Lena Endre was born 8 July 1955 in Stockholm, Sweden. She began studying marine biology, but quit her studies. In 1979, she acted with amateur theatre groups at Teater Sputnik and Inge Waern’s Theatre Studio. In 1983, she was accepted at the Stockholm Academy of the Performing Arts, where one of her classmates was Gunilla Röör.
Graduating in 1986, she quickly snapped up a role in TV series Varuhuset, which proved to be her public breakthrough. She had previously played a minor role in the film The Inside Man, which turned out to be somewhat of a fiasco and her contribution to the film had passed by unnoticed. The success of Varuhuset came with its own share of problems, and she left the series when she felt she was being too closely identified with her character in the series. In 1987, she was hired at the Royal Dramatic Theatre.
In addition to portraying a number of strong, independent female characters in films including Kristin Lavransdotter, Christmas Oratorio and… read more