Biography

Björk, born November 21, 1965, is an Icelandic Polar Music Prize-winning singer-songwriter, occasional actress, music composer and music producer, whose solo work includes seven solo albums and two original film soundtracks. Björk's intermittent acting career began in 1990, when she appeared in The Juniper Tree, a tale of witchcraft based on the Brothers Grimm story of the same name. Björk played the role of Margit, a girl whose mother has been killed for practicing witchcraft. Björk also had an uncredited role in 1994's Prêt-à-Porter. In 1999, Björk was asked to write and produce the musical score for the film Dancer in the Dark, a musical drama about an immigrant named Selma who is struggling to pay for an operation to prevent her son from going blind. Director Lars von Trier eventually asked her to consider playing the role of Selma, convincing her that the only true way to capture the character of Selma was to have the composer of the music play the character. Eventually, she accepted. Filming began in early 1999, and the film debuted in 2000 at the 53rd Cannes Film Festival. The film received the Palme d'Or, and Björk received the Best Actress Award for her role. It was reported that the shoot was so physically and emotionally tiring that she swore off acting ever again. Björk later stated that she always wanted to do one musical in her life, and this was the one. The soundtrack Björk created for the film was released with the title Selmasongs. The album features a duet with Thom Yorke of Radiohead titled "I've Seen It All", which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song and was performed at the 2001 Oscars. She was invited to record "Gollum's Song" for the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers but declined the invitation, as she was then pregnant. Björk also appeared in the 2005 documentary Screaming Masterpiece, which delves into the Icelandic music scene. The movie features archive footage of The Sugarcubes and Tappi Tíkarrass, and an ongoing conversation with Björk herself. Her partner Matthew Barney is a contemporary artist based in New York. Björk collaborated with him on the experimental art film Drawing Restraint 9, a dialogueless exploration of Japanese culture. Björk and Barney both appear in the film. The film was released in 2005. She is also responsible for the film's soundtrack, her second after Selmasongs. Director and previous collaborator Michel Gondry asked Björk to star in his film The Science of Sleep, but she declined. In 2010, she collaborated with SHOWstudio and founder Nick Knight by providing music for an Alexander McQueen tribute.

Björk, born November 21, 1965, is an Icelandic Polar Music Prize-winning singer-songwriter, occasional actress, music composer and music producer, whose solo work includes seven solo albums and two original film soundtracks. Björk's intermittent acting career began in 1990, when she appeared in The Juniper Tree, a tale of witchcraft based on the Brothers Grimm story of the same name. Björk played the role of Margit, a girl whose mother has been killed for practicing witchcraft. Björk also had an uncredited role in 1994's Prêt-à-Porter. In 1999, Björk was asked to write and produce the musical score for the film Dancer in the Dark, a musical drama about an immigrant named Selma who is struggling to pay for an operation to prevent her son from going blind. Director Lars von Trier eventually asked her to consider playing the role of Selma, convincing her that the only true way to capture the character of Selma was to have the composer of the music play the character. Eventually, she accepted. Filming began in early 1999, and the film debuted in 2000 at the 53rd Cannes Film Festival. The film received the Palme d'Or, and Björk received the Best Actress Award for her role. It was reported that the shoot was so physically and emotionally tiring that she swore off acting ever again. Björk later stated that she always wanted to do one musical in her life, and this was the one. The soundtrack Björk created for the film was released with the title Selmasongs. The album features a duet with Thom Yorke of Radiohead titled "I've Seen It All", which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song and was performed at the 2001 Oscars. She was invited to record "Gollum's Song" for the film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers but declined the invitation, as she was then pregnant. Björk also appeared in the 2005 documentary Screaming Masterpiece, which delves into the Icelandic music scene. The movie features archive footage of The Sugarcubes and Tappi Tíkarrass, and an ongoing conversation with Björk herself. Her partner Matthew Barney is a contemporary artist based in New York. Björk collaborated with him on the experimental art film Drawing Restraint 9, a dialogueless exploration of Japanese culture. Björk and Barney both appear in the film. The film was released in 2005. She is also responsible for the film's soundtrack, her second after Selmasongs. Director and previous collaborator Michel Gondry asked Björk to star in his film The Science of Sleep, but she declined. In 2010, she collaborated with SHOWstudio and founder Nick Knight by providing music for an Alexander McQueen tribute.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 47

Birthday 1965-11-21

Place of Birth Reykjavík, Iceland

Official Site http://bjork.com

Also Known As

  • Björk Guðmundsdóttir

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Sugar Cubes - The DVD as Björk
2017 The Nineties(1 episode) as Herself
2017 Out of Thin Air as Herself (archive footage)
2016 Björk - Vulnicura Live as Herself
2014 Björk: Biophilia Live as Herself
2013 When Bjork Met Attenborough as Herself
2009 Bjork - Voltaic Live as Herself
2008 Náttúra Concert Featuring Björk and Sigur Rós as Herself
2007 Anna og skapsveiflurnar as Anna
2006 Matthew Barney: No Restraint as Herself
2005 The Colbert Report(1 episode)
2005 Drawing Restraint 9 as Occidental Guest
2005 Screaming Masterpiece as herself
2005 The Medúlla Videos as Herself
2004 Björk: Live at Canal + as Herself
2004 Björk: The Inner or Deep Part of an Animal or Plant Structure as Herself
2004 Arakimentari as Herself
2003 The Work of Director Chris Cunningham as Herself
2003 The Work of Director Spike Jonze as Herself
2003 Björk: Later with Jools Holland
2003 Minuscule as Herself
2003 Inside Björk as Herself
2002 Björk: Greatest Hits - Volumen 1993-2003 as Herself
2002 Björk: Volumen Plus as Herself
2002 Björk: Live at Cambridge
2002 Björk at the Royal Opera House as as Herself
2002 Björk: MTV Unplugged & MTV Live as vocals
2001 Björk - Live at Shepherds Bush Empire as Herself
2001 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross(2 episodes)
2000 Von Trier's 100 Eyes as Herself
2000 The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez as Herself (Background Footage)
2000 Dancer in the Dark as Selma Jezkova
1999 Björk: No place like home (Live at National Theatre of Reykjavík - Þjóðleikhúsið) as Herself
1999 Björk: Volumen as Herself
1996 TFI Friday(1 episode)
1995 The Frank Skinner Show(1 episode)
1994 Prêt-à-Porter as Herself
1994 Vessel as Herself
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(1 episode)
1990 The Juniper Tree as Margit
1989 MTV Unplugged(1 episode)
1988 Broken Glass as Maria
1982 Rokk í Reykjavík as Herself
1975 Saturday Night Live(2 episodes) as Musical Guest
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode)

Sound

2009 Work in Progress by BjörkOriginal Music Composer
2000 Dancer in the DarkOriginal Music Composer
1993 The Young AmericansMusic

Directing

2009 Bjork - Voltaic LiveDirector

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