Gisli Orn Gardarsson

Gisli Orn Gardarsson


Gísli Örn Gardarsson graduated as an actor from the Icelandic Academy of Arts in 2001. He is one of the founders of Vesturport and has participated in most of the group’s productions as an actor, director, writer and/or producer. He has had an ongoing work relationship with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis who have composed music for three of his productions. Vesturport received the European Theater Price in St. Petersburg in 2011
On stage he's performed in London's West End, Off Broadway, Sidney Theatre, the Kennedy Centre, Royal Shakespeare Company the National Theatre in London, the American Repertory theater in Boston, the Princess Theater in Toronto, the National Theater in Oslo and Reykjavik and the City Theater in Reykjavik to name some.
On screen he’s worked with prolific directors such as Mike Newell in the Prince of Persia, Baltasar Kormakur in The Oath, for which he won the Icelandic Academy Awards as best actor in 2017. And the male lead in Oystein Karlsen in the 10-episode TV series One Night, which will have its release in 2019.
Gísli Örn was awarded the European Shooting Star award at the Berlinale in 2007 for his role in the feature film Children, directed by Ragnar Bragason and The Icelandic Order of the Falcon, by the president of Iceland in 2010 for his contribution to the arts in Iceland. The award is the highest honor that the Icelandic state can bestow on individuals.


  • Height: 6' 4 (193cm)
  • Playing Age: 31 - 45
  • Hair Colour: Dark Brown
  • Hair Length: Mid Length
  • Appearance: White, Eastern European


Terra Infirma, Mike, Greenwomb Productions (director: Max Mannix)
Grave Bones, Sigurdur, OgFilms (director: Anton Sigurdsson)
Ofeigur Gengur Aftur, Ingi, Isfilm (director: Agust Gudmundsson)
City State, Joi, Poppoli Pictures (director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson)
Undercurrent, Benni, Zik Zak and Vesturport (director: Arni Olafur Asgeirsson)
Jitters, Haraldur, Icelandic Filmcompany (director: Baldvin Zophoníasson)
Prince of Persia, Lead Hassansin, Disney (director: Mike Newell)
Beowulf and Grendel, Eric (director: Sturla Gunnarsson)
Children (Born), Gardar, Vesturport Films (director: Ragnar Bragason)
Parents, Gardar, The Ensemble Ltd (director: Ragnar Bragason)
Drama Rama, Darri, Zik Zak Filmworks (director: Ragnar Bragason)


Beowulf, Breca (LEAD) ITV (director: Various)
Pressa 2, Krummi, Stod 2 / Saga Film (director: Oskar Jonasson)
Mannaveidar, Main, Ruv (director: Björn Br. Björnsson)


Don John, Don John, RSC/Kneehigh (director: Emma Rice)
A Matter of Life and Death, The Conductor, National Theatre (director: Emma Rice)
Metamorphisis, Gregor, Lyric Hammersmith (directors: David Farr/ Gisli Orn Gardarsson)
Nights at the Circus, Jack Walser, Lyric Hammersmith (director: Emma Rice)
Rambo 7, Julli Saeko, National Theatre Iceland (director: Egill H. A. Palsson)
Romeo & Juliet, Romeo, Playhouse Theatre/Young Vic/ Reykjavik (director: Gisli Orn Gardarsson)
Brim (Surf), Benni, Vesturport & Artbox (director: Jon Atli Jonasson)
Mr Man, Various, Vesturport & Artbox (director: Egill H. A. Palsson)
Puntilla and Matti, Frorik, Reykjavik City Theatre (director: Guojon Pedersen)
Titus Andronicus, Saturninus, Vesturport (director: Bjorn Hlynur Haraldson)
Like Water for Chocolate, Pedro, Reykjavik City Theatre (director: Hilmar Jonsson)
Bodordin, Vali, Reykjavik City Theatre (director: Vidar Eggerston)
Kristnihald Undir Jokli, Reykjavik City Theatre (director: Bergur Por)
Love, Lyric Hammersmith (director: Gisli Orn Gardarsson)
Metamorphsis, Lyric Hammersmith (director: Gisli Orn Gardarsson)