• Lars Mikkelsen leads Ride Upon The Storm and just won the International Emmy Award for Best Actor. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The Danish actor won for his role in the compelling drama 'Ride Upon The Storm', playing Johannes - the patriarch of a family of priests.
SBS Guide

23 Nov 2018 - 11:08 AM  UPDATED 14 Feb 2019 - 1:42 PM

SBS favourite Lars Mikkelsen this week took to the stage to receive the Best Actor award at the 46th International Emmy Awards. He won for his role in the superb Danish drama Ride Upon The Storm.

Mikkelsen is the first Danish actor to win an International Emmy award. 

“It’s completely surreal; there were so many strong performances from the other nominees,” Mikkelsen told DR.

“In Denmark, for many years we have been frontrunners in drama, and this prize underlines that one can still count on us. I’m so happy and honoured.”

Other entrants in the category included Cardinal star Billy Campbell (seasons one and two of the series are streaming now at SBS On Demand), Julio Andrade for Brazilian series Um Contra Todos (One Against All) and Tolga Saritaş from Turkish series Soz (The Oath).

You can watch Ride Upon The Storm now, streaming at SBS On Demand. Mikkelsen's prior series The Team and his film A Caretaker's Tale are also currently streaming.

Ride Upon The Storm

The first season of Ride Upon The Storm is streaming now at SBS On Demand, with the second season coming soon. This series is from award-winning screenwriter Adam Price (Borgen) and stars Lars Mikkelsen (The Killing, Borgen) as the patriarch of the modern-day Krogh family. The church is the family business, with a lineage of priests dating back over 250 years.

Johannes (played by Mikkelsen) is headed for the top job as the Bishop of Copenhagen, but the politics to get there aren't easy to overcome. Ride Upon The Storm is a modern character-led Danish story about faith - both in the traditional, religious sense and in the wider context of what it is that guides us through existence.

More at SBS On Demand:
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