Sidse Babett Knudsen: the Borgen star mixing Danish drama and Westminster intrigue

She is set to reprise her role as the prime minster in a new series of the hit Scandi drama, but the actor is just as excited to share the limelight in David Hare’s new BBC thriller, Roadkill

Sidse Babett Knudsen had an ulterior motive for joining the cast of BBC One’s new political thriller Roadkill, playing the mistress of Hugh Laurie’s ambitious Conservative minister. Sure, she is a fan of Roadkill’s writer, David Hare (whom she describes as “one of the gods”); in her theatre group days, she would regularly make the trip from Copenhagen to London to see his plays at the Royal Court. But that’s far from the whole story. “One of my favourite shows of all time is Veep, and Selina Meyer’s obsession with Hugh Laurie’s character is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen,” she says. “I thought if I could get a photo in bed with him and send it to her that could be so funny!”

It’s the kind of cunning plot that would certainly be beneath the dignity of Knudsen’s most famous character, Danish PM Birgitte Nyborg, in the soon-to-be revived drama Borgen. In any case, she confesses, the kompromat was never obtained. “I never really got around to do it. The ambience when we shot it wasn’t really all that silly.”

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Source: theguardian
Sidse Babett Knudsen: the Borgen star mixing Danish drama and Westminster intrigue