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- "I was very happy to get the part, but it was the first thing I did in English -- Young Indiana Jones was in Italian and German. I never spoke English in that. So I was a little nervous."
- ―Pernilla August
Pernilla August (born Mia Pernilla Hertzman-Ericson on February 13, 1958) played Shmi Skywalker in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. She later reprised her role in one episode of the third season of The Clone Wars TV series.
Pernilla August started acting as a child in theater and at school. She made her professional acting debut as Pernilla Wallgren in 1975 when she obtained a minor role in Roy Andersson's drama film Giliap. She was accepted at the Statens scenskola in 1979 to study acting.
August won the Best Actress Award at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival for her role in Ingmar Bergman's The Best Intentions. She collaborated with this director on several other films, such as Fanny and Alexander, Private Confessions, and In the Presence of a Clown.
In 1993, August played in two episodes of George Lucas's TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. A few years later, Lucas would remember her for the role of Anakin Skywalker's mother in his new Star Wars trilogy.
Theatrically, August played in several plays, performing such stage roles as Ophelia in Hamlet (1986), which earned her the 1987 London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress, Nora in A Doll's House (1989), Hermione in The Winter's Tale (1994), the title role in Mary Stuart (2000), and Helene Alving in Ghosts (2002).
In 2010, August co-wrote and directed the Swedish film Svinalängorna, known internationally as Beyond. The film took home the International Critic's Week Award and the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special Award at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in September of that year. In 2011, it also garnered August the Guldbagge Award for Best Director, an award given annually by the Swedish Film Institute, roughly analogous to an Academy Award. She had made her debut as a director with the short movie Blindgångare (Time Bomb) in 2005.
|2012||The Last Sentence||Maja Forssman|
|2012||Call Girl||Dagmar Glans|
|2012||Hamilton: In the Interest of the Nation||Sara Landhag|
|2011||Father of Four: Back in the Nature||Unknown role|
|2011||Star Wars: The Clone Wars||Shmi Skywalker||TV series (voice) - "Overlords"|
|2009||A Rational Solution||Karin Byström|
|2007||The Fox and the Child||Narrator||Swedish version (voice)|
|2007||Elias and the Royal Yacht||Berte||Swedish version (voice)|
|2006||Those Who Whisper||Anna Gustavsson||TV movie|
|2005||Mouth to Mouth||Leyla|
|2004||Howl's Moving Castle||Madame Suliman||Swedish version (voice)|
|2004||Day and Night||Eva|
|2003||Håkan Bråkan||Leader of Space||TV series|
|2003||Heliga Birgitta||Bridget of Sweden||TV movie documentary|
|2003||Jag kommer hem igen till jul - En julkonsert||Unknown role||TV movie|
|2002||Everyone Loves Alice||Psychologist||(voice)|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones||Shmi Skywalker|
|2002||I Am Dina||Hjertrud|
|2002||A Love Affair||Anna||Short movie|
|2002||Karlsson-on-the-Roof||Mum||TV series (voice)|
|2001||Deadline||Beata Ekesjö||a.k.a. The Bomber|
|2001||Hr. Boe & Co.'s Anxiety||Unknown role||Short movie|
|2000||Dinosaur||Plio||Swedish version (voice)|
|1999||Mary, Mother of Jesus||Mary of Nazareth||TV movie|
|1999||Where the Rainbow Ends||Tove|
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace||Shmi Skywalker|
|1999||Offer och gärningsmän||Pia||TV miniseries|
|1998||Kök||Unknown role||Short movie|
|1998||The Last Contract||Nina Nyman|
|1997||In the Presence of a Clown||Karin Bergman||TV movie|
|1997||Den sista yankeen||Patricia Hamilton||TV movie|
|1997||Persons parfymeri||Bodil||TV series|
|1996||Private Confessions||Anna||TV movie|
|1995||En nämndemans död||Vanja Holm||TV miniseries|
|1993||The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||Emilie & Mamma||TV series|
|1991||The Best Intentions||Anna Åkerblom Bergman||TV miniseries|
|1989||The Wild Duck||Gina Ekdahl||TV movie (as Pernilla Östergren)|
|1989||Den döende dandyn||Thora Dardel||TV movie (as Pernilla Östergren)|
|1986||The Serpent's Way||Eva||(as Pernilla Östergren)|
|1985||Den tragiska historien om Hamlet - Prins av Danmark||Ofelia||TV movie (as Pernilla Wallgren)|
|1984||Hur ska det gå för Pettersson?||Ingrid||TV miniseries (as Pernilla Wallgren)|
|1983||Mr. Sleeman Is Coming||Unknown role||TV movie (as Pernilla Wallgren)|
|1983||Alfred Nobel - Mr. Dynamite||Sofie Hess||TV movie (as Pernilla Wallgren)|
|1982||Fanny and Alexander||Maj||(as Pernilla Wallgren)|
|1981||Tuppen||Åsa Eriksson||(as Pernilla Wallgren)|
|1979||Linus and the Mysterious Red Brick House||Abigail||(as Pernilla Wallgren)|
|1975||Giliap||Girl at Summer Hotel||(as Pernilla Wallgren)|
- "Universal Mother"—Star Wars Insider 44
- "Women of the Force"—Star Wars Insider 47
- "Pernilla August: Mother of the Force"—Star Wars Insider 54
Notes and referencesEdit
- Pernilla August on Wikipedia