The Chestnut Man cast spotlights Danica Curcic, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard and Iben Dorner. This info article contains minor spoilers for the Danish Netflix series. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.
Based on the 2018 novel by Søren Sveistrup, The Chestnut Man follows two Copenhagen detectives who investigate a series of murders. Nail Thulin and her partner Mark connect the crimes to the past disappearance and alleged killing of a 12-year-old girl. Directed by Kasper Barfoed and Mikkel Serup, the Danish series mixes procedural drama with a thriller subplot about regional politics. Here’s every main performer and character in The Chestnut Man.
The Chestnut Man Cast: Danica Curcic as Naia Thulin
Character Profile: A Copenhagen detective. She wants to join the cyber crime unit in order to spend more time with her daughter, Le. Naia investigates a series of murders with a perceptive Interpol agent.
Curcic’s Resume: Sanne in Silent Heart (2014), Kimmie in Department Q: The Absent One (2014), Darling in Darling (2017), Iben in The Exception (2019), Astrid in Equinox (2020)
The Chestnut Man Cast: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard as Mark Hess
Character Profile: A liaison officer from Interpol who spends time in Copenhagen while awaiting a new assignment. He becomes immersed in a serial killer case and shows Naia that he’s an ideal investigative partner. Mark’s wife died in a house fire.
Følsgaard’s Resume: Christian VII in A Royal Affair (2012), Uffe Lynggaard in Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes (2013), Emil Grønnegaard in The Legacy (2014-17), Lt. Ebbe Jensen in Land of Mine (2015), Martin in The Rain (2018-20)
The Chestnut Man Cast: Iben Dorner as Rosa Hartung
Character Profile: The minister of social affairs. Her 12-year-old daughter was allegedly killed by a man named Linus Bekker. Rosa receives death threats and learns that her daughter’s DNA has been found at various crime scenes.
Dorner’s Resume: Helle in Pagten (2009), Sanne in Borgen (2010-11), Benedicte Schaeffer in Those Who Kill: Shadow of the Past (2011), Senta Andersen in Tatort (2019), Gunna in The Sommerdahl Murders (2020)
The Chestnut Man Cast: Esben Dalgaard Andersen as Steen Hartung
Character Profile: Iben’s husband. He firmly believes that his daughter is still alive. Steen’s faith (and alcoholism) creates conflict with his wife and son, both of whom want to move on with their lives.
Andersen’s Resume: Casper in The Stranger (2017), Anders Dybdal Jensen in Hånd i hånd (2018-20), Grot in Tinka og kongespillet (2019), Møller in Bedrag (2019), Einar Blechingberg in The Good Traitor (2020)
The Chestnut Man Cast: David Dencik as Simon Genz
Character Profile: Naia’s colleague, the head of forensics. He is responsible for the initial case breakthroughs involving the chestnut murders. Simon wants to spend personal time with Naia.
Dencik’s Resume: Toby Esterhase in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Alexander/”Puss” in Top of the Lake (2017), Boris Godman in McMafia (2018), Mikhail Gorbachev in Chernobyl (2019), Valdo Obruchev in No Time to Die (2021)
The Chestnut Man Cast: Lars Ranthe as Nylander
Character Profile: Naia’s superior. He refuses to transfer her to the cyber crimes unit. Nylander believes that he identified the killer of Rosa’s daughter, and thus worries that new developments in the chestnut murders could prove that he was wrong all along.
Ranthe’s Resume: Esben in Adam’s Apples (2005), Kjeld Petersen in A Funny Man (2011), Bruun in The Hunt (2012), Tom in Warrior (2018), Peter in Another Round (2020)
The Chestnut Man Cast: Anders Hove as Aksel
Character Profile: Naia’s father-in-spirit, a former police officer. He looks after Le. Aksel is a skeptical man who keeps a close eye on everybody who approaches or enters Naia’s home.
Hove’s Resume: Cesar Faison in General Hospital (1990-2018), Cesar Faison in Loving (1993), Josephine’s Father in The Idiots (1998), Odin in Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), Rimbod in Tinka og kongespillet (2019)
The Chestnut Man cast also includes Liva Forsberg (Speak No Evil), Ali Kazim (Adam’s Apples, Journey to Saturn), Marie-Lydie Melono Nokouda (Department Q: The Absent One, Walk with Me), Nicolai Dahl Hamilton (Album, The Hunt), Camilla Lau (Herrens veje, Journal 64), Peder Thomas Pedersen (Gidseltagningen, The Sommerdahl Murders), Pernille René (The Prophets of Ignorance, 29), Arian Kashef (Deliver Us, When the Dust Settles) and Elliott Crosset Hove (Winter Brothers, Wildland).
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