Peter Vilhelm Franzén (born 14 August 1971) is a Finnish actor, author, screenwriter, and director.
Franzén was born in Keminmaa, north Finland. Franzén has described his childhood as difficult due to his violent and alcoholic stepfather. Later, Franzén's relationship to his abusive stepfather was a major focal point in his semi-autobiographical novel, Above Dark Waters. He met his actress wife Irina Björklund while studying in Theatre Academy of Finland. In 1999 the couple moved to Los Angeles, where they lived until 2013, after which they moved to Roquevaire, France. They have a son, born in September 2007.
As an actor, Franzén has appeared in over 50 films and TV series. For his role in Dog Nail Clipper, Franzén was awarded a Jussi Award for Best Actor as well as earning praise from film critic Jay Weissberg from Variety magazine who called the actor "one of the most talented and versatile thesps in Finland".
In his career he has appeared in Finnish, Estonian, German, English, Swedish, and Hungarian speaking roles. In 2015, Franzén was cast as King Harald Finehair from the fourth season of Vikings. Franzén has also been cast in Amazon Prime Video's upcoming The Wheel of Time TV series.
In 2010 Franzén published a partly autobiographical novel Tumman veden päällä (Above Dark Waters).
In 2013 Franzén wrote Samoilla silmillä, a sequel to Tumman veden päällä.
In 2017 Tammi published Särkyneen pyörän karjatila, third book by Franzén.
In 2013 Franzén directed the film "Above Dark Waters", based on novel he had written in 2010. In 2020, he directed and starred in a pilot for a viking-themed tv-series called "Age of Vikings" which was shot in Old Swedish.
Awards and honours
In 2013 Franzén was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland.
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