Lena Endre (born 8 July 1955) is a Swedish actress of film and television, primarily in the Swedish and Norwegian markets, known for her parts in the Liv Ullmann film Trolösa (2000), and the Millennium series of films (e.g., The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), based on the eponymous trio of Stieg Larsson books. Endre made her English-language debut in 2012, in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s movie The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Lena Endre was born in Lidingö, Stockholm County and grew up in Härnösand, Ångermanland, and Trollbäcken, Tyresö. Initially, she was studying Marine Biology before dropping out to work at a record store; she participated in amateur theater during this time. She acted as a part of the Teater Sputnik and Inge Waern’s Theatre Studio theater groups in 1979. In 1983, she was accepted to the Stockholm Academy of the Performing Arts.
Endre graduated Stockholm Academy of the Performing Arts in 1986 and had her breakthrough in the Swedish television series The Department Store and Lorry in the 1980s. She left the cast of The Department Store after identifying too closely with her character. Endre was hired by the Royal Dramatic Theatre in 1987. Prior to her role on The Department Store, she had a small part in the film The Inside Man in 1984.
Since then she has acted in a number of television and film productions, primarily in Sweden and Norway.
She is known for her part in the Liv Ullmann film Trolösa (2000), as well as her role as Katarina, the love interest for Wallander in the second TV series of that name.[when?] Endre also appeared in two films by Danish director Simon Staho, Dag och Natt (2004) and Himlens Hjärta (2008), for which she was nominated as Best Leading Actress at the Swedish film awards, “Guldbagge”. More recently, Endre dramatized the character “Erika Berger,” editor of the fictional investigative periodical Millenium in the trilogy of films—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest (all 2009)—based on the eponymous trio of Stieg Larsson books.
Lena Endre received “Guldbagge” (Swedish film award) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1997 and for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2000, and was a host of the same awards in 2006.
Endre has two children from a relationship with the actor Thomas Hanzon that spanned from 1988 to 1998. Endre was married to the Swedish director Richard Hobert from 2000 to 2012.