Award for his portrayal of World War II resistance fighter Gregers Gram in Max Manus. Often appearing alongside Aksel Hennie, the two have been referred to as "Norway's Ben Affleck and Matt Damon".[2]


Cleve Broch received his education at the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre from 1996 to 1999.[3] He made his debut in the play Hjalmar og Frode. From 2005, Cleve Broch has been at Nationaltheatret, where he has portrayed Julian the Apostate in Henrik Ibsen's Emperor and Galilean.[1] He has previously been employed at Oslo Nye Teater and Det Norske Teatret, where he has appeared in plays such as The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee.[1] Cleve Broch was named "Theatre Talent of the Year" in 2002 by Dagbladet.[4]

Film and television[edit]

Cleve Broch made his film debut in 1995, in the Swedish-Norwegian coming-of-age film Sebastian. In 2002, Cleve Broch became well known for playing Roger, a kindergarten teacher, on NRK's 2002 drama series Lekestue.[3] Critics praised him for his "dreamlike charisma" and "expressive, awkward, body language", and he was nominated for an award in the category "Best male actor" in Gullruten for his performance.[3] The following year, Cleve Broch got his big break in Buddy, a romantic comedy directed by Morten Tyldum.[5] The film revolves around two friends, played by Cleve Broch and Aksel Hennie, and their ascent from being billboard hangers to getting their own segment in a popular talk show.[5] According to Cleve Broch, "it was a challenge to make all the storylines affect my character and the way he sees things".[5] The film was well received by critics, who highlighted its "perfect cast",[6] and were impressed with what was coined a "new generation of [Norwegian] film actors".[7]

In 2004, Cleve Broch took on another film role alongside Aksel Hennie, this time in Uno (2004), a drama set in a shady gym in Oslo. Cleve Broch plays Morten, the best friend of David (Hennie). The film was a critical success. Verdens Gang and Dagbladet both rated it 5 out of 6,[8][9] while Birger Vestmo of NRK P3 gave it 6/6.[10] Vestmo praised Cleve Broch for believably portraying the cowardly Morten,[10] while Adresseavisen commended Cleve Broch and Hennie for their "spontaneous interplay".[11] In 2006, Cleve Broch starred opposite Ane Dahl Torp in Uro, a crime film directed by Stefan Faldbakken. His portrayal of the undercover police officer Hans Petter "HP" Hansen was generally well received. Nettavisen's reviewer felt that Cleve Broch carried the film, and praised him for "brilliantly unfolding Hans Petter's troubled mind".[12] Both he and Dahl Torp were nominated for Amanda Awards, for "Best Leading Actor" and Best Leading Actress", respectively.[13]

Cleve Broch once again starred alongside Hennie in Max Manus, a 2008 war film based on real events from the life of resistance fighter Max Manus, played by Hennie. Cleve Broch portrays Gregers Gram, fellow resistance fighter and best friend of Manus.[14] Cleve Broch found it easy to play Hennie's best friend. "Once, many years ago, we were going to play friends, and while preparing for that, we hung out together every day for a whole summer", he recalled.[14] In an interview on TV 2, he expressed pride that he performed all the stunts himself.[15] In preparation for the film, the actors got to fire live ammunition, something "one rarely gets to do" in Norwegian film, according to Cleve Broch.[15] He was once again critically lauded for his on-screen interactions with Hennie, particularly for being able to emphasize the special friendship and humour between Manus and Gram.[16] He received an Amanda Award nomination in the category "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" for his performance.[15]

As an actor, Cleve Broch is noted for radically changing his appearance for his different roles, such a getting physically fit for Uno and Uro, growing a large beard and long hair for Den siste revejakta, and bleaching his hair for his role in Max Manus.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Nicolai Cleve Broch is married to his long-time girlfriend Heidi Gjermundsen Broch, who has received education at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre.[18] She got her break playing Eliza Doolittle in Oslo Nye Teater,[4] and has also received attention for her roles in Mamma Mia!, and particularly as Édith Piaf in Piaf.[18] The couple has two sons, Jakob and Jørgen.[18] Cleve Broch is the half-brother of actress Ida Elise Broch.[17]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1995 Sebastian Ulf
2003 Buddy Kristoffer Haukeland
2004 Uno Morten
2006 Uro Hans Petter "HP" Hansen Nominated - Amanda Award for Best Actor
2007 Lønsj Marius
2008 Den siste revejakta Robert
2008 Max Manus Gregers Gram Nominated - Amanda Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2010 Essential Killing Helicopter Pilot
2015 Frikjent Aksel


  1. ^ a b c Wiik, Steinar (2009-04-03). "Nicolai Cleve Broch — Store norske leksikon" (in Norwegian). Store norske leksikon. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  2. ^ Ramberg, Aleksander (2008-12-18). "Mannen som hoppet ut vinduet" (in Norwegian). ab24. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  3. ^ a b c "Møt Nicolai Cleve Broch!" (in Norwegian). NRK. 2003-08-13. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  4. ^ a b Fantoft, Sissel (2003-09-04). "Inn for gravid Heidi" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  5. ^ a b c Østli, Kjetil S. (2003-07-04). "En film om byen de elsker" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  6. ^ Selås, Jon (2003-08-22). "Godt norsk" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Archived from the original on 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  7. ^ Alver, Eirik (2003-08-22). "Søt med bismak" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  8. ^ Bentzrud, Inger (2004-08-22). "Ikke mors beste barn" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  9. ^ Sand, Ellen Margrethe (2004-08-22). "Dyktig debut" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 2009-08-23.[dead link]
  10. ^ a b Vestmo, Birger (2004-09-24). "Uno (6)" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  11. ^ "Debutdrama med alvor og nerve" (in Norwegian). Adresseavisen. 2004-08-23. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  12. ^ Johnsen, Vibeke (2006-05-22). "Urolige sjeler" (in Norwegian). Nettavisen. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  13. ^ Hverven, Marit (2007-06-26). "Og de nominerte er ..." (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  14. ^ a b ANB-NTB (2008-12-18). "Grundig skildring av Max Manus". Telemarksavisa. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  15. ^ a b c Laache, Camilla (2009-08-21). "Nicolai Cleve Broch skjøt med ekte kuler" (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 2009-08-23.[dead link]
  16. ^ Sæverås, Nils Olav (2008-12-18). "Max Manus" (in Norwegian). Bergensavisen. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  17. ^ a b "Nicolai Cleve Broch" (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  18. ^ a b c "Heidi Gjermundsen" (in Norwegian). TV 2. Retrieved 2009-08-23.

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