Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, best known for his role as Mikael Blomkvist in the Millennium trilogy of films, has passed away aged 56 after a battle with lung cancer.
“On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer,” reads a statement from his rep. “Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him. His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”
Nyqvist enjoyed success in his native Sweden with toles in the likes of Beck, Together and the Oscar-nominated As It is in Heaven, before gaining international recognition in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. This opened the door to Hollywood, and roles in the likes of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and John Wick. His other recent roles include the likes of Frank and Lola, Colonia and the upcoming action thriller Hunter Killer.