Danish 'Borgen' Star Sidse Babett Knudsen to Make English-Language Film Debut


She will star in Peter Strickland's "The Duke of Burgundy" opposite Chiara D'Anna.

LONDON – Sidse Babett Knudsen, the star of hit Danish series Borgen, will make her English-language film debut in Peter Strickland's The Duke of Burgundy.

The film is being produced by Britain's Rook Films, co-owned by cult filmmaker Ben Wheatley, whose credits include Kill List and Sightseers.

Wheatley will executive produce the project, which will shoot on location in Hungary starting in mid-September.

The Duke of Burgundy, described as a "dark melodrama" has been co-developed and co- financed by Film4 and the British Film Institute. International sales are being handled by Protagonist Pictures.

Denmark's Knudsen, who played the first female Danish prime minister in three seasons of Borgen, will star opposite Chiara D’Anna. D’Anna appeared in Strickland’s last film Berberian Sound Studio.  

Andy Starke of Rook Films is producing, with Film4's Anna Higgs, Lizzie Francke from the BFI and Ildiko Kemeny of Hungarian production company Pioneer.

Knudsen made her film debut in Jonas Elmer’s Let’s Get Lost in 1997, followed by Susanne Bier’s The One And Only.