Born Johan Allan Edwall in Jämtland in the north of Sweden on 25 August 1924, he grew up in a communist household with a father who was an active trade unionist. He studied at the Royal Dramatic Theatre drama school between 1949 and 1952, and was a member of the company of that theatre during various periods in his career. He was also associated with the Stockholm City Theatre where, in addition to acting, he also directed plays he had written himself.
Edwall was also a working musician who wrote his own songs, often in heavy northern Swedish dialect and strongly influenced by traditional Swedish folk music – usually in a minor key and with violin and accordion accompaniment. He released a number of records, the best-known of which is Grovdoppa (1979), and he often appeared at folk festivals.
His big breakthrough came with his appearance in a Swedish television adaptation of August Strindberg’s Natives of Hemsö in 1966, followed in 1970 by The Red Room. Allan Edwall was… read more